Sunworshippers flock to Britain’s beaches

Sunworshippers flock to Britain's beaches 1 Lockdown-weary Brits have flocked to Devon in a bid to enjoy the hot weather ahead of Bank Holiday Monday - which is set to see temperatures rise to a toasty 77F. Pictured: Blackpool Beach.

Sun-seekers are flocking to Britain’s holiday hotspots for a scorching bank holiday weekend – sparking local complaints about two-hour waits to be served in the pub. 

Day-trippers have piled in to several picturesque seaside resorts across Britain today, with temperatures set to hit around 75F (24C) in parts of the country.

Sun-seekers basked in glorious sunshine and enjoyed clear blue skies on the packed beach on Lyme Regis, punts and kayaks filled the River Cam in Cambridge, and others took a cooling dip in the sea across the country on Blackpool Beach. 

Droves of lockdown-weary Brits made the journey to Devon in a bid to enjoy the hot weather ahead of Bank Holiday Monday – which is set to see temperatures rise to a toasty 77F (25C). 

Roughly 75,000 visitors are expected today at Brighton, with 50,000 at Bournemouth and 50,000 at Blackpool.

But 11 million daytrippers are clogging roads, 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.

A local who visited The Imperial 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. 

The angry customer, whose order included an Abbot Ale, pint of Carlsberg shandy and a lime and soda, told Devon Live: ‘When (we) ordered at 2.55pm, we didn’t get our drinks until two hours later. 

‘It is absolutely ridiculous I’m sorry to say. It was full, basically the security were excellent, they weren’t letting people into the garden area until there was a table free.’

And Plymouth man was left fuming after ‘spending almost an hour and a half’ in the queue for a KFC Drive-Thru in the city.

William Davies, a former restaurateur, went out with his wife and children to the grub from the popular fast food restaurant on Friday, but spent much of the evening stuck in the queue at KFC St Budeaux.

It comes ahead of a scorching June – tipped to be the hottest on record – as 88F (33C) ‘European heat pulses’ bake the country. 

Forecasters at the Met Office warned people to slap on plenty of sun cream as UV light levels will be high or very high. 

Becky Mitchell, a meteorologist from the Met Office, said: ‘We could potentially get to the hottest day of the year but definitely by tomorrow.’

Holidaymakers, day trippers and locals flocked to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis to soak up scorching hot summer sunshine on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Sun seekers basked in glorious sunshine and enjoyed clear blue skies on the packed beach while others took a cooling dip in the sea. Pictured: a busy and sunny beach at Lyme Regis, Dorset

Holidaymakers, day trippers and locals flocked to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis to soak up scorching hot summer sunshine on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Sun seekers basked in glorious sunshine and enjoyed clear blue skies on the packed beach while others took a cooling dip in the sea. Pictured: a busy and sunny beach at Lyme Regis, Dorset

Holidaymakers, day trippers and locals flocked to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis to soak up scorching hot summer sunshine on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Sun seekers basked in glorious sunshine and enjoyed clear blue skies on the packed beach while others took a cooling dip in the sea. Pictured: a busy and sunny beach at Lyme Regis, Dorset

Day-trippers have flocked to several picturesque seaside resorts across Britain today, with temperatures set to hit around 75F in parts of the country over the bank holiday. Pictured: Cami McArdle, 25, from Blackpool, makes a splash on Blackpool Beach

Day-trippers have flocked to several picturesque seaside resorts across Britain today, with temperatures set to hit around 75F in parts of the country over the bank holiday. Pictured: Cami McArdle, 25, from Blackpool, makes a splash on Blackpool Beach

Day-trippers have flocked to several picturesque seaside resorts across Britain today, with temperatures set to hit around 75F in parts of the country over the bank holiday. Pictured: Cami McArdle, 25, from Blackpool, makes a splash on Blackpool Beach

Sun seekers enjoyed clear blue skies on the packed beach while others took a cooling dip in the sea. Pictured: Lyme Regis

Sun seekers enjoyed clear blue skies on the packed beach while others took a cooling dip in the sea. Pictured: Lyme Regis

Sun seekers enjoyed clear blue skies on the packed beach while others took a cooling dip in the sea. Pictured: Lyme Regis

Pictured: Visitors flock to Durdle Door in Dorset on a hot sunny day. The steps to the beach at Durdle Door are packed

Pictured: Visitors flock to Durdle Door in Dorset on a hot sunny day. The steps to the beach at Durdle Door are packed

Pictured: Visitors flock to Durdle Door in Dorset on a hot sunny day. The steps to the beach at Durdle Door are packed

A sunny Bank holiday weekend meant the country's beaches were packed as Brits flocked to the coast to enjoy the heat

A sunny Bank holiday weekend meant the country's beaches were packed as Brits flocked to the coast to enjoy the heat

A sunny Bank holiday weekend meant the country’s beaches were packed as Brits flocked to the coast to enjoy the heat

Pictured: Visitors flock to Durdle Door in Dorset on a scorching hot sunny day during the bank holiday weekend

Pictured: Visitors flock to Durdle Door in Dorset on a scorching hot sunny day during the bank holiday weekend

Pictured: Visitors flock to Durdle Door in Dorset on a scorching hot sunny day during the bank holiday weekend

Pictured: People on Southend beach, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring blue skies and widespread sunshine

Pictured: People on Southend beach, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring blue skies and widespread sunshine

Pictured: People on Southend beach, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring blue skies and widespread sunshine

Packed: Crowds flooded Bournemouth beach this afternoon as Britons rushed to the coasts to enjoy the sunshine

Packed: Crowds flooded Bournemouth beach this afternoon as Britons rushed to the coasts to enjoy the sunshine

Packed: Crowds flooded Bournemouth beach this afternoon as Britons rushed to the coasts to enjoy the sunshine

A person zip lines across the sea from Bournemouth pier towards Bournemouth beach as Britons enjoy bank holiday weekend

A person zip lines across the sea from Bournemouth pier towards Bournemouth beach as Britons enjoy bank holiday weekend

A person zip lines across the sea from Bournemouth pier towards Bournemouth beach as Britons enjoy bank holiday weekend

Families enjoying first signs of summer today at Kingsbury water park near Tamworth as the nation is hit with warm weather

Families enjoying first signs of summer today at Kingsbury water park near Tamworth as the nation is hit with warm weather

Families enjoying first signs of summer today at Kingsbury water park near Tamworth as the nation is hit with warm weather

Punts and kayaks fill the River Cam in Cambridge, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring blue skies and sunshine

Punts and kayaks fill the River Cam in Cambridge, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring blue skies and sunshine

Punts and kayaks fill the River Cam in Cambridge, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring blue skies and sunshine

Pictured: Freshwater Beach Holiday Park at Burton Bradstock in Dorset is packed with dozens of holidaymakers' caravans, tents and camper vans on a Sunday morning of warm hazy sunshine during the during the sunny bank holiday weekend

Pictured: Freshwater Beach Holiday Park at Burton Bradstock in Dorset is packed with dozens of holidaymakers' caravans, tents and camper vans on a Sunday morning of warm hazy sunshine during the during the sunny bank holiday weekend

Pictured: Freshwater Beach Holiday Park at Burton Bradstock in Dorset is packed with dozens of holidaymakers’ caravans, tents and camper vans on a Sunday morning of warm hazy sunshine during the during the sunny bank holiday weekend

Sunworshippers flock to Britain's beaches 2 Lockdown-weary Brits have flocked to Devon in a bid to enjoy the hot weather ahead of Bank Holiday Monday - which is set to see temperatures rise to a toasty 77F. Pictured: Blackpool Beach.

Sunworshippers flock to Britain's beaches 2 Lockdown-weary Brits have flocked to Devon in a bid to enjoy the hot weather ahead of Bank Holiday Monday - which is set to see temperatures rise to a toasty 77F. Pictured: Blackpool Beach.

The previous high of 24.5C (76.1F) was recorded on March 30 at Kew Gardens.

‘We will see highs of 24C (75.2F), 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 (76.1F),’ Ms Mitchell said. 

‘We are expecting highs of 25C (77F) 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.’

She continued: ‘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 – quite a lot lower than elsewhere.’

Ms Mitchell said many places in the South East including London had dawned cloudy on Sunday morning, but that had mostly cleared away by mid-morning.

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

Families out enjoying the first sign of summer today at Kingsbury water park as the nation is hit with warm sunny weather

Families out enjoying the first sign of summer today at Kingsbury water park as the nation is hit with warm sunny weather

Families out enjoying the first sign of summer today at Kingsbury water park as the nation is hit with warm sunny weather

Man overboard: Some youngsters riding in a dinghy down the River Swale in Richmond, North Yorkshire, this afternoon

Man overboard: Some youngsters riding in a dinghy down the River Swale in Richmond, North Yorkshire, this afternoon

Man overboard: Some youngsters riding in a dinghy down the River Swale in Richmond, North Yorkshire, this afternoon

A group of youngsters enjoy the River Swale in Richmond, North Yorkshire, as the country enjoys a warm bank holiday

A group of youngsters enjoy the River Swale in Richmond, North Yorkshire, as the country enjoys a warm bank holiday

A group of youngsters enjoy the River Swale in Richmond, North Yorkshire, as the country enjoys a warm bank holiday

Ms Mitchell said: ‘That could go up to 27C (80.6F) in one or two spots by Wednesday, that is pretty warm for the time of year but not record breaking and not exceptional.’

‘It is just because of the weather we have been having that it will feel pretty warm,’ she said.

May was the fourth wettest on record for the UK, and the wettest ever for Wales.

Despite some bookies offering 2/1 odds on next month being the hottest June ever, Ms Mitchell said there is nothing in the long-range forecast at the moment that would indicate that will be the case.

‘There are no strong signals for it to be the warmest June on record. Temperatures will come down a little by the end of next week, and it won’t be as warm from Thursday onwards, so there are no strong signals, although it is a bit early to tell.’  

Roughly 75,000 visitors were expected today at Brighton (pictured), with 50,000 at Bournemouth and 50,000 at Blackpool

Roughly 75,000 visitors were expected today at Brighton (pictured), with 50,000 at Bournemouth and 50,000 at Blackpool

Roughly 75,000 visitors were expected today at Brighton (pictured), with 50,000 at Bournemouth and 50,000 at Blackpool

Niall, 5 and brother Cian Kearns, 2 lark around in the waves at Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Niall, 5 and brother Cian Kearns, 2 lark around in the waves at Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Niall, 5 and brother Cian Kearns, 2 lark around in the waves at Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Revellers in Dorset set up to make the most of the phenomenal weather and the relaxation in coronavirus restrictions

Revellers in Dorset set up to make the most of the phenomenal weather and the relaxation in coronavirus restrictions

Revellers in Dorset set up to make the most of the phenomenal weather and the relaxation in coronavirus restrictions

People enjoy the sunny weather at St. James' Park, in London. Lockdown-weary Brits went out today to enjoy the heat

People enjoy the sunny weather at St. James' Park, in London. Lockdown-weary Brits went out today to enjoy the heat

People enjoy the sunny weather at St. James’ Park, in London. Lockdown-weary Brits went out today to enjoy the heat

People on Boscombe beach, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring blue skies and widespread sunshine

People on Boscombe beach, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring blue skies and widespread sunshine

People on Boscombe beach, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring blue skies and widespread sunshine

People on Southend beach, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring blue skies and widespread sunshine

People on Southend beach, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring blue skies and widespread sunshine

People on Southend beach, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring blue skies and widespread sunshine

Punts and kayaks fill the River Cam in Cambridge, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring widespread sunshine

Punts and kayaks fill the River Cam in Cambridge, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring widespread sunshine

Punts and kayaks fill the River Cam in Cambridge, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring widespread sunshine

People on Boscombe beach, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring blue skies and widespread sunshine

People on Boscombe beach, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring blue skies and widespread sunshine

People on Boscombe beach, with the bank holiday weekend expected to bring blue skies and widespread sunshine

The Met Office also said today would be ‘dry, warm and sunny this afternoon’.

A meteorologist said: ‘It could be the warmest day of the year so far as temperatures approach the mid 20s.

‘However, the east coast will stay chilly and misty in places.’

Fine and dry conditions were expected to continue on Sunday as Britons made the most of their newly restored freedoms following the lifting of many lockdown restrictions.  

Evening cloud was forecast to spread from these coastal areas to eastern counties and parts of the Midlands in the evening, but a dry night with clear periods was predicted elsewhere throughout the UK.

The weekend started well as London and the South East recorded highs of 21C on Saturday, sending people flocking to beaches and parks.

Hundreds of visitors walking down the South West Coast Path this afternoon as they head to Lulworth Cove in Dorset

Hundreds of visitors walking down the South West Coast Path this afternoon as they head to Lulworth Cove in Dorset

Hundreds of visitors walking down the South West Coast Path this afternoon as they head to Lulworth Cove in Dorset

Visitors flock to Lulworth Cove in Dorset on a hot sunny day during the bank holiday. The car park is packed with vehicles

Visitors flock to Lulworth Cove in Dorset on a hot sunny day during the bank holiday. The car park is packed with vehicles

Visitors flock to Lulworth Cove in Dorset on a hot sunny day during the bank holiday. The car park is packed with vehicles

Pictured: A daredevil leaps off Durdle Door into the sea during a scorching hot bank holiday weekend in Dorset

Pictured: A daredevil leaps off Durdle Door into the sea during a scorching hot bank holiday weekend in Dorset

Pictured: A daredevil leaps off Durdle Door into the sea during a scorching hot bank holiday weekend in Dorset

In Cambridge, a floating bar did a roaring trade with the punters out on the River Cam and all those lining the banks.  

But before catching some rays, the Met Office has warned the public to make sure they don plenty of sun cream as UV levels will be high or very high

The Met Office said: ‘Keep covered and wear a hat and sunglasses, spend time in the shade and use a high factor sun cream with good UVA protection to protect yourself.’

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