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Pubs packed across England as revellers make the most of the 20C sunshine

Punters piled into beer gardens across England to soak up the 20C sunshine as drinkers toasted to the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Revellers were pictured dancing and chatting in Manchester, Soho, Leeds and elsewhere yesterday as drinkers made the most of the incredible weather.

It comes after England’s pubs were allowed to reopen outdoors on April 12.

The reopening sparked jubilant party scenes in Soho, central London, with one drinker comparing the celebrations to ‘VE Day’.

Further revelry is expected from May 17 when England’s boozers will be able to welcome customers back inside, with groups of up to six people allowed to drink together.

Pub-goers crowded into Soho, central London, last night after a day of incredible weather
Pub-goers crowded into Soho, central London, last night after a day of incredible weather

Punters cooled themselves down during yesterday’s warm weather by sinking pints in beer gardens.

Drinkers are still expected to wear a mask when not seated in beer gardens – and they should observe social distancing.

Some pubs are not able to open outdoors due to a lack of space.

The New Inn pub in Yarm, North Yorkshire, has been pictured with just one table and two seats outside, making it potentially the smallest beer garden in the country.

Drinkers soaked up the warm weather outside bars in Manchester
Drinkers soaked up the warm weather outside bars in Manchester

Revellers packed into beer gardens in Manchester city centre yesterday
Revellers packed into beer gardens in Manchester city centre yesterday

Pubs and councils are taking steps to ensure Covid measures are followed, with a road in Manchester closed to protect punters sat at tables in the street.

But concerns have been raised about rubbish in beauty spots and busy city centres, as many flocked to beaches and parks but failed to remove their litter after facing overflowing bins not up to the task.

Scenes similar to those witnessed yesterday could take place today as the sunny weather continues with highs of 17C expected in Liverpool.

Concerns have been raised about rubbish being dumped in busy city centres
Life is starting to get back to normal but there’s a way to go yet

Punters making the most of relaxed restrictions in Soho
Punters making the most of relaxed restrictions in Soho

The celebrations may be dampened early next week as the weather turns rainy and temperatures start to fall.

The weather is set to become cooler, with highs of between 13C and 15C expected from the middle of the week.

But beer gardens could fill up again late next weekend as the mercury is expected to rise to 32C.

Soho was also packed with punters last night after a long day of drinking
Soho was also packed with punters but there was plenty of rubbish left behind too

The warm and sunny weather is expected to continue today before taking a turn next week
The warm and sunny weather is expected to continue today before taking a turn next week

Weather experts say a climate pattern called La Nina is behind the sudden surge in temperatures.

The Daily Mail reports that bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds to 2-1 on next month being the hottest May ever.

The warm weather comes after the UK shivered through the coldest start to April since 2013.

Jubilant scenes were also seen in Leeds as Brits finally let their hair down after months of lockdown
Jubilant scenes were also seen in Leeds as Brits finally let their hair down after months of lockdown

One street in Manchester has been closed to protect punters sat at tables
One street in Manchester has been closed to protect punters sat at tables

The Met Office said mean temperatures were 2-4C cooler than average for the time of year between April 1 and April 18.

Though Covid restrictions have eased, many lockdown measures are still in place, and police have vowed to crack down on anti-social behaviour at hotspots over the weekend.

Under the current revised Covid regulations six people from six different households are able to meet outdoors.



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