SUMMER is set to arrive in Warrington just in time the annual Warrington Walking Day when thousands of people will parade through the town.
It should set the perfect back drop for the new look Golden Gates which should be glittering in all their golden glory following a £500,000 refurbishments.
The Met Office outlook for Warrington from Thursday to Saturday is largely dry and sunny and becoming very warm, especially on Thursday and Friday. Slowly becoming fresher during Saturday.
Sunday will be fresher than of late, with sunny spells and occasional showers.
The showers will be heaviest in the northwest, where there will be a risk of thunderstorms and coastal gales. However southeastern areas will stay dry, warm and humid.
By Monday, the fresher conditions will spread to all areas. It will likely stay drier across the south and southeast though.
Thereafter, as we go into early July the most likely scenario is for a continuation for warm or very warm, perhaps locally hot, and potentially thundery, weather possible for parts of the UK. There is likely to be occasional spells of dry and fine weather though.
Temperatures will return closer to normal after a potentially very warm or hot spell of weather at the start of the period.
Meanwhile Warrington Borough Council is warning that vehicular access will be severely restricted to the town centre area from 7.30am to around 1pm.
Walking Day dates back to the early 1880s and it is said that early ‘walking days’ were introduced as a counter-attraction to the Old Newton Races, now well-known as Haydock Park Races.
Reverend Powys, Rector of Warrington in 1832, was accredited with its introduction, and the concept of people walking together as an expression of Christian Witness.
This year’s event has presented some additional challenges, due to the ongoing regeneration work taking place in the town centre. However, the council has worked hard to put arrangements in place – including phased road closures – so that the traditional route can be maintained.