Mini-heatwave will send temperatures soaring to 57F today as Brits enjoy new found Covid freedoms

Britons are today set to bask in another afternoon of glorious sunshine as they flock to pub gardens and outdoor bars on the second weekend of lockdown freedom.  

With temperatures set to hit 57F in parts of England and Wales today, pub gardens could be packed out as Britons reunite with friends and family after months of lockdown.

The south coast of England will see some of the warmest temperatures, with Exeter and Southampton expected to see 57F highs, while Caernarfon in Wales and Londonderry in Northern Ireland will also be among the UK’s top hot spots today.

London will be a little cooler, at 53F, with similar temperatures expected this afternoon in Liverpool and York.

It comes as the weekend’s mini-heatwave got off to a scorcher, with temperatures hitting 66F yesterday.  

On what was a clear and sunny day, thirsty Britons piled into beer gardens and pack the streets of Manchester, London and Leeds. 

With temperatures set to hit 57F in parts of England and Wales today, pub gardens could be packed out as Britons reunite with friends and family after months of lockdown. Pictured: Londoners relaxed in the sunshine at Tower Bridge yesterday

With temperatures set to hit 57F in parts of England and Wales today, pub gardens could be packed out as Britons reunite with friends and family after months of lockdown. Pictured: Londoners relaxed in the sunshine at Tower Bridge yesterday

With temperatures set to hit 57F in parts of England and Wales today, pub gardens could be packed out as Britons reunite with friends and family after months of lockdown. Pictured: Londoners relaxed in the sunshine at Tower Bridge yesterday

This weekend is the second since pubs and bars with outdoor areas were allowed to throw open their doors again after lockdown measures were eased in England.

Measures have also been eased in Scotland, while Wales lifted restrictions on outdoor drinking this weekend. Pubs in Northern Ireland are set to reopen outdoor areas from Friday.  

It comes as bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds to 2-1 on next month being the hottest May ever, and also made it 11-8 that the UK will record its highest ever temperature at some point this year. 

This month is on course to be one of the driest Aprils on record with the UK seeing just 18 per cent of its average rainfall, putting the month in line for a place in the history books if the weather continues in this vein. 

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