Brits pack beaches to soak up Bank Holiday sun as council issues crowds warning
After months of lockdown and with international travel options made difficult by test and quarantine requirements, the Great British seaside has proved a hugely popular draw on the final day of Maymirror
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Great flocks of Brits have made their way to the seaside to soak up the sun on what is likely to be the hottest day of the year.
After months of lockdown and with international travel options made difficult by test and quarantine requirements, the Great British seaside has proved a hugely popular draw today.ADVERTISING
Photographs from beaches across the UK show sun starved people revelling in the sea and sand.
One council, Thanet in Kent, has warned people to turn back at Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate, if beaches are too crowded, reminding people “we’re not back to normal just yet”.
The rush to get the beach has been so intense that some cars have been turned away while trying to park up.
Next to the shadow of Brighton Pier hundreds of groups of people – all appropriately distanced from one another – could be seen relaxing in the balmy weather.
In Bournemouth one man whizzed along a zipline above the sea to get a view of the famous beach, which attracts thousands of people when the sun is shining.
Camber Sands in Sussex was typically heaving, providing a predictable logistical problem for those wanting to park up near to the miles long sandy beach front.by TaboolaSponsored LinksThis All-Natural “Lung Cleaning” Device Helps Anyone Breathe EasierAirPhysio
And Lyme Regis in Dorset was a riot of colourful parasols and windbreakers as far as the eye could see.
It seems that everybody got the memo that this Bank Holiday Monday was going to be one to remember weather-wise.
The Met Office’s forecast shows bright, uninterrupted sunshine throughout the UK for almost the whole day.
Only parts of the west coast of the Isles will get some cloud later in what is due to be an absolute scorcher.
The best of the weather is to be had in the South East, where the mercury is forecast to rise as high as 25C come this afternoon.
If it reaches its predicted potential then today will officially be crowned 2021’s hottest so far, beating March 31’s 24.5C recorded in Kew Gardens.
Elsewhere in the country the temperature will likely peak at a still very reasonable 22C.
The scorching weather has ensured even those without ready beach access are finding ways to cool off in the water.
In London paddler boards could be seen leisurely wending their way down the city’s canals, while boys stood in the waterfall like stream of Warleigh Weir in Somerset.
There are reports of cars being turned away from Formby Beach in Merseyside as thousands flock to enjoy the sun.
“If you are thinking of heading to the coast today please consider re-routing or delaying your journey to avoid the congestion,” Transport for Great Manchester warned.
Research suggests up to 10.8 million car journeys could be made, meaning some unlucky would be beach-goers may find themselves missing out.
RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: “After what was one of the quietest Easters on the roads in years, our figures suggest the easing of Covid restrictions has made a dramatic difference, with millions more drivers planning to hit the roads.”
Becky Mitchell, a meteorologist from the Met Office, said: “We will see highs of 24C, most likely in parts of Wales and the Midlands and in north-west England as well on Sunday, it’s likely we could get to 24.5C.
“We are expecting highs of 25C tomorrow, so the warmest day of the year so far, and both today and tomorrow we will see temperatures in the low 20s in most parts of the UK, even in northern Scotland.”
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Wales has seen its wettest May since records began in 1862, with 207mm of rainfall, well over twice the long-term average, topping the previous record of 184mm set in 1967.
As people packed out beaches and parks, a government advisor warned of a “significant chance” the target of lifting remaining lockdown restrictions from June 21 could change.
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