England weather: Met Office issues yellow warning for heavy rain and 65mph winds as people brave beer gardens

Strong winds were forecast from midday on Monday - but that didn’t put off May bank holiday pub-goers

People braved the elements to drink outside in England during the bank holiday (SWNS)

Parts of England are forecast to be battered by heavy rain and 65mph winds, the Met Office has warned.

The forecaster has put a yellow warning in place as strong winds are expected to hit Wales and the south of the UK from today until 9am on Tuesday (4 May), potentially causing damage and disruption.

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But the adverse weather didn’t stop some pub goers as many braved the elements to drink and eat outside during the bank holiday.

Keen drinkers took to pubs across the country on Monday despite the pouring rain to enjoy some of their first pints since Covid lockdown rules were eased earlier in April.

Bad weather set to continue

However, the bad weather is set to continue overnight, with winds of up to 50mph forecast for some inland areas, increasing to 65mph on the south coast.

The Met Office said delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport were “likely”, with winds also potentially causing damage to temporary outdoor structures.

“The winds should gradually ease through Tuesday morning. The strong winds will be accompanied by some heavy rain at times,” the Met Office added.

Highs of 12C were forecast for the east of England on Monday, with temperatures hovering between 7C and 11C for the rest of the UK.

A cloudy and wet start is forecast for the east on Tuesday, with “sunshine and showers” expected for much of the day elsewhere, the Met Office said.

Tuesday will see the mercury rise to 12C in the South, but stay around 8C to 10C in the Midlands and further north.

A “cool feel” will remain in the air into Wednesday, with further showers forecast for the north and east.