BRITS basked in highs of 25C yesterday, with families flocking to beaches and green beauty spots – but the scorching weather will be short-lived.
Today the country is set to be hit with showers, which will bring an abrupt end to any outdoor plans as kids enjoy the second week of the summer holidays.
Most of the country saw blue skies and was blanketed in warm temperatures of up to 25C, with the south east being treated with the top temperatures.
In the north it wasn’t quite the same story, with outbreaks of rain affecting some parts.
Beaches in Cornwall were packed yesterday as those enjoying staycations lapped up the sunshine.
But locals were left fuming by the large crowds and lack of social distancing.
Mixed #4tunes 4 many of us on Thursday with rain and drizzle 4 some areas and some brightness in places. Still warm in the far southeast but cooler 4 most places. Here is our #4cast 👇 pic.twitter.com/BsPEY5enYc
Popular towns including St Ives and Penzance have seen busy streets, with few people wearing face masks or staying 1m away from each other.
Holidays across England have resumed since July 4, when the UK government allowed overnight stays at hotels and self-catered accommodation, as well as campsites and caravan parks.
Cornwall is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK, with long stretches of beaches and quaint port towns.
However, locals have complained that tourists are going to the area to “escape coronavirus” – and don’t follow the guidelines.
According to The Guardian, one local in St Ives said: “They’re in holiday mode, bumping around all over the place.
“They think there’s no coronavirus in Cornwall. Locals are split between those who are delighted that the economy is booming and others who are putting up signs that say: ‘F*** off, tourists.”
However, Cornwall tourism boss Malcom Bell has warned the West Country resorts won’t survive without the money that outsiders spend in shops, pubs and attractions.
He said: “We are battling to save thousands of jobs. Let’s welcome our customers, who will share their money to keep Cornish people in jobs.”
Yesterday was mainly sunny in the Midlands, East Anglia, southern England and much of Wales.
Today, there will be outbreaks of rain sweeping across the UK, bringing a hiatus to the warm weather.
Many parts of the country will be lashed by the wet weather, which will move southwards.
The rain for southern Scotland will move into northern England and Wales with showers reaching the South West and the Midlands through the day – before showers arrive in the South East by the afternoon.
Friday will be dry and bright for many areas, with isolated showers in south Wales and South West England – and rain affecting the West during the evening.
Saturday will then be unsettled with plenty of cloud and showers spreading eastwards across the country.