Britons flock to the beaches as mercury hits 79F ahead of heatwave

Britons have flocked to the beaches again today as temperatures rocket to the mid twenties after weeks of rain.

Coastal areas saw another influx of tourists as the mercury rises to 79F (26C) and pubs open again after lockdown easing last weekend.

Lyme Regis in Dorset was packed with sunseekers who donned their swimming trunks and put up tents across the sand.

Most of the country is set to be dry with sunshine and warmer weather in southern areas this afternoon. But it will be cloudier in the north with some showers as well as cloud and rain in Northern Ireland and western Scotland.

Sunbathers and families flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine

Sunbathers and families flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine

Sunbathers and families flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine

Sunseekers took to the sea in their swimming trunks and on kayaks as they enjoyed the resort during the hot weather today

Sunseekers took to the sea in their swimming trunks and on kayaks as they enjoyed the resort during the hot weather today

Sunseekers took to the sea in their swimming trunks and on kayaks as they enjoyed the resort during the hot weather today

Sunbathers and families relax on the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine

Sunbathers and families relax on the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine

Sunbathers and families relax on the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine

Bradley Parrott and Molly O'Brien enjoy the warm weather and reopening of the outdoor swimming pool at the Art Deco styled Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth

Bradley Parrott and Molly O'Brien enjoy the warm weather and reopening of the outdoor swimming pool at the Art Deco styled Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth

Bradley Parrott and Molly O’Brien enjoy the warm weather and reopening of the outdoor swimming pool at the Art Deco styled Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth

A man, a woman and a dog stand by their paddleboards before they hit the waves in Rock, Cornwall

A man, a woman and a dog stand by their paddleboards before they hit the waves in Rock, Cornwall

A man, a woman and a dog stand by their paddleboards before they hit the waves in Rock, Cornwall

A shop in Rock, Cornwall, sees people lined up outside as tourists descend on holiday resorts as the weather heats up today

A shop in Rock, Cornwall, sees people lined up outside as tourists descend on holiday resorts as the weather heats up today

A shop in Rock, Cornwall, sees people lined up outside as tourists descend on holiday resorts as the weather heats up today

Holiday-makers line up and wait for the Rock to Padstow ferry across the bay today in Cornwall

Holiday-makers line up and wait for the Rock to Padstow ferry across the bay today in Cornwall

Holiday-makers line up and wait for the Rock to Padstow ferry across the bay today in Cornwall

A Met Office meteorologist said: ‘It’s a chilly but bright start to the day on Sunday morning. Plenty of sunshine hanging on right the way through into the afternoon.

‘It will feel a bit warmer on Sunday as well, temperatures widely into the low 20s, we could see 24C in the south east.

‘It will be strong sunshine, the UV levels will be very high in places tomorrow so people should take care if they’re heading out.

‘Later in the day as we head towards the evening cloud will thicken across Northern Ireland and western Scotland.

‘That will bring some outbreaks of rain to end the day and that’s a sign of more changeable weather on the way as we head towards next week.’

Next week could see highs of 84F (30C) as a heatwave may sweep over Britain, marking an end to the cool and rainy deluge seen so far in July.

Weather maps show the country turning red with heat next week, with the south bearing the brunt of the warmer weather. The mercury will spike at a 84F (30C) next Sunday and continue in to Monday.

Netweather’s long-range forecast reads: ”High pressure will dominate the weather over much of the UK during the early to middle part of this week, and over England and Wales the weather will be predominantly dry and sunny, with temperatures above the seasonal average by day, but near average by night.

A man on a bike reads a social distancing sign as he waits for the ferry from Rock to Padstow today ahead of a warm afternoon

A man on a bike reads a social distancing sign as he waits for the ferry from Rock to Padstow today ahead of a warm afternoon

A man on a bike reads a social distancing sign as he waits for the ferry from Rock to Padstow today ahead of a warm afternoon

A man holds on to his dog while wearing a face covering as he takes the ferry from Rock to Padstow in Cornwall on Sunday

A man holds on to his dog while wearing a face covering as he takes the ferry from Rock to Padstow in Cornwall on Sunday

A man holds on to his dog while wearing a face covering as he takes the ferry from Rock to Padstow in Cornwall on Sunday

Tourists and locals crammed on to the beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset on Sunday afternoon as the mercury shot up to 79F

Tourists and locals crammed on to the beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset on Sunday afternoon as the mercury shot up to 79F

Tourists and locals crammed on to the beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset on Sunday afternoon as the mercury shot up to 79F

A woman plays music under an umbrella as sunseekers watch on by the beach in Lyme Regis on Sunday afternoon

A woman plays music under an umbrella as sunseekers watch on by the beach in Lyme Regis on Sunday afternoon

A woman plays music under an umbrella as sunseekers watch on by the beach in Lyme Regis on Sunday afternoon 

‘It currently looks unlikely that this high-pressure spell will bring any prolonged heatwaves, although a short-lived hot southerly or south-easterly incursion towards the very end of this anticyclonic spell is possible.

‘For much of Scotland and Northern Ireland there will also be some dry and sunny weather but cloud amounts will be more variable, as there will be an eastern North Atlantic trough which will bring moist south-westerlies into Scotland and Northern Ireland at times. Significant rainfall, though, is expected to be confined to north-west Scotland.

‘Late in the week there are indications that the spell of anticyclonic weather will break down from the west or north-west, turning the weather more unsettled, but it is expected to stay on the warm side.

‘Thunderstorms are possible during the breakdown but not guaranteed, as it is possible that we could see a largely thunder-free breakdown from the north-west.’

People sit outside a cafe in Lyme Regis and enjoy cold and hot drinks near the beach as the sun shone on Sunday afternoon

People sit outside a cafe in Lyme Regis and enjoy cold and hot drinks near the beach as the sun shone on Sunday afternoon

People sit outside a cafe in Lyme Regis and enjoy cold and hot drinks near the beach as the sun shone on Sunday afternoon

People are photographed out and about in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire today as they enjoy the glorious weather

People are photographed out and about in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire today as they enjoy the glorious weather

People are photographed out and about in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire today as they enjoy the glorious weather

People with face masks enjoy the sunshine on Wimbledon Common in south west London as the temperature rose on Sunday

People with face masks enjoy the sunshine on Wimbledon Common in south west London as the temperature rose on Sunday

People with face masks enjoy the sunshine on Wimbledon Common in south west London as the temperature rose on Sunday

Coastal areas are braced for another influx of tourists as the mercury rises to 79F (26C) and pubs open after lockdown easing last weekend. Pictured: Paddleboarders in Wareham, Dorset

Coastal areas are braced for another influx of tourists as the mercury rises to 79F (26C) and pubs open after lockdown easing last weekend. Pictured: Paddleboarders in Wareham, Dorset

Coastal areas are braced for another influx of tourists as the mercury rises to 79F (26C) and pubs open after lockdown easing last weekend. Pictured: Paddleboarders in Wareham, Dorset

People enjoy a boat trip on a warm day in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, as four friends paddle a boat down a river

People enjoy a boat trip on a warm day in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, as four friends paddle a boat down a river

People enjoy a boat trip on a warm day in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, as four friends paddle a boat down a river

Most of the country is set to be dry with sunshine and warmer weather in southern areas in the afternoon. Pictured: Dorset this morning

Most of the country is set to be dry with sunshine and warmer weather in southern areas in the afternoon. Pictured: Dorset this morning

Most of the country is set to be dry with sunshine and warmer weather in southern areas in the afternoon. Pictured: Dorset this morning

Yet July is still on track to be the coolest for 32 years as part of what forecasters have dubbed a ‘payback summer’.

This month last year saw an average temperature of of 75F (24C),  but the average for this July has been 68F (20C).

Weathermen said this summer’s disappointing weather is ‘payback’ after 2019’s record high temperature and 2018’s hottest summer on record.

July is on course to be the coolest since 1988, Met Office figures for the month so far show.

Rainfall is also close to double the normal so far, at 30mm in England and Wales, Met Office data showed.

Cool Atlantic winds and a lack of continental heat are blamed. June was one of the wettest for 89 years – wetter than all but eight Junes since 1931, with UK rainfall up almost 50 per cent at 106mm.

The morning sun rises over Liverpool this morning as the country braces for temperatures of 75F (24C)

The morning sun rises over Liverpool this morning as the country braces for temperatures of 75F (24C)

The morning sun rises over Liverpool this morning as the country braces for temperatures of 75F (24C) 

Next week could see highs of 84F (30C) as a heatwave may scorch Britain, marking an end to the rainy deluge seen so far in July. Pictured: Liverpool this morning

Next week could see highs of 84F (30C) as a heatwave may scorch Britain, marking an end to the rainy deluge seen so far in July. Pictured: Liverpool this morning

Next week could see highs of 84F (30C) as a heatwave may scorch Britain, marking an end to the rainy deluge seen so far in July. Pictured: Liverpool this morning

Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: ‘It’s a ”payback summer” so far. We’ve been spoilt by recent summers’ heat.

‘Cool weather has dominated July. Even a promising St Swithin’s Day might not save summer.’

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: ‘This summer is perhaps a reality check after recent years’ fierce heat.

It’s a cooler reminder of what we should expect. There’s little evidence of prolonged scorching weather in the charts.

‘This week will be warmer than the autumnal week just gone – but towards the weekend may become wet as an Icelandic low pressure looks like drifting across the UK. And mixed summer weather will continue.’

A Met Office forecaster added: ‘Rain spreads on Monday, but the week is then dry especially for the South, with more unsettled conditions in the North at times.

‘The North’s rain and strong winds at times will possibly spread later in the period to July 24.

‘July 25 to August 8 sees temperatures around average, with any particularly warm weather most likely short-lived.’

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