BRITAIN is set to bask in 15C sunshine this weekend as drinkers pile into pub beer gardens and raise a glass to Prince Philip. The warmer
BRITAIN is set to bask in 15C sunshine this weekend as drinkers pile into pub beer gardens and raise a glass to Prince Philip.
The warmer weather is a huge boost for boozers and BBQs on the first weekend since coronavirus restrictions eased across England.
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Friends enjoy a pint of Stella Artois at the Red Lion & Sun in Highgate, London[/caption]
Happy days are here again at the Royal Saracens Head pub in Beaconsfield, Bucks[/caption]
People gather in London’s Soho to enjoy a night of drinking and dining out[/caption]
While the weather is set to remain on the chilly side until Friday, things are looking up for the weekend.
Temperatures are forecast to hit the mid-teens in southeastern England on Saturday, with the mercury hovering around 11 to 15C.
Elsewhere it will be slightly cooler but still “fine, dry and bright” – just in time for thirsty Brits to make a return to outdoor venues up and down the country.
And Sunday will “feel pleasant in the sunshine”, according to the Met Office.
The spring-like conditions arrive days after hospitality venues were allowed to reopen outside after being closed for months during lockdown.
Crowds were pictured at pub beer gardens, outdoor bars and al-fresco restaurants around the country despite cold temperatures – with some people even braving heavy snow to enjoy a pint.
But the weather is set to improve, and by April 23 much of the UK will be enjoying the best of the mini-heatwave with temperatures up to 19C, according to WXCharts.
People enjoy a drink in the sun at the Skylight rooftop bar in London[/caption]
Drinkers outside the White Horse pub in Beaconsfield, Bucks[/caption]
The change in conditions also comes in time for Prince Philip’s funeral, which takes place on Saturday afternoon.
People around the country can toast the Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 on Friday after more than 70 years by the Queen’s side, in glorious sunshine.
Football fans can also make the most of the balmy weather as the Premier League moved Wolves’ clash with Sheffield United as a mark of respect to the late duke.
The fixture was due to take place on Saturday at 3pm – the same time as his funeral at Windsor Castle – but will instead kick off at 8.15pm.
But hay fever sufferers better watch out as the Met Office warns of increasing pollen levels.
The count will be moderate to high in most areas of the UK throughout the rest of this week and over the weekend.
Warm and sunny at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis.[/caption]
Crowds drink at the terrace of The Brighton Music Hall bar on the seafront[/caption]
Sunseekers enjoy the warm weather in Newcastle city centre[/caption]
It doesn’t look like the sun is going anywhere as later this month Brits are to enjoy five solid days of 20C sunshine as spring starts to heat up.
The even warmer weather will kick in from Saturday 24 as people enjoy the relaxed lockdown rules outside, according to BBC forecasters.
Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on this month going down as the hottest April on record.
As temperatures prepare to take a turn for the better, the bookies have cut odds from 12/1 to just 5/1 on this going down as a record-breaking hot April.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Despite snow falling earlier this month, there’s now an outside chance of this going down as the hottest April ever with temperatures back on the up.”
In anticipation, thirsty Brits have made 14 million pub bookings in a stampede to secure beer garden tables as lockdown restrictions lift.
Many venues in England are booked up until May, with one million reservations made for July.
The Sun found that the majority of venues in England’s biggest cities are chock-a-block for the coming weeks.
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Boris Johnson has urged Brits to be “cautious” after some scenes of booze-fuelled recklessness.
The PM said it was vital to “exercise restraint” to stop the spread of Covid 19.
Striking a gloomy note, he added: “As we unlock, the result will inevitably be that we will see more infection, sadly we will see more hospitalisation and deaths. People have just got to understand that.”