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2020-07-31T16:08:45.386Z

The Met Office said temperatures will be back closer to average on Saturday but it will still be pretty warm in the South East

Mr Partridge said “the weekend is going to be pretty good” and added: “Both days are going to be mostly dry across the

UK with sunny spells and some showers at times that may be out to the north and the west of the country.”

Temperatures in the South East on Saturday could reach 26C or 27C and it could feel a little bit fresher with highs of 23C or 24C on Sunday.

2020-07-31T15:50:00.000Z

Police patrol Portobello Beach in Edinburgh

Officers were seen carrying out patrols in the area after they reportedly confiscated alcohol from beachgoers.

(PA)
2020-07-31T15:30:00.000Z

It is the hottest day of the year “by some way” said the Met Office

2020-07-31T14:47:38.930Z

The crowds at Bournemouth beach have sparked fierce debate online

2020-07-31T14:21:42.780Z

A zipwire is one way to socially distance on Bournemouth beach

People zipwire on Bournemouth beach (PA)

2020-07-31T13:52:41.096Z

The mercury has reached 35C at Heathrow Airport, meaning Friday is the hottest day of the year so far, the Met Office said.

    
Temperatures are expected to continue to rise into the afternoon.

2020-07-31T13:46:15.880Z

Visitors to Dorset should expect delays, police say

2020-07-31T13:31:35.450Z

A warning from Dorset Council – local car parks are almost full: 

2020-07-31T13:30:49.863Z

People head to the Bournemouth beach as a social distancing sign hangs on a fence

(Reuters)

2020-07-31T13:09:01.260Z

Beachgoers enjoying the sunshine on Bournemouth beach

(AFP via Getty Images)

2020-07-31T12:58:50.340Z

Police ask public to avoid Brighton beach for pride weekend

Revellers are being warned that large gatherings remain banned because of the pandemic as Brighton Pride prepares for its 2020 extravaganza to go online.

Covid-19 restrictions led to the cancellation of this year’s festivities, which were attended by around 300,000 people in 2019.

This weekend’s “stay at home” event – Fabuloso – is set to be a very different experience but retaining the spirit of Pride while keeping everyone safe.

Police are asking people to avoid “unsafe or illegal” unofficial events amid reports that some are planning to congregate on Brighton beach.

While mass gatherings can pose risks of greater coronavirus transmission, a local health boss said this year’s digital endeavour is a “fantastic way” to keep the traditions going safely.

Paul Kemp, managing director of Brighton & Hove Pride, said: “We want people to come together in a safe and socially distanced way, and have their own Pride celebration at home.

“We are excited about plans for a spectacular Fabuloso online festival to mark its 30 years of campaigning, protest and celebration and help raise essential funds for our LGBTQ+ community groups.

“During these challenging times we are inviting all our friends in the city, the country and the world to join in our celebrations of Pride together.”

2020-07-31T12:31:58.726Z

Crowds have also taken to Brighton’s beach

Brighton’s beach is also packed (Reuters)
2020-07-31T12:11:14.026Z

Bournemouth beach is already heaving

Bournemouth beach is filling up (AFP)

2020-07-31T11:45:40.433Z

Sunbathers begin to crowd the beach at Blackpool

Blackpool is getting busy (PA)

2020-07-31T11:23:28.370Z

Dreaming of less crowded coasts

2020-07-31T10:49:56.906Z

Remember to carry a bottle of water!

Woman fans herself on the tube (AFP)

2020-07-31T10:14:07.613Z

Hampstead Heath this morning

2020-07-31T09:52:24.156Z

Bournemouth beach is already busy