Scots urged to keep 'discipline' during lockdown as warm and sunny weather forecast with 21c possible

Police have urged Scots to keep their “discipline” and adhere to the Scottish Government’s strict lockdown measures with another week of warm and sunny weather predicted across the country.

Met Office senior meterologist John Griffths says the western side of Scotland has been getting the best of the weather lately, with temperatures generally expected to reach 17-19c and possibly 20-21c in western parts of the Highlands on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The warm weather continues as the UK enters its fifth week of lockdown measures, with members of the public only allowed to leave home for essential reasons like accessing food and healthcare and exercising once a day. When outside, people should maintain a distance of 2 metres (6ft) with anyone from another household.

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But police chiefs revealed on April 10th that, after two weeks of the lockdown measures being enforceable by law, more than 530 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) had been issued across Scotland to people flouting the rules.

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And once again, residents across Scotland are being urged to stick to the UK and Scottish Government’s lockdown restrictions as the good weather persists.

Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham said: “The overwhelming majority of people across Scotland recognise it is their duty to stay indoors, protect our health service and save lives.

"I recognise how difficult this will have been, particularly for those who have been unable to enjoy the sunshine or spend time with their families and friends.

“We must maintain the discipline we have seen so far because sticking to the clear instruction from government and health experts on social distancing is critical to helping the national effort to respond to this pandemic.

“Police Scotland continues to have officers out in our communities, engaging with people, establishing their individual circumstances and explaining the risks to public health of failing to comply with guidance. We will always encourage compliance but, as a last resort, we will use the enforcement powers which are in place.”

Warm spots across Scotland

Mr Griffiths says temperatures have been hitting the high teens in recent days in western parts of Scotland, with 18.5c recorded in Kinlochewe in Wester Ross today (Monday). According to the Met Office website, Kinlochewe is expected to hit 21c on Wednesday, 19c on Thursday and 17c on Friday.

He said: “The Highlands has been favoured for the last few days. On Tuesday and Wednesday the western Highlands will be warm, maybe with 20c or so. But by Thursday it could be a bit more widespread and into southern areas like Dumfries and Galloway, with 19c possible. The central belt will get some of those temperatures by Friday.”

The Met Office website says temperatures of 17c can be expected in Glasgow on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, dropping off slightly to highs of 15c on Saturday and 14c on Sunday.

Edinburgh is forecast to stay sunny on Tuesday and Wednesday with temperatures peaking around 12-13c, but this should rise to highs of 17c on Friday with the cooler easterly winds dying down. Temperatures are likely to drop down a few degrees at the weekend.

Areas like Tyndrum, at the southern edge of Rannoch Moor, are predicted to see highs of 19c on Friday, with 17c expected on Wednesday and Thursday and 15c on Saturday.

In Aberdeen, sunshine is also forecast for the next two days but it will feel cooler, with the highest temperature for the week expected to be 13c on Friday. The weather in Dundee looks set to be similar.

Mr Griffiths suggested that more sheltered parts inland from the east coast might start to feel warmer as the week goes on, with the cooler easterly winds dying down.

Perth is forecast to see a weekly high of 17c on Friday, while further north in Inverness there will be a peak of 16c on Tuesday with 15c likely for the following three days.