UK beaches today: Brits race to seaside in chaotic scenes as lockdown eases – in pictures
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Much of the UK has seen temperatures over 30C this week, and the sunshine has prompted many Brits to visit the nation’s beach spots. More sun-seekers are expected to flock to UK beaches today (Thursday) as another roasting day for many places is forecast by the Met Office.
In the south-east, Southend-on-Sea was packed with visitors on Wednesday.
Pictures also show beaches in Bournemouth and Brighton full of people hoping to catch the last of the sun yesterday before thunderstorms set in.
Earlier this week, the Met Office predicted some regions of the UK would see highs up to 34C this week.
The Met Office is also warning of the risk of high and very high UV levels today.
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People in England and Wales have been advised to avoid being outside at around midday on Thursday.
The Met Office is predicting UV radiation from the sun to reach a “rare” level eight meaning “very high”, and even higher level nine UV radiation is predicted in some parts of the South West.
From midday on Thursday, the Met Office has issued three days of thunderstorm warnings, which should hamper the warm sunny weather which has appeared this week.
Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Matthew Lehnert, said: “By Thursday, Northern Ireland and Scotland will join the rest of the country in seeing a shorter lived spell of warm and sunny weather, but we’re also seeing an increased risk of thunderstorms towards the end of the week which is expected to bring an end to the very warm and sunny weather.”
As Brits have flocked to UK beaches this week, the Government has also recently eased a number of lockdown measures.
The UK’s position on the COVID Alert System was recently downgraded to Level 3 by the chief medical and scientific officers.
The Government has asked people to continue to adhere to the current social distancing measures to lower the risk of a second spike in COVID-19 infections.
Speaking in the Commons on Tuesday, Boris Johnson said: ”Today we can say that our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end and life is returning to our streets and shops.
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“The bustle is starting to come back and a new but cautious optimism is palpable.
“But it would be all too easy for that frost to return.
“That’s why we will continue to trust in the common sense and community spirit of the British people to follow this guidance, to carry us through and see us to victory over this disease.”
The two-metre social distancing rule still remains in place, but providing extra precautions can be taken, such as the use of face masks, the rule can be reduced to one-metre plus in some circumstances.
From July 4, a number of British businesses will also be allowed to reopen after months of closures.
Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to reopen, providing they can operate safely and are COVID-secure.
Museums and other tourist attractions will also be allowed to reopen, along with hairdressers.
Indoor gyms, swimming pools and beauty salons will need to remain closed for the time being, Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday.
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