British beaches hit as Britons unable to travel abroad flock to seashores in 26 ° C heat
Britons unable to travel abroad due to coronavirus restrictions are flocking to the country’s beaches to make the most of the sun.
Visitors enjoyed bright sunshine as they descended on Bournemouth and Blackpool beaches today, while others were spotted paddling in Cullercoats Bay, North Tyneside as ‘they were preparing for a scorching weekend ahead.
Dry and sunny weather is expected in most parts of the UK, with temperatures expected to rise to 26C making it warmer than parts of Spain.
As sun-hungry Britons face travel chaos with few destinations on the green list, warmer weather at home is a consolation – with a sunny week ahead also expected for most.
Heavy showers hit southern England on Friday, but luckily most of it had subsided by Saturday morning to be replaced by more sun.
Last week, the mercury touched 30C as the temperature record for 2021 was broken three days in a row as Britons got their first sustained taste of summer after a wash in May.
But the Met Office is warning of downpours in parts of the country for the coming week.
It says that by Sunday, the British can expect: “Cooler and wetter conditions which may affect parts of south west and central England and south Wales, with heavy showers later. Elsewhere hot sun, although showers possible elsewhere in the south. “
The coming week is shaping up to be a little brighter though with: “Lots of nice warm weather with light winds. However, parts of England are particularly at risk from heavy showers on Monday. Clouds increasing from the north. west from Tuesday with sporadic rains. “
Meanwhile, in the popular holiday destination of Ibiza, people were seen sheltering under umbrellas as the island was hit by heavy rain.
This is a small consolation for Brits who currently cannot travel abroad to popular holiday destinations.
Spain’s Barcelona hotspot is also only expected to be 23C on Saturday and 24C on Sunday.
This is great news for Brits facing a summer of uncertainty over overseas flights.
Earlier this week, Portugal was taken off the UK’s green list for non-quarantine travel, just weeks after Britons were finally allowed to take vacations.
In a blow to UK holidaymakers, the popular travel hotspot is now classified as amber, meaning people will have to self-isolate at home for up to 10 days upon their return.
Portugal was the only major European destination the British were allowed to visit without being quarantined in the first green list.
Other options included the isolated Faroe Islands and Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha – a rocky island in the South Atlantic.
Australia and New Zealand were also on the list, but both countries have closed their borders to vacationers.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said there had to be a “safety first approach” as he confirmed the move.
Ticket prices for flights to the UK have skyrocketed and huge queues of Britons desperate to get tested formed as Tuesday’s deadline to go home without having to go home. quarantine was beginning to emerge.
British Airways charges £ 348 for flights from Faro to London Heathrow on Sunday and Monday, but the price drops to £ 137 on Tuesday.
The airline said it would operate more flights to meet demand from people returning home.
TUI, the UK’s largest tour operator, said it had 9,500 customers in Portugal, but that figure is already expected to drop to 2,000 on Tuesday due to the end of the semester for schoolchildren.
A spokeswoman said half of her clients who booked in Portugal for June had changed their trip – mostly until summer 2022 – while the other half planned to continue it despite quarantine rules.
“There is a lot of real bewilderment and frustration and confusion about what’s going on,” she added.