Pubs opening: England set for warmer weather as further Covid rules relaxed

Hospitality venues will be able to serve food and drinks outside once again from Monday

People sit with drinks at outdoor seating at a pub in the centre of Manchester last summer (Getty Images)

Eager pub-goers could be in luck, as the temperature in England is set to rise just in time for watering holes reopening.

Good weather is set to hit the country after the hospitality sector opens its doors to customers once again on Monday 12 April.

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From this date, pubs and restaurants will be able to serve groups of up to six or two different households outside, although food and drink will only be able to be consumed at the table.

The day is set to be bright and dry following more settled weather over the weekend, and temperatures could hit a high of 12C in some areas, according to the Met Office.

It comes after the UK’s weather has fluctuated for weeks, with the country experiencing the hottest March in 50 years while some days were freezing enough that it snowed.

Warmer temperatures

However, those going to the pub for the first time in months on Monday may only enjoy good weather during the day, as the evening is predicted to be cold and frosty.

But by Wednesday, temperatures could become even warmer, with most of England experiencing highs of 10C while Londoners may be treated to a comfortable 14C.

The welcome change in weather may encourage people to take advantage of the reopening of pubs and restaurants as venues open for the first time since the lockdown was imposed in January.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted that the government will not deviate from its roadmap out of lockdown, despite the third wave of Covid sweeping across Europe.

He said: “We’re going to step two from April 12. And things seem set for May 17.”

Mr Johnson had planned to go to the pub for a pint on Monday himself, but has since cancelled his outing following the death of Prince Philip on Friday.

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