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UK weather – Brits hit the beach from 7am on 29C hottest day of the year

BRITS hit the beach from 7am – as millions bask in temperatures warmer than the Bahamas today.

The mercury will soar to 29C on what is predicted to be the hottest day of the year as a blowtorch straight from the Azores hits UK shores.

🔵 Read our UK weather live blog for the latest forecasts

Temperatures are soaring on the hottest weekend of the year so far

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Temperatures are soaring on the hottest weekend of the year so farCredit: NNP
Friends in North Tyneside hit the beach as the sun rose this morning

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Friends in North Tyneside hit the beach as the sun rose this morningCredit: NNP
And by 7am, sun-worshippers were already taking a dip in Bournemouth, Dorset

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And by 7am, sun-worshippers were already taking a dip in Bournemouth, DorsetCredit: w8media
Summer Wallace, 21, soaks up the rays in Brighton

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Summer Wallace, 21, soaks up the rays in BrightonCredit: David McHugh / Brighton Pictures
Visitors to Lyme Regis in west Dorset wade into the sea

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Visitors to Lyme Regis in west Dorset wade into the seaCredit: Alamy
Friends cool off Tynemouth Longsands beach

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Friends cool off Tynemouth Longsands beachCredit: NNP
Competitors take part in group stages of the UKBT Grand Slam Beach Volleyball Classic in Weymouth

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Competitors take part in group stages of the UKBT Grand Slam Beach Volleyball Classic in WeymouthCredit: Getty

And sun-worshippers who have faced weeks of miserable weather aren’t wasting a moment.

In Dorset, families began setting up on the sand early this morning in a bid to beat the crowds.

By 7am, many had bagged their spot on the water’s edge at Branksome Chine in Poole.

And hardy friends in Tynemouth, North Tyneside went one better.

The women were seen plunging into the surf at sunrise to paddleboard.

Car parks in Bournemouth were full at lunchtime, while visitors were urged to avoid popular beaches.

The council also closed millionaires’ playground Sandbanks to traffic completely after thousands tried to visit.

Met Office forecasters say this weekend will be the warmest of the year so far, with the mercury rising to around 32C tomorrow.

Northern Ireland is believed to have had its hottest day on record as the mercury soared to 31.2C in Ballywatticock, County Down.

AZORES BLOWTORCH BLASTS BRITAIN

London and the South East can expect clear skies and highs of 29C on Saturday with the mercury climbing to between 31C and 32C on Sunday. 

And, for a change, the fabulous weather is being shared across the country.

The North Midlands and South Yorkshire will be the hottest places today – before the warmth moves south tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Monday is expected to see the highest temperatures shift to the West Country.

June 14 is currently the hottest day of 2021, with 29.7C recorded in Teddington, south-west London.

A couple trapped in standstill traffic on the M11 after a serious crash today were spotted sunbathing on the road

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A couple trapped in standstill traffic on the M11 after a serious crash today were spotted sunbathing on the roadCredit: Dan Titus
Punters take a trip out on the River Cam in Cambridgeshire

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Punters take a trip out on the River Cam in CambridgeshireCredit: Geoff Robinson
There's a holiday atmosphere at Camber Sands

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There’s a holiday atmosphere at Camber SandsCredit: Alamy
People take a swim as the mercury soars in Weymouth

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People take a swim as the mercury soars in WeymouthCredit: Apex
Bournemouth is set to be especially busy, with police bracing for a tough weekend

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Bournemouth is set to be especially busy, with police bracing for a tough weekendCredit: w8media
It's expected to be the hottest day of the year so far, with even more sunshine to come on Sunday and Monday

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It’s expected to be the hottest day of the year so far, with even more sunshine to come on Sunday and Monday

Travel chaos is expected as millions head for the beach today.

And in Bournemouth – where a major incident was declared in June 2020 after tens of thousands of people crammed onto the beach – cops are bracing for a tough weekend.

The force warned: “A number of our staff have tested positive for Covid or are self-isolating, and 101 call waiting times will be longer this weekend.

“We expect it to be busy and will prioritise 999 calls.”

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said the weather may take people by surprise “because so far this summer has not been that great”.

“Temperatures have generally been below average for quite a while – it’s the difference in temperature in such a short space of time that is the most noticeable,” he said.

“But it will affect most of the UK and that is a little bit more unusual – Scotland and Northern Ireland just got their warmest day of the year.

“Northern Ireland might get closer to its highest-ever temperature, which to be fair is only just above 30C.”

A couple enjoy Britain's best newspaper on the beach in Bridlington, Yorkshire

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A couple enjoy Britain’s best newspaper on the beach in Bridlington, YorkshireCredit: LNP
A couple dig out the sunscreen in East Sussex

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A couple dig out the sunscreen in East SussexCredit: Alamy
Beaches are packed - with the UK set to be warmer than the Bahamas

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Beaches are packed – with the UK set to be warmer than the BahamasCredit: w8media
Thousands of people are basking by the sea in Bournemouth

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Thousands of people are basking by the sea in BournemouthCredit: BNPS
Visitors relax on deckchairs set up in Green Park, London

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Visitors relax on deckchairs set up in Green Park, LondonCredit: PA
Brighton beach is busy with sunbathers

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Brighton beach is busy with sunbathersCredit: Alamy
Friends cool off at Warleigh Weir near Bath

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Friends cool off at Warleigh Weir near BathCredit: ANDREW LLOYD

Bookies have slashed the odds on this month being the hottest July on record.

Ladbrokes have cut odds from 6/4 to just 5/4.

Spokesman Alex Apati said: “It’s time to get the beach towels and sun cream out, with a record-breaking few days potentially on the cards.”

But health chiefs have warned Brits to stay safe during the heatwave.

An alert is in place until Tuesday, with Public Health England bosses urging sunseekers to drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.

And the UK’s longed-for ‘freedom day’ will be a gorgeous one as Covid restrictions finally lift.

Social distancing will come to an end, while clubs reopen at midnight tomorrow and propping up the bar with friends makes a return.

Meanwhile, holidays without quarantine will return for double-jabbed Brits.

However, sunshine breaks are in chaos as fully vaccinated travellers from France are told they have to self-isolate – despite the country remaining on the amber list.

Meanwhile Ibiza, Menorca and Majorca have been moved to the amber list – forcing holidaymakers to race for tests and flights in a bid to get home on time.

It means this weekend’s stunning weather will be all the more welcome for Brits desperate to enjoy a break.

There'll be chaos on the roads as sunworshippers hit the sand

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There’ll be chaos on the roads as sunworshippers hit the sandCredit: w8media
But while millions of us are happy to simply bask, more active families are hiking the Brecon Beacons

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But while millions of us are happy to simply bask, more active families are hiking the Brecon BeaconsCredit: Alamy
The M5 at Bristol heading to the South West is at a standstill

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The M5 at Bristol heading to the South West is at a standstillCredit: ©Graham Hunt
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