Revellers hit the town in Leeds and Birmingham as boozed-up Brits take advantage of the three-day weekend
REVELLERS made the most of the much longed-for bank holiday sunshine with a night out on the town.
Boozed-up Brits took advantage of the three-day weekend with an evening at the pub.
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Chelsea fans had a particularly good night after the club's Champions League win, with supporters pictured partying on the streets of London.
But the long-awaited arrival of some late spring sunshine put everyone – bar Man City fans – in a good mood.
Temperatures soared to 23C on Saturday, driving millions across the country to beaches and parks to soak up the sun.
Many of those who made the most of the weather then hit the town.
And there'll be plenty of sore heads tomorrow.
City centres including Leeds and Birmingham have been particularly busy.
Girls out in Birmingham's popular Broad Street ended the night by taking off painful shoes before heading home.
A group of men – one dressed as a bride – beamed for photographers amid one of the first big nights out of the year.
In Leeds, one woman enjoying the evening carried a full bottle of rosé wine through the street.
Others smiled and wrapped their arms around each other to celebrate relaxed rules on hugging.
It's likely the fun will continue in the days to come.
Forecasters say Monday is set to be the hottest day of the year so far, with a 25C scorcher predicted.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: "Sunglasses, a sun hat and sun screen are definitely required this weekend.
"Finally, some warm sunshine on offer this May after what has been a very, very chilly month."
And Mr Deakin's colleague Matthew Box said the news would be a "welcome change" for many.
He said: "Given that we have had a reasonably cold and then a wet couple of months through spring, with April being cold and May being wet and cloudy and generally on the cool side too, we've got a sunny end to May."
The warm weather is set to continue for the first half of June as the Met Office's long-range forecast predicts the heatwave will stay for up to two weeks.
Brits were finally allowed to meet up at the bar again in the third stage of Boris Johnson's roadmap to freedom.
From May 17, we've been able to head abroad, sit inside with friends and family and even have casual sex.
But a return to normality looks set to be delayed amid the spread of the Indian mutation.
Currently, it's hoped all restrictions will lift on June 21 – meaning clubs could open, huge crowds could return to the football and festivals would be able to take place.
However, while the Government hopes to scrap social distancing next month, face masks and work from home guidance could stay in place beyond 'freedom day'.
The Treasury is said to be prioritising the end of the 'one metre-plus' rule in a bid to kickstart the economy.
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