UK weather – Brits flock to beaches as temperature soar to 20C in weekend warmer

BRITS have flocked to beaches in their thousands this weekend as temperatures soar to a balmy 20C.

Sun-seekers are packing the pebbles on shores up and down the country to make the most of the warm and not-so-autumnal weather.

The seafront in Lyme Regis, Dorest, was heaving with families and daytrippers this afternoon.

While swimmers went for an early morning dip in the Cornish sea at Chapel Porth beach near St Agnes.

Crowds were desperately soaking up the sunshine after heavy fog plagued England on Saturday morning.

The mercury soared to a fine 21.1C in the village of Herstmonceux, East Sussex, yesterday.

And highs of 20C are expected in Plymouth this afternoon.

Across most of England it will be dry with "plenty of sunny spells for many".

A Met Office forecaster said: "There will be plenty of sunshine and temperatures will reach 19C or 20C.

"Elsewhere, under cloudier skies, temperatures will remain in the mid-teens."

Not everywhere is enjoying a summer resurge however, with blustery conditions across northern Scotland and drizzle in parts of Wales.

It will remain breezy and showery in Scotland into the evening, with more persistent downpours in the far northwest later.

Things will dry up elsewhere but it will "turn chilly for many".

Temperatures could even drop to as low as 2C in some areas, forecasters said.

Monday is looking like another fine day with plenty of sunshine.

But rain will hit Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England later in the day.

"Temperatures tomorrow will be much closer to average with highs of 17C," a Met Office forecaster added.

The rest of the week is looking mostly settled with some rain and patchy fog at times.

BBC forecaster Susan Powell said: "Some long spells of sunshine to take us through this afternoon, a fine story for the majority of the UK.

"And there's a lot of fine weather to come through the week ahead too."

Meteorologist Helen Willetts added: "Southern and western areas will see the best of the drier, the brighter, the slightly warmer weather."

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