Recently I was updating my plugins on my local server and somehow the page got refreshed and my WordPress installation got stuck at the following message:

"Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute."

You can easily bypass this message via following steps:

  1. On your local or web server, browse to the main installation (root) directory for WordPress.
  2. On local if you have enabled hidden files, you will need to enable hidden files.
  3. You will see a file named .maintenance in the root directory.
  4. Simply delete this file to bypass the above mentioned message and you can access your WordPress dashboard and site as you normally do.
  5. You can choose to perform the upgrades again and make sure the page should not get refreshed. If it does again follow the step again.