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Brits brave heavy rain and winds to hit pub beer gardens in weekend washout

Eager Brits braved cold temperatures, heavy rain and strong winds to spend time at pub beer gardens yesterday.

The UK experienced a wet start to the weekend, with showers covering most parts of the country.

Wales was particularly wet and the Met Office issued a yellow warning for rain in southern areas of the country, urging drivers to be careful when on the road.

But despite the rainfall and cold temperatures, Brits wrapped up and still hit the pubs, sitting under umbrellas with their friends and family outdoors.

Under current coronavirus restrictions in England, hospitality venues can only open outdoors until May 17, when they will be allowed to welcome customers indoors too.

A punter braves the rain as she enjoys a drink in Sheffield

A group of women enjoyed a wet and windy birthday celebration at a beer garden in Sunderland, using umbrellas to repair themselves from the rain as they drank their pints.

A woman armed herself with a coat and a scarf as she enjoyed a drink in Sheffield in the morning.

Pub beer gardens in Leeds also looked busy despite the poor weather, with people queuing under the rain and waiters using raincoats to serve food and drinks.

People sat outside restaurants and cafes despite heavy rain in Leeds
People sat outside restaurants and cafes despite heavy rain in Leeds

A couple used umbrellas to shield themselves from the rain in Sheffield
A couple used umbrellas to shield themselves from the rain in Sheffield

The Met Office warned Brits that Saturday would be a wet day, with clouds and rain covering most parts of the UK, especially in the morning.

Southern England turned drier in the afternoon as rain moved north and east.

The mercury showed a big difference between the north and the south, with mild air in the southeast and colder temperatures in Scotland.

Friends queued outside hospitality venues in Leeds on a wet weekend
Friends queued outside hospitality venues in Leeds on a wet weekend

Wales was rainy pretty much all day, with more showers recorded in the evening, where a yellow warning remained in place until midnight.

The heaviest rainfall was registered in Croeserw, West Glamorgan, with 98.2mm of rain, according to the Met Office.

The village of Treherbert followed with 89mm of rain.

Sunday will be much warmer, although some areas are still expected to be wet, the Met Office said.

A Met Office yellow warning for rain was issued for South Wales
The Met Office issued a yellow warning for South Wales, including Cardiff and Swansea, on Saturday

Forecasters said: “Sunday morning will be largely frost free and cloudy.

“Heavy showers will roll into the northwest and patchy light rain will move eastwards across England and Wales.”

Scotland and Northern Ireland will be wet, with heavy rain, while other areas will experience sunny spells today, according to the Met Office’s forecast.

A joggers ran as heavy rain hit Wimbledon Common, London, yesterday morning
A joggers ran as heavy rain hit Wimbledon Common, London, yesterday morning

A bus drove through floodwater on the roads around the Valley Gardens area of Brighton
A bus drove through floodwater on the roads around the Valley Gardens area of Brighton

The weather will stay warm in southeastern England, with temperatures reaching 20C in the afternoon.

Next week will see a mixture of sunshine and showers, with a risk of thunder at times.

Starting from May 17, Brits will be able to visit indoor hospitality venues as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased.

UK 5 day weather forecast

Today

Band of cloud and rain across central parts of England turning more showery. Else, sunny spells, but also showers, some heavy in the west, and in the south-east later with a risk of thunder. Warm in southeast England.

Tonight

Rain, some heavy and thundery across east and south-east England, else clear spells and some showers, these chiefly in the west.

Monday

Early rain soon clearing from eastern England, but possibly affecting north-east Scotland later. Otherwise, breezy with sunshine and scattered heavy showers and a risk of hail and thunder.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday

All parts likely to see a mixture of sunshine and showers, some heavy with a risk of thunder. Perhaps more persistent rain for parts of the south later.


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