South basks in 77F sunshine - but it's a washout for the North

The UK is set for a north-south divide today as torrential showers make their way across northern parts of country and southern England continues to bask in sunshine and highs of 77F before welcoming an 'African heat flare'.

As a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers move across the nation, northern regions will be met with a cooler start to the week, with temperatures in Yorkshire and central Scotland dropping to 66F.

Meanwhile sweltering Britons who flocked to the country's spots in Brighton and Cornwall will soon enjoy rising mercury levels as an 'African heat flare' brings with it 'very hot conditions' in southeastern areas and a ten-day heatwave from Thursday until mid-August.

The 700 mile-wide plume of heat, which will rise up from the South, will see temperatures soar to a scorching 95F, with forecasters predicting 'drier, brighter and very warm' weather towards the end of the week.   

Today hundreds of sun-seekers rushed to Bournemouth beach to enjoy the warm weather while others poured onto Barry Island beach in Wales to bask in the sun.

The scenes come just a day after Cornwall was branded the 'Benidorm on steroids' after floods of visitors left residents too scared to leave their homes and go food shopping yesterday.

Locals blasted the hordes of sun-seekers pouring onto the coastal area and flouting social distancing guidelines, with one terrified woman saying she had banned her children from the main street and harbour.

The chaos came just days after Matt Hancock warned a second wave was 'starting to roll across Europe' towards Britain and declared there was a 'real danger' of the UK being struck by a spike in cases. 

Hundreds of sun-seekers rushed to Bournemouth beach this morning as the regions in the South enjoyed dry and warm weather

Hundreds of sun-seekers rushed to Bournemouth beach this morning as the regions in the South enjoyed dry and warm weather 

A 700 mile-wide  'African heat flare' will bring with it 'very hot conditions' in southeastern areas and a ten-day heatwave from Thursday until mid-August

A 700 mile-wide  'African heat flare' will bring with it 'very hot conditions' in southeastern areas and a ten-day heatwave from Thursday until mid-August

Sun-seekers pour onto a packed beach at Bournemouth today as the South continues to enjoy warm and dry weather

Sun-seekers pour onto a packed beach at Bournemouth today as the South continues to enjoy warm and dry weather 

Meanwhile others gather on a sunny Barry Island beach in Wales, as the temperatures continued to rise across the southern regions

Meanwhile others gather on a sunny Barry Island beach in Wales, as the temperatures continued to rise across the southern regions

Hundreds of beach-goers lie on the sand at Bournemouth beach today as the nation prepares for an 'African heat flare' which will brings with it 'very hot conditions' in southeastern areas

Hundreds of beach-goers lie on the sand at Bournemouth beach today as the nation prepares for an 'African heat flare' which will brings with it 'very hot conditions' in southeastern areas

People absorb the sun rays on a beach in Bournemouth today as the nation gears up for a ten-day heatwave from Thursday

People absorb the sun rays on a beach in Bournemouth today as the nation gears up for a ten-day heatwave from Thursday

Hordes of people gather on the beach at Bournemouth as southern parts of the country continue to enjoy warm weather

Hordes of people gather on the beach at Bournemouth as southern parts of the country continue to enjoy warm weather 

This week ministers confirmed people who now test positive for coronavirus or have symptoms similar to those presented by Covid-19 would be told to stay at home for ten days— up from the current seven-day self-isolation period because 'evidence has strengthened'. 

It came hours after it emerged that Boris

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