Scotland weather forecast: Sunny and dry weekend as lockdown travel ban lifted

Met Office forecasters predict clear skies from Friday to Sunday as lockdown eases – with thousands set to visit friends and family for the first time in months.

Scots will be able to travel anywhere in the country for outdoor socialising or exercise from Friday.

And at the same time, the rules on outdoor gatherings will change from four people from two households to six people from six households.

It’s good news for picnics and visits to the beach with no rain until Monday.

The central belt will be the warmest part of the country with temperatures peaking at around 12C in both Glasgow and Edinburgh on Saturday.

Aberdeen and the Western Isles will be a cooler 9C.

Meanwhile down south will be treated to a 20C heatwave next week.

Hospitality was allowed to reopen in England after being closed for months.

Brits were seen at pub beer gardens, outdoor bars and restaurants around the country despite cold temperatures – with some people even braving heavy snow to enjoy a pint.

But Scots will be forced to wait until April 26 for a long-awaited pint.

The weather is set to remain cold for the rest of this week, reaching highs of just 15 by Sunday.

By next Monday, temperatures are predicted to rise to a warm 20C, according to WXCharts.

BBC forecasters said the end of this month and the start of May is set to be characterised by warmer, more settled conditions.

They said: “The tail end of April and first part of May will be at the mercy of high pressure that should often find itself to the north or west, and low pressure to the south near Spain.

“The UK will be caught between these two large-scale pressure systems, so we will likely continue to see changeable weather.

Today temperatures will be between 11C and 14C, as they increase slightly after a cold start to the week.

Northern Ireland is set to be the warmest spot in the UK on Wednesday, Mr McGivern said.

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