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UK weather forecast: Brits set for 28C heatwave as scorching temperatures to stay for rest of the week

THOUSANDS of people are expected to descend on Britain's beauty spots this week as temperatures remain high for what would have been the half-term holiday.

It will be Britain's second heatwave in as many weeks as the weather continues to heat up.

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Last week's scorcher saw the hottest day of the year, with a sweltering 28.2C recorded at Santon Downham in Suffolk.

Rain and thunderstorms brought the heatwave to an abrupt end before yesterday's sizzler kicked off another blistering blast.

The Met Office said temperatures could reach 27C later today.

Forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: "It's hotter than the Mediterranean at the moment and it's going to stay like it all week.

"We're going to see temperatures well above the average.

"It'll get even hotter as we approach the weekend with 28C possible on Sunday.

"It could beat the record for the hottest day of the year so far."

The scorcher comes after the sunniest April ever.

We saw an average 224.5 hours of sunshine, beating the previous record of 211.9 hours in April 2015.

It was also one of the driest April's on record.

But the coronavirus lockdown has caused a chronic shortage of available lifeguards to patrol Britain's beaches.

The RNLI and Coastguard said the Covid-19 lockdown, announced on March 23, forced it to halt its annual training and recruitment drive.

It means Britain's 200 plus beaches are currently unmanned for the first time since the life-saving patrols were introduced in 2001.

As a result, inflatables have been banned and beachgoers told to look out for one another.

It is feared only 30 per cent of beaches - roughly 70 - will be covered by the peak Summer season.

And those beaches will be chosen based on risk and popularity.

It comes as Brits flocked to beaches in their thousands yesterday in 26C temperatures.

Joggers and dog walkers flocked to the coast to get a head start on the Bank Holiday Monday scorcher.

Many were seen relaxing on the sand as others headed to the water to surf and water ski.

Temperatures were already pushing 20C by 10am yesterday as the mercury continued to rise - reaching 26C by 4pm, according to the Met Office.

Joggers were seen getting their morning exercise while on The Long Walk in Windsor.

In Dorset, families set up their tents on the beach and others were seen going for their morning walks.

Bank Holiday Monday was warm and mostly fine for southern areas.

Brits though were still being warned to stay away from beaches and beauty spots and to continue to keep to social distancing rules even as the sunnier weather continues.

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