/Brits to enjoy 26C Bank Holiday Monday amid fears crowds will flock to beaches

Brits to enjoy 26C Bank Holiday Monday amid fears crowds will flock to beaches

Brits stayed away from beaches and beauty spots largely on a blustery cooler Saturday – but are being warned to continue this as temperatures rise.

A chilly and blustery start to the weekend on Saturday is to make way for a warmer day today, with temperatures soaring still further to 26C on Monday.

Many beaches across England stayed largely empty on Saturday as the weather helped keep people away amid warnings not to break coronavirus rules over the bank holiday weekend.

Authorities feared crowds would flock to popular coastal destinations following similar incidents in the past week, but beauty spots in Brighton and Cornwall were quiet thanks to strong winds and rain showers.

But the mercury is expected to rise to 26C (78.8F) in London on Monday, with coastal areas likely to see the temperature hit 20C (68F) – and councils have warned people not to take advantage of the warmer weather.

Authorities are keen to avoid busy beaches like Southend last week
(Image: Humphrey Nemar/ dailystar)

Saturday was predicted to be the colder day, before a pleasant Sunday, with warnings to the public remaining in place.

Beach-goer, Jane Griffiths, retired, from Newquay, said her local area was more quiet on Saturday than usual for the time of year, as 40mph winds swept the area

She said: “A few people were dotted about and a few people were surfing.

“On normal May bank holidays, the beaches would have been packed and lifeguards would have had red flags flying today. Although breezy today, visitors would have used wind breaks.

A view of a near empty beach in Brighton on Saturday
Bournemouth beach
Bournemouth beach was very quiet on a cool start to the long weekend
(Image: Getty Images)

“We saw a few people but nothing like the numbers we would normally have seen.”

Elsewhere in Brighton, the mercury rose to just 16C (60.8F) in the morning, and as heavy showers arrived in the afternoon, pictures showed the seafront was largely empty.

It was also a blustery day for other coastal areas in the South East, including Margate, in Kent, and Southend in Essex, which was busy earlier in the week.

But Saturday’s gales and lower temperatures left beaches and open spaces empty for most of the day.

In the North West, the usually popular Blackpool hit a maximum temperature of 15C (59F), with some strong gales of up to 46mph.

Pictures on social media showed an empty area surrounding the Blackpool Tower tourist attraction on the seafront.

But the warnings from councils to stay away remain the same ahead of sunny spells expected to arrive for parts of the UK on Sunday.

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Sefton Council in Merseyside has adopted a new campaign ahead of the bank holiday weekend, telling people “Wish you weren’t here!”.

In Cornwall, council leaders have warned there is no lifeguard cover and a large coastal swell and spring tide will bring hazardous sea conditions over the weekend.

Devon County Council asked people to “think twice” about visiting the coast and to consider if they could remain closer to home.


Many northern and central areas starting cloudy but light rain fading, skies slowly brightening. Southern England and Northern Ireland should see sunnier conditions develop more readily. Less windy, feeling warmer.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Southern areas mostly fine and warm throughout. Rain reaching the far NW on Monday, dying out as it comes southeast into central areas on Tuesday with brighter drier weather following.

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