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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.