Leeds weekend weather forecast: Watch Roundhay Park weather roundup as police warn crowds over sunshine gatherings again

Here is a weekend weather roundup at Roundhay Park as Leeds has been warned by police not to gather at hotpots again this weekend after doing so in the sunshine last week.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 2:07 pm
Updated Friday, 5th March 2021, 2:10 pm

It's going to be cloudy in Leeds this weekend according to the Met Office with highs of eight degrees Celsius on Sunday.

The city is set to stay dry and while there will be some sunny intervals, it will be a cold weekend.

This is quite the change from last weekend's spring-like weather when sunshine and blue skies covered the city and Leeds was, at one point, as hot as Milan in Italy as temperatures soared.

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Roundhay Park, Leeds

Hundreds flocked to beauty hotspots across Leeds to enjoy the weather, with pictures showing a 'rammed' Roundhay Park and a very busy Woodhouse Moor.

The gatherings and crowds at Leeds parks and green spaces angered some residents who took to social media to express their concern - with some 'promising' that Covid cases would rise across the city after the weekend.

West Yorkshire Police has reminded the public that full lockdown restrictions are still in place, and it is the law still to stay at home.

Crowds gathered at the north Leeds park in the sunshine last weekend

Brian Booth is the chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, and he has questioned why people would put themselves at risk now when they can engage in gatherings or activities freely in a few months time when the risk will be far less.

He added: "I want to speak to the public to urge them to maintain the current guidelines - which are put in place to keep us all safe.

"It's not just yourselves you are putting at risk but also my colleagues just because you might want a bit of sun.

"Infection rates are still high and Covid is still strongly amongst us especially with the variants so why take so much of a risk now when in a few months you can do what you want to do?"

Under the Government's lockdown roadmap, the initial date of March 29 has been set for when people will be allowed to meet up in groups of six or from two households outdoors.

It is only at this point that people will no longer legally be required to stay at home.

England’s stay at home order does not permit people to leave the house except for essential reasons, like shopping for necessities, work, education, childcare purposes - and exercise.

But you are only allowed to stay in your local area for exercise.

Exercise, including running, cycling and walking, is also limited to once per day.

You are only able to exercise in a public, outdoor place by yourself, with the people you live with, with your support bubble, or with one person from another household while on your own and you must maintain a two metre distance apart from them.

Met Office forecast in full

Friday: After a cold and frosty start, it will be a largely dry day with sunny spells and just the odd light shower. Feeling chilly, but this wil lbe offset somewhat by the sunshine and light winds. Maximum temperature 7 °C.

Friday night: The odd light shower continuing near the coast this evening. Otherwise, it will be dry with occasional clear spells and light winds. Cold, with a widespread frost forming by dawn. Minimum temperature -3 °C.

Saturday: A cold but largely sunny morning. Patchy cloud increasing in the afternoon, but remaining dry. Light winds. Maximum temperature 7 °C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Chilly Sunday and becoming rather cloudy. Milder Monday but cloudy, with some light rain and drizzle, mainly across western hills. Cloudy with patchy rain Tuesday and becoming windy.