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Snow hits London and parts of Britain in -5C chill as beer gardens finally reopen

SNOW has hit London and other parts of Britain today as beer gardens reopen in England.

Temperatures plunged to -5C overnight on the first day lockdown restrictions ease across the country.

Punters are set to shiver as pubs serve up al fresco pints in bracing conditions, with the mercury a bone-chilling 1C in the capital this morning.

Hungry diners flocking to restaurants will need to wrap up warm in outdoor seating areas as the snow was pictured carpeting the country this morning.

Piers Morgan tweeted: "BREAKING: As pubs & restaurants re-open outside… it’s started snowing in London.

"In mid-April. This is as British as Britain gets."


Brits faced temperatures of -2C in the early hours of the morning across Britain.

But the Baltic conditions didn't stop thirsty boozers downing pints after midnight as Covid lockdown restrictions ended.

Keen punters were seen waiting patiently in line for pubs to open for the first time since January 6.

Some 20,000 pubs and 10,000 restaurants will serve outdoors to rule-of-six punters. Thousands more will offer takeaway drinks.

Along with beer gardens and outdoor dining areas, non-essential shops, hairdressers, indoor gyms, swimming pools, nail salons and zoos in England will also be reopening.

Boris Johnson urged the nation to "behave responsibly" as pubs reopened after months of lockdown.

"I'm sure it will be a huge relief for those business owners who have been closed for so long, and for everyone else it's a chance to get back to doing some of the things we love and have missed," Mr Johnson said.

"I urge everyone to continue to behave responsibly and remember 'hands, face, space and fresh air' to suppress Covid as we push on with our vaccination programme."

In England, pubs and restaurants have been making changes during lockdown to maximise their ability to serve customers outside.

But the British Beer and Pub Association estimates that just 40 per cent of licensed premises have the space to reopen for outdoor service.

The Met Office has said rain will move south-eastwards throughout the day, hitting the Midlands by mid-morning and reaching the south coast by the afternoon and evening.

Heavy rain and hill snow is also forecast for Northern Ireland and west Wales in the morning.

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