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City centres across Britain were last night teeming with jubilant revellers toasting in the May Bank Holiday as they took advantage of the first three-day weekend since Covid rules were relaxed on April 12.

Nightclubs remain closed but pubs and bars drew crowds of people seizing upon the long weekend, and a day off work, to enjoy an evening out.

Unseasonably cold temperatures did not deter drinkers in Liverpool and Leeds, who headed out into the chill wearing only light clothing.

And Britons have been warned to wrap up warm for the beer gardens tonight with rain and strong winds set to continue dampening Bank Holiday spirits this weekend.

Punters were forced to huddle under blankets and coats while dining with friends and family outside amid the torrential rain yesterday.

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Revellers make the most of the Bank Holiday weekend in Liverpool last night despite chilly temperatures

Revellers make the most of the Bank Holiday weekend in Liverpool last night despite chilly temperatures

The streets of Soho were teeming with Bank Holiday revellers last night as temperatures stayed unseasonably low

The streets of Soho were teeming with Bank Holiday revellers last night as temperatures stayed unseasonably low 

A group of people head out to enjoy their Saturday night with restrictions in the UK continuing to ease

A group of people head out to enjoy their Saturday night with restrictions in the UK continuing to ease

Revellers arrive at Circus night club in Bramley-Moore Dock,Liverpool, to attend a Covid-19 pilot event

Revellers arrive at Circus night club in Bramley-Moore Dock,Liverpool, to attend a Covid-19 pilot event

A group of friends are seen sitting on a stone wall smiling and having a good time in Leeds on Saturday night

A group of friends are seen sitting on a stone wall smiling and having a good time in Leeds on Saturday night

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Two women sit down on the pavement in Leeds on Saturday night as people headed out to make the most of their weekend

Two women sit down on the pavement in Leeds on Saturday night as people headed out to make the most of their weekend

Members of the public take to the streets in Soho tonight to make the most of their Saturday night

Members of the public take to the streets in Soho tonight to make the most of their Saturday night

A waiter comes attends to a table in Soho, London, tonight as tables are packed with people out enjoying their Saturday night

A waiter comes attends to a table in Soho, London, tonight as tables are packed with people out enjoying their Saturday night

A group of girls pose together for a photo in Newcastle as they enjoy nightlife beginning to re-emerge after lockdown

A group of girls pose together for a photo in Newcastle as they enjoy nightlife beginning to re-emerge after lockdown

A group of revellers hold drinks and smile together in Newcastle city centre this evening

A group of revellers hold drinks and smile together in Newcastle city centre this evening

Three girls hug each other, with one clutching a drink, as they enjoy their night out in Newcastle city centre

Three girls hug each other, with one clutching a drink, as they enjoy their night out in Newcastle city centre

A group of women pose together this evening in Liverpool as they wait to enter Circus night club to attend a Covid-19 pilot event

A group of women pose together this evening in Liverpool as they wait to enter Circus night club to attend a Covid-19 pilot event

Revellers in Liverpool are seen drinking, smiling and taking photos together this evening as they wait to enter the Covid-19 pilot rave event being held at Circus night club at Bramley-Moore Dock

Revellers in Liverpool are seen drinking, smiling and taking photos together this evening as they wait to enter the Covid-19 pilot rave event being held at Circus night club at Bramley-Moore Dock

In Wallingford, Oxfordshire, diners braved the conditions despite the rain lashing their umbrellas during a very wet al fresco lunch. 

A weather warning is in place for Monday with gusts of up to 60mph forecast in Wales and the south coast of England, while showers will continue to batter the country.

Temperatures will remain low for this time of year with highs of 14 degrees which drop overnight to -1C and some will see patches of sun amid the wet and windy weather.

On Saturday, intermittent rain and sun swept the country and could hinder any Bank Holiday plans.

Today will see a chilly and frosty start to the day before showers break out again before Monday's gusts kick in.

Thick cloud will build in from the west and heavy and persistent rain will push eastwards throughout the day. 

Revellers in Liverpool enjoy a night out on the town despite low temperatures for this time of year

Revellers in Liverpool enjoy a night out on the town despite low temperatures for this time of year 

Groups of bar-goers were spotted making the most of the Bank Holiday last night in Liverpool

Groups of bar-goers were spotted making the most of the Bank Holiday last night in Liverpool

Groups of women were spotted in high spirits toward the end of the night as pubs and bars closed

Groups of women were spotted in high spirits toward the end of the night as pubs and bars closed 

Diners in the Oxfordshire town of Wallingford brave the pouring rain for the chance to be together and to eat outdoors on Saturday

Huge numbers of people donned coats and hats to fight off the chill today as they made their way to the beach in Whitstable, Kent, to enjoy the sunshine

Huge numbers of people donned coats and hats to fight off the chill today as they made their way to the beach in Whitstable, Kent, to enjoy the sunshine

Punters huddled under blankets and coats in the wet weather with diners still forced to remain outside due to Covid restrictions

Punters huddled under blankets and coats in the wet weather with diners still forced to remain outside due to Covid restrictions

The weather proved no obstacle to some who sat outside Britain's pubs and restaurants on Saturday amid the pouring rain

The weather proved no obstacle to some who sat outside Britain's pubs and restaurants on Saturday amid the pouring rain

Millions are set to take advantage of the first bank holiday of the year with eased lockdown rules. It is also the first weekend when travel to Wales and Scotland for leisure can go ahead, with many staycations expected. 

The RAC said motorists were planning nearly 15million trips between yesterday and Monday, potentially bringing gridlock to roads. This would be the highest number of car trips for the early May bank holiday since 2016. 

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell told MailOnline: 'Today, it's staying the same as the rest of April, a fairly cool day for the time of year, a mixture

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