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Things to do indoors if thunder and rain ruin your weekend plans


After months of lockdowns, many of us will be keen to make the most of the recent warm weather, but here are some ideas in case it subsides (Credits: Getty/iStockphoto)

It’s been very warm for the past few days.

So warm that we’ve been telling you what to do if your office gets too hot and how to cool off with an ice cold treat.

However, as soon as we started embracing the sunshine, the Met Office issued an official yellow thunderstorm weather warning which affects many parts of the UK.

We’re keeping everything crossed that there isn’t any, but just in case some does arrive, here’s a list of some things you can do instead if it threatens to ruin your plans.

If you had a barbecue or a picnic planned…

It is upsetting not to be out in an open field, or by the seaside. However, all is not lost because you can still eat and connect with others inside.

‘When it thunders outside and plans get spoilt we like to get our cook on!’ says Becky Goddard-Hill, author of Create Your Own Kindness.

‘My kids love to bake and so we go to town making brownies for gran and grandpa, pizza bases for our tea and cookies for friends. When the weather improves we get some fresh air delivering our goodies. It’s fun, creative and fills the house delicious aromas.

‘Plus doing something kind makes the kids and the baked good recipients happy so it’s a win win.’

Please remember to follow all the government’s latest Covid-19 guidelines.

If you had a weekend away planned…

It’s not quite the same. We know it’s not quite the same. But can we recommend a movie marathon?

Whether the weather means you can’t catch the train you needed, or you’re stranded inside a holiday rental – order your favourite food, get into your comfiest clothes and binge that box set for goodness sakes!

Maybe you don’t want to feel left out of the office Love Island chat any longer, or perhaps you’d like to look at this handy list of some of the best things that Netflix has to offer.

We’re not going to say it’ll give you the same sense of escape. But give your brain a break and let it disengage for a bit.

If you were going to explore the great outdoors…

The jury is still out on this, but according to The National Trust, if it’s only raining, you shouldn’t let a spot of bad weather prevent you from enjoying the great outdoors.

The conservation charity suggests exploring a cave, swimming in the sea or damming a stream to name just a few of their recommended activities.

Apparently it was the author Alfred Wainwright who said: ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.’

So dig out your raincoat and off you go.

There are our ideas. We sincerely hope you don’t need them though. Wishing you sunshine all weekend long and beyond.


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