Bank Holiday FUNDAY! Britain is set for HOTTEST day of year with sizzling 77F

Bank Holiday FUNDAY! Britain is set for HOTTEST day of year with sizzling 77F 1 Temperatures reached 77F (25C) in Britain today - making it the hottest day of the year so far and giving people the chance to enjoy a hot and sunny bank holiday Monday.

Britons today basked in the hottest day of 2021 so far as bank holiday Monday brought highs of 77F (25C) and two million drivers hit the roads – while scientists warned ‘freedom day’ June 21 is on a ‘knife edge’.

With three weeks to go until all Covid-19 restrictions are due to end, Downing Street sources said the plan was ’50/50′ amid calls by Sage advisers for it to be delayed ‘by a few weeks’ amid rising cases of the Indian variant.

Millions of Britons have enjoyed a hot weekend at beaches and parks, which are now looking mostly back to how they were pre-pandemic, but discussions continue within the Government over whether it can hit the target date.

While people have been able to see their friends indoors, visit the cinema or theatre and hold outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people since May 17, there are still restrictions on event capacities and nightclubs remain closed. 

People are now flocking to parks and beaches as they make the most of the turnaround in conditions – with the spell of summer sunshine now expected to last more than two weeks, following the fourth wettest May on record.

A top UK temperature of 77.2F (25.1C) was recorded this afternoon at Kinlochewe in the Highlands – beating the previous 2021 high on March 30 when West London hit 76.1F (24.5C). Today, the capital made it to 76.7F (24.8C).

Conditions will improve further this week with highs of 81F (27C) by Wednesday, making Britain hotter than Rome which will only reach 77F (25C) – and it follows two days of glorious weather already over the three-day weekend.

This afternoon, the beaches of Lyme Regis, Bournemouth, Brighton, Weymouth and Camber Sands looked particularly busy. It comes after highs of 75.2F (24C) were observed yesterday and 73.2F (22.9C) on Saturday. 

With the start of meteorological summer now just one day away, Britons have been flocking outdoors and making the most of sitting outside pubs and restaurants after Covid-19 restrictions were mostly lifted on May 17. 

Last week it seemed likely that the June 21 unlock would go ahead, but one minister has now said the Government ‘couldn’t rule anything out’ after daily infections breached 4,000 on Friday for the first time in nearly two months. 

Meanwhile a rugby-themed mass Covid vaccination event set at the 82,000-seat Twickenham Stadium in London will jab as many as 15,000 people today, with the huge walk-in operation hosted there from 10am to 8pm tonight. 

People enjoy the hot weather on Bournemouth beach this afternoon as they flock to the Dorset coast on bank holiday Monday

People enjoy the hot weather on Bournemouth beach this afternoon as they flock to the Dorset coast on bank holiday Monday

People enjoy the hot weather on Bournemouth beach this afternoon as they flock to the Dorset coast on bank holiday Monday

Bank Holiday FUNDAY! Britain is set for HOTTEST day of year with sizzling 77F 2 Temperatures reached 77F (25C) in Britain today - making it the hottest day of the year so far and giving people the chance to enjoy a hot and sunny bank holiday Monday.

Bank Holiday FUNDAY! Britain is set for HOTTEST day of year with sizzling 77F 2 Temperatures reached 77F (25C) in Britain today - making it the hottest day of the year so far and giving people the chance to enjoy a hot and sunny bank holiday Monday.

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Weymouth in Dorset this afternoon

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Weymouth in Dorset this afternoon

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Weymouth in Dorset this afternoon

People enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon as families head to the seaside

People enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon as families head to the seaside

People enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon as families head to the seaside

Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the beach at Bournemouth in Dorset this afternoon amid the very warm weather

Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the beach at Bournemouth in Dorset this afternoon amid the very warm weather

Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the beach at Bournemouth in Dorset this afternoon amid the very warm weather

Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the beach at Bournemouth this afternoon as day-trippers flock to the Dorset coast

Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the beach at Bournemouth this afternoon as day-trippers flock to the Dorset coast

Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the beach at Bournemouth this afternoon as day-trippers flock to the Dorset coast

People enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach this afternoon as visitors flock to the East Sussex coast

People enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach this afternoon as visitors flock to the East Sussex coast

People enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach this afternoon as visitors flock to the East Sussex coast

People pack onto Bournemouth beach today as the UK enjoys very warm temperatures on the hottest day of 2021 so far

People pack onto Bournemouth beach today as the UK enjoys very warm temperatures on the hottest day of 2021 so far

People pack onto Bournemouth beach today as the UK enjoys very warm temperatures on the hottest day of 2021 so far

Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the beach at Bournemouth in Dorset this afternoon as the warm weather continues

Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the beach at Bournemouth in Dorset this afternoon as the warm weather continues

Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the beach at Bournemouth in Dorset this afternoon as the warm weather continues

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

People enjoy the warm weather at Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as families make the most of bank holiday Monday

People enjoy the warm weather at Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as families make the most of bank holiday Monday

People enjoy the warm weather at Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as families make the most of bank holiday Monday

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach today as bank holiday Monday could be the hottest day of the year

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach today as bank holiday Monday could be the hottest day of the year

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach today as bank holiday Monday could be the hottest day of the year

Lyme Regis in Dorset is packed with families and sunbathers enjoying the sunshine this morning

Lyme Regis in Dorset is packed with families and sunbathers enjoying the sunshine this morning

Lyme Regis in Dorset is packed with families and sunbathers enjoying the sunshine this morning

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon as temperatures rise across England

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon as temperatures rise across England

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon as temperatures rise across England

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Weymouth in Dorset this afternoon

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Weymouth in Dorset this afternoon

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Weymouth in Dorset this afternoon

The beach in Bournemouth is already packed this morning at the start of a very hot bank holiday Monday in England

The beach in Bournemouth is already packed this morning at the start of a very hot bank holiday Monday in England

The beach in Bournemouth is already packed this morning at the start of a very hot bank holiday Monday in England

Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the beach promenade at Bournemouth in Dorset this afternoon

Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the beach promenade at Bournemouth in Dorset this afternoon

Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the beach promenade at Bournemouth in Dorset this afternoon

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Families enjoy a day at the beach as they splash about in the sea off Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon

Families enjoy a day at the beach as they splash about in the sea off Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon

Families enjoy a day at the beach as they splash about in the sea off Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon

The beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset packed with families and sunbathers enjoying the sunshine this morning

The beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset packed with families and sunbathers enjoying the sunshine this morning

The beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset packed with families and sunbathers enjoying the sunshine this morning

Bank Holiday FUNDAY! Britain is set for HOTTEST day of year with sizzling 77F 4 Temperatures reached 77F (25C) in Britain today - making it the hottest day of the year so far and giving people the chance to enjoy a hot and sunny bank holiday Monday.

Bank Holiday FUNDAY! Britain is set for HOTTEST day of year with sizzling 77F 4 Temperatures reached 77F (25C) in Britain today - making it the hottest day of the year so far and giving people the chance to enjoy a hot and sunny bank holiday Monday.

 

Bank Holiday FUNDAY! Britain is set for HOTTEST day of year with sizzling 77F 6 Temperatures reached 77F (25C) in Britain today - making it the hottest day of the year so far and giving people the chance to enjoy a hot and sunny bank holiday Monday.

Bank Holiday FUNDAY! Britain is set for HOTTEST day of year with sizzling 77F 6 Temperatures reached 77F (25C) in Britain today - making it the hottest day of the year so far and giving people the chance to enjoy a hot and sunny bank holiday Monday.

 

The roaring success of the jabs drive has seen almost 40million adults given at least one dose and 25million fully inoculated

The roaring success of the jabs drive has seen almost 40million adults given at least one dose and 25million fully inoculated

The roaring success of the jabs drive has seen almost 40million adults given at least one dose and 25million fully inoculated 

This map shows how Covid cases changed across the UK in the week up to May 23. It indicates infections rose fastest in parts of London and the North West where the Indian variant is dominant, but that they are also rising in other areas

This map shows how Covid cases changed across the UK in the week up to May 23. It indicates infections rose fastest in parts of London and the North West where the Indian variant is dominant, but that they are also rising in other areas

This map shows how Covid cases changed across the UK in the week up to May 23. It indicates infections rose fastest in parts of London and the North West where the Indian variant is dominant, but that they are also rising in other areas

Meanwhile, SAGE advisers today called for England’s June 21 Freedom Day to be delayed ‘by a few weeks’ amid rising cases of the Indian Covid variant – as a minister admitted the Government ‘couldn’t rule anything out’.

Professor Ravi Gupta, who sits on the NERVTAG subgroup, urged No10 to push back the crucial date to allow more people to get vaccinated before ditching all social distancing and mask-wearing rules.

Vaccines for ANYONE aged 18 or over! NHS breaks policy to offer jabs to ALL adults who turn up to Twickenham stadium TODAY in desperate battle to hit 15,000 Covid doses target 

A rugby-themed mass Covid vaccination event set in the stadium home of the sport tonight threw open its doors to anyone over 18 – as they tried to shift 15,000 doses.

The 82,000 seat Twickenham Stadium started the huge walk-in operation at 10am and it will go on until 8pm tonight. 

A burger serving stall at Twickenham had been transformed into a vaccine distribution hub today for the jabs

A burger serving stall at Twickenham had been transformed into a vaccine distribution hub today for the jabs

A burger serving stall at Twickenham had been transformed into a vaccine distribution hub today for the jabs

At the moment government rules say that only people over 30 are eligible to have the vaccine.

An NHS plea for more arms to inoculate came just after 3pm as they declared: ‘Thousands of people vaccinated at Twickenham Stadium today.

‘Still spaces and vaccine left: now open to all 18 and over who can get here before 7.30pm!’

Walk-in vaccinations at Twickenham Stadium today

Walk-in vaccinations at Twickenham Stadium today

Walk-in vaccinations at Twickenham Stadium today

It was hoped the push – which was dishing out the Pfizer vaccine – would give locals their first dose of the vaccine without delay of having to book or wait.

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The Cambridge University expert claimed there were early signs the third wave had already begun – after daily infections breached 4,000 on Friday for the first time in nearly two months – and warned it could become ‘quite explosive’ over the next few months.

During a round of interviews this morning, Environment Secretary George Eustice said the Government ‘couldn’t rule anything out’ when asked if the June 21 unlocking could be pushed back. He insisted a decision would be made in a fortnight’s time when ministers will know more about the Indian strain’s effect on hospital rates.

The roaring success of the vaccine programme has seen almost 40million adults given at least one dose of the jab and 25million fully inoculated. But it leaves more than 5million Britons over-50 either unvaccinated or only partially protected.

Professor Gupta said the jab rollout was giving people a ‘false sense of security’ because infection rates were still relatively low, but claimed it was inevitable unvaccinated people would eventually start to fall ill with the highly infectious strain.

His comments were echoed by Professor Susan Michie, who sits on SAGE’s SPI-B committee. She warned Britain was on a ‘knife-edge’ as it approached June 21 deadline. The behavioural scientist, from University College London, said fully opening the country as planned could lead to a serious spike akin to the second wave in the winter.

‘Either it could run away as it did before Christmas, which would be extremely serious and we’d have more restrictions, or it could be contained,’ she told Sky News.

Last week the noise from Government was that the June 21 date was likely to go ahead but sources in No10 say there is now a ’50 – 50′ chance.

Mr Eustice told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘The Prime Minister has said all along that he is going to take this one step at a time and will only make the judgement on the next step, on June 21, about a week before that.

‘The rates are going up again slightly but from a low base and probably to be expected, given there are a significant number of younger people who are now out and mixing but haven’t had the vaccine – I suppose that is to be expected. But the right thing to do in a couple of weeks’ time is to assess that data before deciding what we can do.’

Ministers are set to make a final decision on whether to push on with the last phase of the roadmap on June 14, a week before the restrictions are set to be ditched.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly promised he will be led by ‘data not dates’, and said his roadmap will be ‘irreversible’.

It comes as NHS chiefs warned the lockdown-induced backlog of treatments for ailments other than Covid means even a small increase in the number of Covid patients could cause hospitals to be overstretched once again.

Amid the concern over whether June 21 will be hit, the forecast is looking very promising for the next few weeks as Britons enjoy some much-needed sunshine.

There is no sign of rain in the near future, with the spell of summer sunshine now expected to last more than a fortnight. BBC Weather reports that daily highs will remain at around 74F (23C) until at least the middle of June.  

This afternoon's forecast

This afternoon's forecast

 

Bank Holiday FUNDAY! Britain is set for HOTTEST day of year with sizzling 77F 8 Temperatures reached 77F (25C) in Britain today - making it the hottest day of the year so far and giving people the chance to enjoy a hot and sunny bank holiday Monday.

Bank Holiday FUNDAY! Britain is set for HOTTEST day of year with sizzling 77F 8 Temperatures reached 77F (25C) in Britain today - making it the hottest day of the year so far and giving people the chance to enjoy a hot and sunny bank holiday Monday.

 

Visitors arrive to enjoy the weather on the beaches of Camber Sands on the East Sussex coast this morning

Visitors arrive to enjoy the weather on the beaches of Camber Sands on the East Sussex coast this morning

Visitors arrive to enjoy the weather on the beaches of Camber Sands on the East Sussex coast this morning

A group of young women walk through the sand dunes at Murlough Beach in Northern Ireland this afternoon

A group of young women walk through the sand dunes at Murlough Beach in Northern Ireland this afternoon

A group of young women walk through the sand dunes at Murlough Beach in Northern Ireland this afternoon

People queue to use the stepping stones over the River Dove during warm weather in Dovedale in the Peak District today

People queue to use the stepping stones over the River Dove during warm weather in Dovedale in the Peak District today

People queue to use the stepping stones over the River Dove during warm weather in Dovedale in the Peak District today

People enjoy the sun at outdoor restaurant tables in Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

People enjoy the sun at outdoor restaurant tables in Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

People enjoy the sun at outdoor restaurant tables in Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

Maddie Houston and Jack Baird walk along Murlough Beach in Northern Ireland this afternoon

Maddie Houston and Jack Baird walk along Murlough Beach in Northern Ireland this afternoon

Maddie Houston and Jack Baird walk along Murlough Beach in Northern Ireland this afternoon

Ivy, six, and her sister Ruby Durdin, five, play in the water today at Balmer Lawn near Brockenhurst in the New Forest

Ivy, six, and her sister Ruby Durdin, five, play in the water today at Balmer Lawn near Brockenhurst in the New Forest

Ivy, six, and her sister Ruby Durdin, five, play in the water today at Balmer Lawn near Brockenhurst in the New Forest

People enjoy the sun while boating on the River Thames at Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

People enjoy the sun while boating on the River Thames at Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

People enjoy the sun while boating on the River Thames at Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

Sunbathers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Sunbathers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Sunbathers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

A group of people play basketball as they enjoy the warm weather on Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon

A group of people play basketball as they enjoy the warm weather on Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon

A group of people play basketball as they enjoy the warm weather on Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon

People enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex today as temperatures soar across England

People enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex today as temperatures soar across England

People enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex today as temperatures soar across England

The beach in Bournemouth was packed this morning as sunseekers enjoy the weather on bank holiday Monday

The beach in Bournemouth was packed this morning as sunseekers enjoy the weather on bank holiday Monday

The beach in Bournemouth was packed this morning as sunseekers enjoy the weather on bank holiday Monday

Andrew Tinsley, 11, rides the sand dunes at Murlough Beach in Northern Ireland this afternoon

Andrew Tinsley, 11, rides the sand dunes at Murlough Beach in Northern Ireland this afternoon

Andrew Tinsley, 11, rides the sand dunes at Murlough Beach in Northern Ireland this afternoon

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday which is promising to be one of the hottest days of the year

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday which is promising to be one of the hottest days of the year

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday which is promising to be one of the hottest days of the year

(From left) Colby Millar, four, Ella Lawrence, four, and Jackson Lawerence jump over the waves at Murlough Beach today

(From left) Colby Millar, four, Ella Lawrence, four, and Jackson Lawerence jump over the waves at Murlough Beach today

(From left) Colby Millar, four, Ella Lawrence, four, and Jackson Lawerence jump over the waves at Murlough Beach today

People enjoy the sunshine at Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire today as people enjoy a very warm bank holiday Monday

People enjoy the sunshine at Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire today as people enjoy a very warm bank holiday Monday

People enjoy the sunshine at Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire today as people enjoy a very warm bank holiday Monday

People zip line across the sea from Bournemouth pier in Dorset today as bank holiday Monday

People zip line across the sea from Bournemouth pier in Dorset today as bank holiday Monday

People zip line across the sea from Bournemouth pier in Dorset today as bank holiday Monday

Mariana Udroiu with her son Nicolas (left) and his friend Jack Heron have a picnic in the sand dunes of Murlough Beach today

Mariana Udroiu with her son Nicolas (left) and his friend Jack Heron have a picnic in the sand dunes of Murlough Beach today

Mariana Udroiu with her son Nicolas (left) and his friend Jack Heron have a picnic in the sand dunes of Murlough Beach today

People enjoy the sun alongside the River Thames in Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

People enjoy the sun alongside the River Thames in Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

People enjoy the sun alongside the River Thames in Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

A woman paddle boards with a dog on the canal in Paddington Basin in West London this afternoon

A woman paddle boards with a dog on the canal in Paddington Basin in West London this afternoon

A woman paddle boards with a dog on the canal in Paddington Basin in West London this afternoon

People enjoying the weather at Murlough Beach in Northern Ireland this afternoon

People enjoying the weather at Murlough Beach in Northern Ireland this afternoon

People enjoying the weather at Murlough Beach in Northern Ireland this afternoon

People enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex as temperatures soar this afternoon

People enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex as temperatures soar this afternoon

People enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex as temperatures soar this afternoon

People enjoy the good weather at Portobello beach near Edinburgh today as people enjoy a warm bank holiday Monday

People enjoy the good weather at Portobello beach near Edinburgh today as people enjoy a warm bank holiday Monday

People enjoy the good weather at Portobello beach near Edinburgh today as people enjoy a warm bank holiday Monday

People paddle board as they enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon

People paddle board as they enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon

People paddle board as they enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon

People enjoy the pedalos and paddle boats on Portishead Marine Lake in Somerset today on a very warm day

People enjoy the pedalos and paddle boats on Portishead Marine Lake in Somerset today on a very warm day

People enjoy the pedalos and paddle boats on Portishead Marine Lake in Somerset today on a very warm day

Two people pull a boat across the sand at Portobello beach near Edinburgh in the sunshine this afternoon

Two people pull a boat across the sand at Portobello beach near Edinburgh in the sunshine this afternoon

Two people pull a boat across the sand at Portobello beach near Edinburgh in the sunshine this afternoon

People zip line across the sea from Bournemouth pier in Dorset today on a very warm bank holiday Monday

People zip line across the sea from Bournemouth pier in Dorset today on a very warm bank holiday Monday

People zip line across the sea from Bournemouth pier in Dorset today on a very warm bank holiday Monday

Two young women have a water-pistol fight as they cool off in the water at Hackney Marshes in East London today

Two young women have a water-pistol fight as they cool off in the water at Hackney Marshes in East London today

Two young women have a water-pistol fight as they cool off in the water at Hackney Marshes in East London today

Paddleboarders in the sea at Portobello beach near Edinburgh today as people enjoy a very hot bank holiday Monday

Paddleboarders in the sea at Portobello beach near Edinburgh today as people enjoy a very hot bank holiday Monday

Paddleboarders in the sea at Portobello beach near Edinburgh today as people enjoy a very hot bank holiday Monday

Heavy traffic on the M5 motorway near Bristol today as motorists head south to enjoy the bank holiday sunshine

Heavy traffic on the M5 motorway near Bristol today as motorists head south to enjoy the bank holiday sunshine

Heavy traffic on the M5 motorway near Bristol today as motorists head south to enjoy the bank holiday sunshine

A lifeguard on a jet ski patrols the beach at Bournemouth today as people go for a swim off the coast of Dorset

A lifeguard on a jet ski patrols the beach at Bournemouth today as people go for a swim off the coast of Dorset

A lifeguard on a jet ski patrols the beach at Bournemouth today as people go for a swim off the coast of Dorset

People paddle board as they enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon

People paddle board as they enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon

People paddle board as they enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon

People enjoy the sunshine at Portobello beach near Edinburgh today on the warmest day of the year so far

People enjoy the sunshine at Portobello beach near Edinburgh today on the warmest day of the year so far

People enjoy the sunshine at Portobello beach near Edinburgh today on the warmest day of the year so far

Two people carry a tandem bicycle across the sand at Portobello beach near Edinburgh this afternoon

Two people carry a tandem bicycle across the sand at Portobello beach near Edinburgh this afternoon

Two people carry a tandem bicycle across the sand at Portobello beach near Edinburgh this afternoon

A couple take a selfie on the pier at Boscombe in Bournemouth this afternoon as visitors flock to the Dorset coast

A couple take a selfie on the pier at Boscombe in Bournemouth this afternoon as visitors flock to the Dorset coast

A couple take a selfie on the pier at Boscombe in Bournemouth this afternoon as visitors flock to the Dorset coast

Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said the mercury could reach 77F (25C) today. Temperatures will be at least in the mid-70Fs (low 20Cs) for most of the UK, even northern Scotland.

Ms Mitchell said: ‘The only exception is along the east coast – there is quite a lot of low cloud, mist and fog in east coastal areas and that will stay for the next few days, so highs of between 12C (53.6F) and 16C (60.8F) there.’

Photos from the weekend showed Britons making the most of the weather, with beaches and parks packed. Party-goers were spotted out in force last night, with the city centres of Leeds and Newcastle particularly bustling. 

Day-trippers piled in to several picturesque seaside resorts and basked in glorious sunshine as they enjoyed clear blue skies on the packed beach on Lyme Regis, while punts and kayaks filled the River Cam in Cambridge. 

Droves of lockdown-weary Brits made the journey to Devon in a bid to enjoy the hot weather – as roughly 75,000 visitors were expected at Brighton, with 50,000 at Bournemouth and 50,000 at Blackpool. 

Bank Holiday madness - People pose for pictures on the cliff edge as hundreds of people arrive at Birling Gap in Sussex today

Bank Holiday madness - People pose for pictures on the cliff edge as hundreds of people arrive at Birling Gap in Sussex today

Bank Holiday madness – People pose for pictures on the cliff edge as hundreds of people arrive at Birling Gap in Sussex today

A group of visitors take a dangerousn selfie on the cliff edge as hundreds of people arrive at Birling Gap in Sussex today

A group of visitors take a dangerousn selfie on the cliff edge as hundreds of people arrive at Birling Gap in Sussex today

A group of visitors take a dangerousn selfie on the cliff edge as hundreds of people arrive at Birling Gap in Sussex today

Members of the public visit Birling Gap in East Sussex today as they walk right up to the cliff edge

Members of the public visit Birling Gap in East Sussex today as they walk right up to the cliff edge

Members of the public visit Birling Gap in East Sussex today as they walk right up to the cliff edge

People enjoy the sun boating on the River Thames in Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

People enjoy the sun boating on the River Thames in Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

People enjoy the sun boating on the River Thames in Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

People queue to use the stepping stones over the River Dove during warm weather in Dovedale in the Peak District today

People queue to use the stepping stones over the River Dove during warm weather in Dovedale in the Peak District today

People queue to use the stepping stones over the River Dove during warm weather in Dovedale in the Peak District today

People enjoy the sun on the banks of the River Thames in Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

People enjoy the sun on the banks of the River Thames in Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

People enjoy the sun on the banks of the River Thames in Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

People paddle board as they enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon

People paddle board as they enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon

People paddle board as they enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon

A dog cools off in the water as a swimmer passes by at Hackney Marshes in East London this afternoon

A dog cools off in the water as a swimmer passes by at Hackney Marshes in East London this afternoon

A dog cools off in the water as a swimmer passes by at Hackney Marshes in East London this afternoon

People enjoy the sun while out on a boat on the River Thames in Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

People enjoy the sun while out on a boat on the River Thames in Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

People enjoy the sun while out on a boat on the River Thames in Kingston, South West London, this afternoon

People punt and kayak on the River Cam at Grantchester Meadows near Cambridge this afternoon

People punt and kayak on the River Cam at Grantchester Meadows near Cambridge this afternoon

People punt and kayak on the River Cam at Grantchester Meadows near Cambridge this afternoon

Pub tables are packed as sunseekers enjoy a drink on Gateshead Quayside this afternoon in front of the Tyne Bridge

Pub tables are packed as sunseekers enjoy a drink on Gateshead Quayside this afternoon in front of the Tyne Bridge

Pub tables are packed as sunseekers enjoy a drink on Gateshead Quayside this afternoon in front of the Tyne Bridge

Hundreds of people arrive at Birling Gap in Sussex today to enjoy the bank holiday with a snaking line of parked cars

Hundreds of people arrive at Birling Gap in Sussex today to enjoy the bank holiday with a snaking line of parked cars

Hundreds of people arrive at Birling Gap in Sussex today to enjoy the bank holiday with a snaking line of parked cars

People at Portobello beach near Edinburgh today as Britons make the most of the very warm bank holiday Monday

People at Portobello beach near Edinburgh today as Britons make the most of the very warm bank holiday Monday

People at Portobello beach near Edinburgh today as Britons make the most of the very warm bank holiday Monday

A traffic marshall directs vehicles away from full car parks as people travel to the beach in Bournemouth this afternoon

A traffic marshall directs vehicles away from full car parks as people travel to the beach in Bournemouth this afternoon

A traffic marshall directs vehicles away from full car parks as people travel to the beach in Bournemouth this afternoon

Heavy traffic on the M5 motorway near Bristol today as motorists head south to enjoy the sunshine

Heavy traffic on the M5 motorway near Bristol today as motorists head south to enjoy the sunshine

Heavy traffic on the M5 motorway near Bristol today as motorists head south to enjoy the sunshine

People paddle and swim at Warleigh Weir in Bath today as they make the most of the very hot bank holiday Monday

People paddle and swim at Warleigh Weir in Bath today as they make the most of the very hot bank holiday Monday

People paddle and swim at Warleigh Weir in Bath today as they make the most of the very hot bank holiday Monday

People ride pedalos on the Serpentine at Hyde Park in London today as they enjoy the very warm weather

People ride pedalos on the Serpentine at Hyde Park in London today as they enjoy the very warm weather

People ride pedalos on the Serpentine at Hyde Park in London today as they enjoy the very warm weather

People enjoying the warm weather in Dovedale in the Peak District this afternoon on the hottest day of the year so far

People enjoying the warm weather in Dovedale in the Peak District this afternoon on the hottest day of the year so far

People enjoying the warm weather in Dovedale in the Peak District this afternoon on the hottest day of the year so far

People dance on a pier as they enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon

People dance on a pier as they enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon

People dance on a pier as they enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon

People picnic and sunbathe in fields next to Warleigh Weir in Bath today as they make the most of the sunshine

People picnic and sunbathe in fields next to Warleigh Weir in Bath today as they make the most of the sunshine

People picnic and sunbathe in fields next to Warleigh Weir in Bath today as they make the most of the sunshine

Sun-seekers cool off in the water with a drink at Hackney Marshes in East London this afternoon

Sun-seekers cool off in the water with a drink at Hackney Marshes in East London this afternoon

Sun-seekers cool off in the water with a drink at Hackney Marshes in East London this afternoon

Members of the public visit Birling Gap in East Sussex this afternoon as they make the most of a day on the beach

Members of the public visit Birling Gap in East Sussex this afternoon as they make the most of a day on the beach

Members of the public visit Birling Gap in East Sussex this afternoon as they make the most of a day on the beach

A man and girl play with an inflatable in the sea at Bournemouth today as people flock to the Dorset coast

A man and girl play with an inflatable in the sea at Bournemouth today as people flock to the Dorset coast

A man and girl play with an inflatable in the sea at Bournemouth today as people flock to the Dorset coast

Sisters Elsie (left), 8, and Erin, 12, enjoy Portishead Lido in Somerset today as they make the most of the warm weather

Sisters Elsie (left), 8, and Erin, 12, enjoy Portishead Lido in Somerset today as they make the most of the warm weather

Sisters Elsie (left), 8, and Erin, 12, enjoy Portishead Lido in Somerset today as they make the most of the warm weather

People picnic and sunbathe in fields next to Warleigh Weir in Bath this afternoon as the hot weather continues

People picnic and sunbathe in fields next to Warleigh Weir in Bath this afternoon as the hot weather continues

People picnic and sunbathe in fields next to Warleigh Weir in Bath this afternoon as the hot weather continues

A man sits outside his beach hut on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon

A man sits outside his beach hut on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon

A man sits outside his beach hut on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon

People paddle and swim in Warleigh Weir in Bath today as Britons enjoy the warmest day of the year so far

People paddle and swim in Warleigh Weir in Bath today as Britons enjoy the warmest day of the year so far

People paddle and swim in Warleigh Weir in Bath today as Britons enjoy the warmest day of the year so far

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday as people make the most of the warm weather

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday as people make the most of the warm weather

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday as people make the most of the warm weather

Families flock to Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as they make the most of the warm weather on bank holiday Monday

Families flock to Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as they make the most of the warm weather on bank holiday Monday

Families flock to Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as they make the most of the warm weather on bank holiday Monday

Two women hold a drink as they walk along the promenade at Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon

Two women hold a drink as they walk along the promenade at Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon

Two women hold a drink as they walk along the promenade at Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon

Some 11million daytrippers were clogging roads over the weekend, RAC data showed, with traffic jams due on coastal routes including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset, A30 to Cornwall and M55 to Blackpool.  

At least two million separate leisure journeys were expected to take place today, but the RAC said this figure could be even higher if more people are tempted out by the excellent weather. 

One local who visited The Imperial pub in Exeter said his family had to wait more than two hours for a round of drinks as the city’s beer gardens saw an influx of revellers to enjoy their time off in the sun.  

Forecasters at the Met Office warned people to slap on plenty of sun cream as UV light levels will be high or very high. However, Ms Mitchell warned there could be some thunderstorms for some parts of the UK on the way.

A dog named Ruby shakes off water after being in the River Dove in Dovedale in the Peak District today

A dog named Ruby shakes off water after being in the River Dove in Dovedale in the Peak District today

A dog named Ruby shakes off water after being in the River Dove in Dovedale in the Peak District today

People go on a zip wire as they enjoy the hot weather on Brighton seafront in East Sussex this afternoon

People go on a zip wire as they enjoy the hot weather on Brighton seafront in East Sussex this afternoon

People go on a zip wire as they enjoy the hot weather on Brighton seafront in East Sussex this afternoon

People enjoying the warm weather in Dovedale in the Peak District this afternoon on bank holiday Monday

People enjoying the warm weather in Dovedale in the Peak District this afternoon on bank holiday Monday

People enjoying the warm weather in Dovedale in the Peak District this afternoon on bank holiday Monday

People queue outside a kiosk at a busy Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as they make the most of the warm weather

People queue outside a kiosk at a busy Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as they make the most of the warm weather

People queue outside a kiosk at a busy Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as they make the most of the warm weather

People sits on the beach at Bournemouth today as sunseekers flock to the seaside in Dorset this afternoon

People sits on the beach at Bournemouth today as sunseekers flock to the seaside in Dorset this afternoon

People sits on the beach at Bournemouth today as sunseekers flock to the seaside in Dorset this afternoon

A woman cools off in the water at Hackney Marshes in East London this afternoon while a dog also goes for a dip

A woman cools off in the water at Hackney Marshes in East London this afternoon while a dog also goes for a dip

A woman cools off in the water at Hackney Marshes in East London this afternoon while a dog also goes for a dip

People paddle board in the sea off of Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon

People paddle board in the sea off of Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon

People paddle board in the sea off of Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon

A busy Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon on what looks like to be the hottest day of the year to date

A busy Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon on what looks like to be the hottest day of the year to date

A busy Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon on what looks like to be the hottest day of the year to date

A busy Bournemouth beach in Dorset today on what looks like to be the hottest day of the year to date

A busy Bournemouth beach in Dorset today on what looks like to be the hottest day of the year to date

A busy Bournemouth beach in Dorset today on what looks like to be the hottest day of the year to date

A busy Bournemouth beach today as people queue up for refreshments on a very hot bank holiday Monday

A busy Bournemouth beach today as people queue up for refreshments on a very hot bank holiday Monday

A busy Bournemouth beach today as people queue up for refreshments on a very hot bank holiday Monday

Sun-seekers cool off in the water with a drink at Hackney Marshes in East London this afternoon

Sun-seekers cool off in the water with a drink at Hackney Marshes in East London this afternoon

Sun-seekers cool off in the water with a drink at Hackney Marshes in East London this afternoon

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday as temperatures soar in southern England

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday as temperatures soar in southern England

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday as temperatures soar in southern England

People enjoying the warm weather at Dovedale in the Peak District this afternoon as temperatures soar across Britain

People enjoying the warm weather at Dovedale in the Peak District this afternoon as temperatures soar across Britain

People enjoying the warm weather at Dovedale in the Peak District this afternoon as temperatures soar across Britain

People flock to Bournemouth beach on the Dorset coast today as they make the most of their bank holiday Monday

People flock to Bournemouth beach on the Dorset coast today as they make the most of their bank holiday Monday

People flock to Bournemouth beach on the Dorset coast today as they make the most of their bank holiday Monday

A bulldog is carried over stepping stones during warm weather at Dovedale in the Peak District this afternoon

A bulldog is carried over stepping stones during warm weather at Dovedale in the Peak District this afternoon

A bulldog is carried over stepping stones during warm weather at Dovedale in the Peak District this afternoon

People walk along the promenade at Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning as they enjoy the warm weather

People walk along the promenade at Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning as they enjoy the warm weather

People walk along the promenade at Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning as they enjoy the warm weather

A dog walker makes their way along Boscombe Pier in Bournemouth, Dorset, this afternoon

A dog walker makes their way along Boscombe Pier in Bournemouth, Dorset, this afternoon

A dog walker makes their way along Boscombe Pier in Bournemouth, Dorset, this afternoon

Families flock to Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as they make the most of the very warm bank holiday Monday weather

Families flock to Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as they make the most of the very warm bank holiday Monday weather

Families flock to Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as they make the most of the very warm bank holiday Monday weather

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday today which is promising to be one of the hottest days of the year

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday today which is promising to be one of the hottest days of the year

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday today which is promising to be one of the hottest days of the year

Two people put up a tent as they enjoy the sunshine on a very busy Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Two people put up a tent as they enjoy the sunshine on a very busy Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Two people put up a tent as they enjoy the sunshine on a very busy Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Two people walk along Bournemouth beach this morning as they enjoy the warm weather on bank holiday Monday

Two people walk along Bournemouth beach this morning as they enjoy the warm weather on bank holiday Monday

Two people walk along Bournemouth beach this morning as they enjoy the warm weather on bank holiday Monday 

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday today which is promising to be one of the hottest days of the year

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday today which is promising to be one of the hottest days of the year

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday today which is promising to be one of the hottest days of the year

People apply suncream as they make the most of the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

People apply suncream as they make the most of the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

People apply suncream as they make the most of the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Bournemouth beach is busy today on bank holiday Monday as people flock to enjoy the warm weather

Bournemouth beach is busy today on bank holiday Monday as people flock to enjoy the warm weather

Bournemouth beach is busy today on bank holiday Monday as people flock to enjoy the warm weather

A busy Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as people flock to the seaside to enjoy the bank holiday Monday

A busy Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as people flock to the seaside to enjoy the bank holiday Monday

A busy Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as people flock to the seaside to enjoy the bank holiday Monday 

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday today as temperatures soar across the country

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday today as temperatures soar across the country

A very busy Bournemouth beach this bank holiday Monday today as temperatures soar across the country

Sunseekers flock to Bournemouth beach today as they make the most of the weather conditions today

Sunseekers flock to Bournemouth beach today as they make the most of the weather conditions today

Sunseekers flock to Bournemouth beach today as they make the most of the weather conditions today

A man reads a newspaper outside his beach hut on Bournemouth beach in Dorset in the morning sunshine today

A man reads a newspaper outside his beach hut on Bournemouth beach in Dorset in the morning sunshine today

A man reads a newspaper outside his beach hut on Bournemouth beach in Dorset in the morning sunshine today

A woman takes her dogs for a run this morning on Branksome beach in Bournemouth on bank holiday Monday

A woman takes her dogs for a run this morning on Branksome beach in Bournemouth on bank holiday Monday

A woman takes her dogs for a run this morning on Branksome beach in Bournemouth on bank holiday Monday

Two women go for an early morning swim on Branksome beach in Bournemouth today as a dog watches on

Two women go for an early morning swim on Branksome beach in Bournemouth today as a dog watches on

Two women go for an early morning swim on Branksome beach in Bournemouth today as a dog watches on 

‘There will potentially be some thunderstorms by midweek, the first bout of showers will come into parts of the South West and there will be a few thunderstorms in that,’ she said.

The storms in the South West are expected to hit on Wednesday, with the South East due a bit of a soaking by Friday. 

‘There’s a chance of some thundery break down in the south east and we could have some quite intense storms there,’ Ms Mitchell said.

‘There’s still a lot of uncertainty but with the warm and humid weather we are having we have the key ingredients for thunder storms.’

A cyclist makes their way along the promenade at Branksome beach in Bournemouth this morning

A cyclist makes their way along the promenade at Branksome beach in Bournemouth this morning

A cyclist makes their way along the promenade at Branksome beach in Bournemouth this morning 

People look out at the water while others take their dogs for a walk on Branksome beach in Bournemouth this morning

People look out at the water while others take their dogs for a walk on Branksome beach in Bournemouth this morning

People look out at the water while others take their dogs for a walk on Branksome beach in Bournemouth this morning 

A woman goes for an early morning swim in the sea amid the warm weather at Bournemouth in Dorset this morning

A woman goes for an early morning swim in the sea amid the warm weather at Bournemouth in Dorset this morning

A woman goes for an early morning swim in the sea amid the warm weather at Bournemouth in Dorset this morning 

A man takes his board into the water at Bournemouth beach this morning on a very warm day for Britain

A man takes his board into the water at Bournemouth beach this morning on a very warm day for Britain

A man takes his board into the water at Bournemouth beach this morning on a very warm day for Britain 

A woman goes for a jog in the sunshine along the promenade at Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

A woman goes for a jog in the sunshine along the promenade at Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

A woman goes for a jog in the sunshine along the promenade at Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

A woman enjoys an early morning dip in the sea off Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

A woman enjoys an early morning dip in the sea off Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

A woman enjoys an early morning dip in the sea off Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning

A few people were seen lying on the beach next to bottles in the sand at Bournemouth in Dorset this morning

A few people were seen lying on the beach next to bottles in the sand at Bournemouth in Dorset this morning

A few people were seen lying on the beach next to bottles in the sand at Bournemouth in Dorset this morning

Three men dry off after enjoying an early morning swim in the water at Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Three men dry off after enjoying an early morning swim in the water at Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Three men dry off after enjoying an early morning swim in the water at Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

A runner passes a cyclist on the promenade at Bournemouth this morning as people enjoy some exercise in the warmth

A runner passes a cyclist on the promenade at Bournemouth this morning as people enjoy some exercise in the warmth

A runner passes a cyclist on the promenade at Bournemouth this morning as people enjoy some exercise in the warmth

People out early for swimming and enjoying the heat on Branksome beach in Bournemouth this morning

People out early for swimming and enjoying the heat on Branksome beach in Bournemouth this morning

People out early for swimming and enjoying the heat on Branksome beach in Bournemouth this morning

A swimmer holds their arms up on Branksome beach in Bournemouth today at the start of a hot bank holiday Monday

A swimmer holds their arms up on Branksome beach in Bournemouth today at the start of a hot bank holiday Monday

A swimmer holds their arms up on Branksome beach in Bournemouth today at the start of a hot bank holiday Monday

People take their dogs for a walk on Branksome beach in Bournemouth this morning at the start of a hot bank holiday Monday

People take their dogs for a walk on Branksome beach in Bournemouth this morning at the start of a hot bank holiday Monday

People take their dogs for a walk on Branksome beach in Bournemouth this morning at the start of a hot bank holiday Monday

Two people walk over the sand at Branksome beach in Bournemouth today as they enjoy the morning sunshine today

Two people walk over the sand at Branksome beach in Bournemouth today as they enjoy the morning sunshine today

Two people walk over the sand at Branksome beach in Bournemouth today as they enjoy the morning sunshine today

Two women look to the beach as they enjoy a swim in the water at Bournemouth in Dorset this morning

Two women look to the beach as they enjoy a swim in the water at Bournemouth in Dorset this morning

Two women look to the beach as they enjoy a swim in the water at Bournemouth in Dorset this morning

People out early for swimming and enjoying the heat on Branksome beach in Bournemouth this morning

People out early for swimming and enjoying the heat on Branksome beach in Bournemouth this morning

People out early for swimming and enjoying the heat on Branksome beach in Bournemouth this morning

People go for a walk along the sand at Bournemouth in Dorset this morning while a man holds an inflatable

People go for a walk along the sand at Bournemouth in Dorset this morning while a man holds an inflatable

People go for a walk along the sand at Bournemouth in Dorset this morning while a man holds an inflatable

Two people enjoy some time on the beach at Bournemouth in Dorset today at the start of a very warm bank holiday Monday

Two people enjoy some time on the beach at Bournemouth in Dorset today at the start of a very warm bank holiday Monday

Two people enjoy some time on the beach at Bournemouth in Dorset today at the start of a very warm bank holiday Monday

Bags of rubbish are piled up by a bin at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham this morning as the bank holiday weekend continues

Bags of rubbish are piled up by a bin at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham this morning as the bank holiday weekend continues

Bags of rubbish are piled up by a bin at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham this morning as the bank holiday weekend continues

A woman walks pust rubbish left behind at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham this morning on the bank holiday weekend

A woman walks pust rubbish left behind at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham this morning on the bank holiday weekend

A woman walks pust rubbish left behind at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham this morning on the bank holiday weekend

Rubbish left behind at Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park this morning after hundreds visited the park to enjoy the sun yesterday

Rubbish left behind at Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park this morning after hundreds visited the park to enjoy the sun yesterday

Rubbish left behind at Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park this morning after hundreds visited the park to enjoy the sun yesterday

She continued: ‘The warmer weather will stick around until at least Thursday in most places, that’s when we could get some slightly fresher air coming in.

Although a fine bank holiday is rare, the temperatures are not unusual for the time of year, with the mercury usually sitting in the high teens and low 20Cs by late May.

The Met Office warned previously that levels of harmful UV light will be very high over the coming days, and advised people to wear plenty of sunscreen.

May has been the fourth wettest on record for the UK, with an average of 199mm (7.8in) falling, and the wettest ever for Wales.   

Hot weather lures enormous sunfish to Cornish coast

The hot weather has lured enormous sunfish the size of a small car from the tropics to the coast off Cornwall.

The giant but harmless ocean sunfish – which grow to 10ft long and 14ft deep and can weigh more than two tons – have arrived just along the coast from Port Isaac, the seaside village where Doc Martin is filmed.

Lured by the suddenly warming seas, they are heading for the South West coast – and they eat jellyfish, which is good news for families fearing attacks from Portuguese Men o’ War, Europe’s most dreaded jellyfish.

Marine Discovery Penzance in Cornwall has made what is thought to be the first sunfish sighting of this summer

Marine Discovery Penzance in Cornwall has made what is thought to be the first sunfish sighting of this summer

Marine Discovery Penzance in Cornwall has made what is thought to be the first sunfish sighting of this summer

Marine Discovery Penzance, which operates sight-seeing boat trips along the coast from Port Isaac, has made what is thought to be the first sunfish sighting of this summer.

A company spokesman said: ‘We have seen mola mola, also known as ocean sunfish, the last three trips we have been on.

‘These large nearly circular fish start appearing in our waters by the end of May every year, though first sightings have been getting a touch earlier the last few years.

‘Despite the recent cold temperatures and pouring rain, we have seen them right at the surface. We’ve had strong southerly winds in the last week, which has brought up some warmer water from Biscay.’

The giant but harmless ocean sunfish - which grow to 10ft long and 14ft deep and can weigh two tons - have been seen in Cornwall

The giant but harmless ocean sunfish - which grow to 10ft long and 14ft deep and can weigh two tons - have been seen in Cornwall

The giant but harmless ocean sunfish – which grow to 10ft long and 14ft deep and can weigh two tons – have been seen in Cornwall

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