Huge crowds descended on the UK’s coastal areas for the third day of this weekend’s heatwave, causing two-mile traffic jams as councils urged people to find less busy places to make social distancing possible.
By 10.30am on Sunday, Rother District Council had posted a tweet advising people: “Camber Sands car parks will soon be full. Please consider other destinations and help us keep the roads clear for residents and emergency service vehicles.”
Thanet Council said Joss Bay and Ramsgate beaches “are now extremely busy” and warned around 3.30pm that high tide was approaching, making social distancing even more difficult.
Bournemouth beach (PA)
Leftover litter and rubbish once the crowds clear is also a concern for councils and residents in beauty spots, following incidents of people flocking to these areas and leaving a mess behind.
People using disposable barbecue sets and not getting rid of them properly has caused “devastation” in Devon, said police.
“There has already been a lot of devastation caused to local areas as a result of BBQs not being disposed of safely,” said Devon and Cornwall Police in a tweet on Sunday morning. “Please act responsibly.”
Temperatures are expected to reach 35C on Sunday, with Kent, Sussex and parts of London seeing the highest temperatures, said the Met Office.
Friday was the hottest August day in 17 years as the mercury hit 36.4C at Heathrow and Kew Gardens. The heatwave was forecast to last until Monday or even Tuesday, but yellow thunderstorm warnings have been issued for all parts of the UK for Monday through to Wednesday.