UK beaches and parks are packed as crowds soak up the sun


Thousands of Britons have flocked to beaches over the weekend to take advantage of the warm temperatures before lockdown measures loosen further next week.

Images showed popular beaches such as Scarborough, Weymouth, Bournemouth, Cleethorpes and Brighton, filled with sun seekers.

Parks, boardwalks and waterfronts across the country have all been busy.

Temperatures reached 30.3 ° C in Derbyshire, surpassing the record of 29.7 ° C set on June 14.

In Manchester, Piccadilly Gardens was packed all day, with many adults and children cooling off in the fountains.

Elsewhere in Manchester city center, the open-air rest areas in the North Quarter were teeming with people catching up over a refreshing drink as bathers undressed and soaked in the glorious Castlefield sunshine.

Sun-seekers looking to enjoy the seaside set up camp on Troon Beach as temperatures soared to 25C, marking one of the hottest days of the year so far.

Beach goers could be seen packing the beach and boardwalk for the weekend heatwave.

The sweltering weather caused traffic congestion expected near Formby Beach in the northeast with an unofficial parking area open and tickets for illegally parked vehicles.

The official beach park was full and closed for the day. Unofficial parking has emerged on a plot of land at a cost of £ 10.

People have raised concerns about dogs at the beach in the high temperatures.

A number of people have been rescued off the coast of North Wales.

Holyhead Coastguard said he had dealt with incidents in Rhyl and near South Stack, with other emergencies reported in the area.

A spokesperson said Rhyl’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was busy rescuing “several people” stranded on sandbars off the town as the tide rises.

North Wales Live understands that there have also been incidents near the coast in Llandudno, Conwy, and Benllech, Anglesey.

The RNLI has also been kept apprised of rescues off busy Devon beaches.

Tom Morgan, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Temperatures are expected to rise further on Sunday, reaching highs of 33 ° C in the south of the UK.”

He said a prolonged heat spell is expected to last for much of the coming week, adding: “It means people are really going to feel the effects of the heat during this week.”

Public Health England (PHE) and the Met Office have warned people to be careful during the heat wave, advising people to stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and not leave children or pets in cars.

PHE urged people to watch out for others who may have difficulty with the heat, such as the elderly and those who live alone.

The RAC also warned drivers to be careful on a busy weekend on the roads and to check their cars for road readiness before setting off.

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