Brits to bask in the the sun for long-awaited pub re-openings on Monday

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Brits are set to enjoy pints in the sun as wintry conditions clear in time for pubs and shops to reopen on Monday.

Publicans are keeping their fingers crossed that the British weather will stay fair as forecasters predict five days of settled weather and rising temperatures across much of the country.

Millions have begun the countdown for their first pulled pint in months when lockdown rules are eased on April 12.

Beer-lover Paul Bennett tweeted: "Anyone else already planning what to wear to the pub on Monday? Might need to sort outfits for all weather conditions."

John Pile wrote: "Dunno about anyone else, these snow showers are getting me in the mood for some pub gardens opening on Monday. Lovely weather for it!"

But publican Adam Brooks added: "I’ll remind you’s that think Monday is some industry saving pub party.. 40% of pubs will open on April 12th.

"IF the weather is kind, just HALF of those will possibly turn a profit. Many Breweries are going Full rent within weeks, for a business we cannot trade as designed."

London is expected see sunny conditions throughout with highs of 13C with the Met Office saying it'll be "mostly dry in the south with sunny spells" from Monday.

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The forecaster said it'll be "cloudy in the north with rain or showers at times" on Monday and Tuesday.

Its predictions up to Friday said: "The most likely scenario for the start of this period is for mainly settled conditions to be in place across the country.

"Unsettled conditions with rain showers may spread erratically from the west through the weekend. The heaviest and most prolonged rain as well as the strongest winds, are most likely for western and north-western areas, with eastern areas likely remaining drier and brighter.

"Temperatures will likely remain at or slightly below average at first, before recovering to potentially slightly above average for a time over the weekend.

"Confidence decreases after this, however towards the end of this period it will likely be turning less unsettled with more dry and bright interludes.

"Generally, it is expected to feel rather warm, although temperatures could be suppressed in wetter areas."

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “We welcome the great news that our pubs can reopen once more for outdoor service from April 12th.

“That first pint back in the beer garden is going to be a special moment. People across the country have been looking forward to it for months.

“We expect 40% of pubs, some 15,000 in England, to reopen from April 12th.

"Those that do open have invested a lot in ensuring customers are both comfortable and safe, making the most of the pub beer garden. But we should remember that those opening will be loss making with the ability to trade beyond break even coming with the removal of all restrictions."

  • Met Office
  • Pubs
  • Lockdown

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