Revelers flock to the pubs and bars as the hot bank holiday weather heads towards 18C

Temperatures will hit as high as 18C in the south on Monday, the Met Office says, as people head to pubs and bars

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UK Weather: Expect sunshine and scattered showers

Revelers flocked to bars and pubs over the Bank Holiday weekend with temperatures reaching 18C.

Photos show groups of friends around town in Leeds and Birmingham – posing with big smiles in costumes and fancy hats.

Many enjoyed a pub crawl to West Yorkshire’s famous Otley Run with drinks in the sun.

In London, too, people made the most of the sun.

And temperatures will be even warmer over the bank holidays – and could hit 18C by Monday.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said he was “pretty optimistic that we can see the sun punching some holes through this cloud”, although there may be showers too.

People enjoying themselves in the sun on the day of the Otley Run



Monday “won’t be a scorcher but it won’t be a washout” where temperatures will be around 17-18C in the south or 15-16C in places like Belfast and Glasgow.

The UK expects a ‘mixed bag’ of sunshine and showers over the bank holiday weekend.

Mr Snell said: “I am confident that people will be able to make the most of the holidays.”

Revelers make the most of the bank holidays in Soho, central London


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He said: “It’s going to be a bit mixed on Saturday with the best weather in England and Wales.

“There will be clouds and at some point over the next 24 to 48 hours we will all see some rain which will be welcome for some as April was very dry for the southern third of the UK.”

Groups of friends enjoying the holiday weekend



This month was the latest in a series of dry Aprils, with rainfall some 35% below average, according to the Met Office.

It will be “a fairly grey, damp day” for England and Wales on Sunday, with most of the rain hitting the west and light and patchy rain hitting eastern areas. Rain that is “somewhat more persistent” is possible in Wales and south-west England.

In Scotland and Northern Ireland, bright spots follow a wet start.

A man drives a narrowboat decorated with colorful flags in Little Venice, London


Wiktor Szymanowicz/REX/Shutterstock)

Temperatures on Sunday in England and Wales will be around 14-15C so “probably not the best feeling for the start of May” but highs could reach 15-16C in Scotland.

Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 5-4 (down from 3-1) that Britain is having its hottest summer ever this year.

The firm goes 2-1 (up from 5-2) next month as May is record-breakingly hot.

“Bets are pointing to a record hot summer in Britain this year. After a choppy couple of weeks it’s something to look forward to,” said Coral’s John Hill.

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