BRITS once again packed out beer gardens to continue the party on Sunday and make the most of the sunny weather.
People made full use of the first weekend where they could enjoy a pint outside thanks to the easing of the coronavirus restrictions.
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Three friends enjoy a drink and a laugh in ManchesterCredit: LNP
Pals raise a glass or two in LiverpoolCredit: LNP
This beer garden in Liverpool was packed outCredit: LNP
These revellers in Manchester enjoyed their drinks in the sunCredit: LNP
These friends were in high spiritsCredit: LNP
Revellers were seen dancing in central LiverpoolCredit: LNP
A group of pals from Belfast posed for a photo during their night out in LiverpoolCredit: LNP
The four ladies were all smiles as they struck a poseCredit: LNP
Diners packed out Old Compton Street, in London’s Soho, to enjoy the sunny weatherCredit: Alamy
Friends enjoyed a bit of bubbly and a picnic in Richmond, LondonCredit: LNP
A popular Cambridgeshire car boot sale returns after a year as hundreds turn up and buy and sellCredit: � Terry Harris
People punt on the River Cam in CambridgeshireCredit: Bav Media
People out for a morning swim as the temperatures rise on Branksome beach, PooleCredit: w8media
The party atmosphere was helped by some gloriously sunny weather all weekend with the mercury hitting around 17C.
The week ahead looks promising with plenty of sunshine on the way and temperatures in the mid-teens.
Thrilled Brits have been snapped messing about on rivers, riding horses through brightly coloured fields and strolling in parks.
It comes after Covid restrictions were lifted and people can now happily mingle more freely.
Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said: “It looks as though largely dry conditions are going to prevail throughout the week.
“The only day we are likely to see any showers is Wednesday.
“It’s going to be warm with lovely sunshine.”
But she warned: “It’s been a really dry month so far and has been an issue for gardeners and growers.
“Farmers are trying to grow spring crops and we need a bit of water for that. They will be praying for a little precipitation.”
SUNSHINE HERE TO STAY
Good weather is set to bed in for much of the week, with a slight dip from Wednesday before sunshine arrives again for next weekend.
The Met Office’s long forecast predicts the first half of May will see good temperatures.
It says: “Mixed weather patterns, typical of spring are most likely through the first half of May.
“Overall, fine and dry weather is expected to be most dominant, with fair-weather cloud and plenty of sunny spells.”
It reached 17C today and will continue to rise tomorrow and Tuesday, with highs of 18C expected across both days.
People out on Bournemouth beach enjoying the sunshineCredit: w8media
Greenwich Park as full of people out walking in the sunshineCredit: LNP
Blackpool Beach saw hundreds of people hit the sand to make the most of the sunCredit: Dave Nelson
Lyme Regis is busy today as people flock to the pretty seaside resortCredit: Alamy
People sitting outdoors in the warm sunshine on Wimbledon CommonCredit: Rex
Morning paddleboarders making the most of the sunshine and calm water in PooleCredit: w8media
Light showers are set to interrupt the springtime scorcher on Wednesday but temperatures will still remain well above the 13C April average.
Today’s sunshine comes a week after the country saw snow flurries and plunging temperatures.
Bookies Coral have now cut the odds on next month being the warmest May on record in the UK to just 3-1.
Spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “We’ve endured plenty of cold days this April but the sun is beginning to shine and the long range forecast looks good.
“We’ve cut the odds on next month being our warmest May ever.”
Coral go 6-4 that this summer is the warmest recorded in the UK.
Mr Aitkenhead added: “We make it 6-4 that this Summer goes on to be the hottest the UK has ever recorded as Britons begin to look forward to some sweltering weather in the coming months.”
People enjoying the sunshine in Putney, south LondonCredit: LNP
Brits flocked to Tower Bridge to walk and sit in the sunshineCredit: w8media
A woman limbers up before some exercise along the coast in the sunCredit: w8media
A horse and trap races across the shoreline on a sunny dayCredit: Bav Media
Horse riders make the most of the warm spring weather near Christchurch in Dorset todayCredit: BNPS