UK weather today – Brits hit beach for 37C Scorcher Saturday as cops and councils warn they could turn tourists away

BRITS will hit the beach during 'Scorcher Saturday' as forecasters predict temperatures of 37C – but cops have warned they could turn visitors away from the busiest spots.

Some sun-worshippers even kipped in tents overnight at Bournemouth beach to beat the rush after council officials shut miles of seafront yesterday.

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However, there are fears the emergency services will be inundated as many head for the beach after the UK sizzled during the hottest August day for almost 20 years yesterday.

And forecasters say the heatwave is set to stick around for the weekend – before thunderstorms and HAIL roll in early next week.

Councils and police are expecting another hugely busy day after hundreds of thousands of people headed for the coastline on Friday.

Yesterday, Bournemouth council closed 20 of the resort's 24 beaches over fears crowded visitors, who created 15-mile tailbacks on roads in the area as they rushed to the coast, couldn't safely socially distance.

Popular beaches Durley Chine, Sandbanks, Mudeford Sandspit, Mudeford Quay, Avon Beach, Friar's Cliff, Highcliffe Castle and Highcliffe Beach were all among those too packed.

It's expected that there'll be similar scenes today – and council officials say: “Our advice to visitors would be to avoid these areas, turn away and come back another day when it less busy.’’

This morning, a number of tents could be seen on the sand as sun-worshippers skip queues to bag the best spots.

And cops are set to tell coachloads of party-goers heading for Camber Sands to keep away.

Yesterday, car parks were packed at the popular beach in East Sussex, with tailbacks bringing roads to a standstill around the famous sandy dunes.

And rumours of an illegal party have spread online.

Posts on social media have been touting a “beach cookout” at a “secret location” on Sunday, with organisers claiming it will be a “private event” where no food or alcohol will be sold.

Police bosses said: “Any event of more than 30 people, without agreement from the police and the local authority, will not be allowed to go ahead.

“Rother District Council and Sussex Police will be monitoring arrivals at the beach and will disperse or turn away any large groups or gatherings.

“Anyone who has bought a ticket for an event at Camber should contact the event organiser and ask for a refund.”


This morning, Welsh police say Brecon is already "very busy", while roads around Sandbanks in Dorset are at a standstill.

There are also long delays on the A31 through the New Forest in Hampshire as peoplke head for the coast.

Meanwhile, people living in Devon and Cornwall are 'furious' after thousands of tourists flocked to seaside towns.

Locals and business owners say Salcombe, known as 'Chelsea-on-Sea', is heaving and busier than ever before.

And the mayor hit out at tourists who 'seem to think they're in a bubble'.

Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said the region is braced for an exceptionally busy weekend.

PCC Hernandez said: "Roads, beauty spots and town centres are likely to be exceptionally busy this weekend and we are asking visitors to allow for extra time for their journeys, pack extra suncream and be cautious with their alcohol consumption."

“I particularly want residents and visitors to take extra care around the coast.

It comes as a 'Saharan' blast of sunshine saves the UK's summer as many face staying home over fears they'll be subjected a 14-day quarantine upon their return.

Weatherman John Hammond, of Weathertrending, told Sun Online: “Unlike last week’s 'one-day wonder', this heat is going to hit and hold for the best part of a week in some places.

“Some southern areas will be sitting near 30C for several days in a row, with some uncomfortably warm nights too."

Met Office forecasters have issued with a weather warning for the whole of the UK for thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday next week.

They say some areas can even expect huge hailstones to fall.

This morning, forecasters extended the warning into a third day – Wednesday – and say there's a "small chance" that fast flowing or deep floodwater could cause "danger to life".

Yesterday, London saw Friday’s hottest temperatures with Heathrow Airport reaching a sizzling 36.4C and the mercury passing 36.3C at Kew Gardens.

Gatwick Airport and Cambridge also recorded times of 33C with Wiggonholt in West Sussex clocking up 32.9C.

Friday was the hottest August day for 17 years, with the highest temperature recorded at 38.5C at Faversham in Kent on August 10, 2003.

Forecasters predict summer could be saved by a plume of hot air from the continent, making the UK hotter than the Sahara in the next few days.

Brian Gaze, a forecaster at The Weather Outlook, said: "This heatwave is like a blowtorch that will scorch across much of the country.

"It's going to be a glorious weekend."

Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge told The Sun: "Last July, the UK recorded its hottest ever temperature of 38.7C in Cambridge and we cannot rule out that temperatures may rise above that.

"This sudden spike in temperature will see Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Essex get the best of the weather but temperatures will be in the mid-to-high 30s across the country."

Coastguard officials are braced for hundreds of call-outs across the weekend.

It comes after the service reported its busiest day for more than four years on July 31, when it was called to 329 incidents.

On that day, the UK recorded the hottest day of the year and the third warmest on record at 37.8C.

Matt Leat, head of infrastructure and technology lead at HM Coastguard, said: "Looking back to last Friday (July 31), we are going to hit that many number of call-outs potentially today and this weekend."

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