Brits flood to beaches and parks to soak up sunshine in 20C heatwave

Brits have headed in droves to beaches and parks after temperatures rose to a comfy 20C over the weekend.

Recently reopened beer gardens are set to be packed, and more active types will take full advantage of the weather to enjoy a range of outdoor pursuits.

Current Covid regulations mean that six people from six different households are now able to meet outdoors.

Revellers are set to take full advantage of the weather, with scenes across the country from London’s Borough Market to Porthmadog in North Wales and Manchester’s Stevenson Square already filling up with Brits determined to enjoy a day in the sun.

Police have said they will break up any gatherings deemed to be too large or causing antisocial behaviour.

The Met Office has predicted temperatures to reach highs of 20C in Porthmadog on Saturday afternoon, whilst Liverpool and Shropshire are set to see 17C.

In a message on Twitter, the Met Office said: "Temperatures will reach around 20C in the west today, but will struggle along some eastern coastlines."

Met Office forecaster Martin Bowles told The Sun: "There will be lots of sunshine on Sunday, although slightly more cloudy in the east.

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"It will be a bright and dry day, while the west of the country will remain wall-to-wall sunshine.

"Over the next few days, temperatures are going to be dropping a bit because they are above average for this time of year."

This April has reportedly been one of the driest on record, with there being only around a fifth of the average rainfall for the month so far.

And the trend is tipped to continue, as it looks as though next weekend will be even warmer as a possible heatwave as high as 32C will hit over the bank holiday weekend, giving beer gardens some much needed good weather.

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The high temperatures are predicted to continue into the coming weeks, with some experts even predicting a 'Spanish Plume' of hot weather baking the UK.

Jim Dale, a meteorologist for British Weather Services, told The Sun: "There will definitely be some spikes of heat as we go into summer when I expect to see temperatures in the high 20Cs or even the low 30s."

The hot weather will be welcomed by bars and restaurants after outdoor seating was allowed to reopen from April 12.

Punters London’s Borough Market and Manchester’s Northern Quarter were already out and about on Friday night enjoying a refreshing drink in the sunshine.

Police have pledged to crack down on any antisocial behaviour resulting from the festivities, with several dispersal orders already in place in South Wales, giving the police powers to break up crowds.

In a statement, South Wales Police said: "We are not there to monitor visitor numbers and prevent those visiting in a law-abiding manner from enjoying. We are there to ensure public safety.

"We all have a responsibility to make sensible choices when we are out and about, maintaining social distancing and not putting ourselves and others at unnecessary risk."

Manchester also saw a blanket 48-hour dispersal order for the entire city centre after a crowd of hundreds assembled for an illegal rave.

Meanwhile, similar regulations were also put in place in Leeds, Shrewsbury, and Leigh-on-Sea in Essex to try to keep crowds to a minimum.

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