Fears of a stampede to the UK's spots as ten-day 'African heat flare' on ...

spot residents are bracing for a fresh stampede of revellers as a major 'African heat flare' is set to roast Britain in a ten-day heatwave.

Tourists are expected to flock back to beaches across the country as temperatures up to 91F (33C) sweep in from central Europe by the end of the week - following 71F (22C) today.

But the warm weather will come as a blow to locals in areas such as Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Sussex who can expect another huge influx of holidaymakers.

Beleaguers Cornish residents reported over the weekend how the popular county had turned into 'Benidorm on steroids' as floods of visitors left them too scared to leave their homes.

Meanwhile Thanet District Council in Kent begged people to avoid four of the area's beaches - including the popular Margate's Main Sands - due to the number of visitors.

And a drunken fight broke out on the seafront in Brighton on Saturday night as two women went toe-to-toe and others cheered and ignored social distancing.

It comes as Britain's coronavirus infection rate continues to soar, with 744 people diagnosed with the killer bug yesterday, up from 771 yesterday and 880 on Friday.

Tourists are expected to flock back to beaches (pictured, Brighton on Friday) across the country as temperatures up to 91F (33C) sweep in from central Europe by the end of the week - following 71F (22C) today

Tourists are expected to flock back to beaches (pictured, Brighton on Friday) across the country as temperatures up to 91F (33C) sweep in from central Europe by the end of the week - following 71F (22C) today

A major 'African heat flare' is set to roast Britain in a ten-day heatwave sweeping across the country from the Continent over this week

A major 'African heat flare' is set to roast Britain in a ten-day heatwave sweeping across the country from the Continent over this week

Street marshals were deployed in Cornwall as tourists poured down narrow streets and flouted social-distancing rules - despite clear warning signs in place. 

RNLI rescues 14 friends from island after they were cut off by the tide

Fourteen people had to be rescued from an island off the Norfolk coast when the tide cut them off.

As the hot weather saw tourists flock to beaches, coastguards and the RNLI have seen a sharp increase in call-outs to assist those in trouble.

After being paged by Humber Coastguard, Hunstanton RNLI and Hunstanton Coast Guard Rescue Team were called to Brancaster to save 14 trippers who had become stranded on Scolt Head Island.

The party had walked to the island quarter of a mile out at low tide but did not realise their way back was under water.

Hunstanton Coastguard said 'Once on scene, the team made sure all casualties did not attempt to cross the channel.

'Hunstanton Lifeboat made four trips across the channel with casualties. Words of advice given to all involved.' 

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Cornwall Council slammed the 'ignorant' visitors who descended on spots without their face masks, as Britons elsewhere appeared to ignore social distancing rules while gathering at bars.

Deputy leader Adam Paynter yesterday admitted there is fear in the coastal county for a rise in coronavirus cases as people travel to the region for their holidays.

Speaking out about holidaymakers flocking to the country, where yesterday a man in his 40s died after being pulled from the sea, he told LBC: 'It is feeling quite busy, it's difficult to know exactly where it is numbers-wise.

'Many hotels and certainly bed-and-breakfasts either haven't opened or are seeing less visitors but then our campsites and caravans are seeing a lot more people using those sites so it is feeling busy when you're out in some of our towns.'

Councillor Paynter also criticised 'ignorant' tourists who refuse to wear face masks during their visit to the south-west.

He said: 'Clearly we've still got a very low number of cases of coronavirus but obviously residents want to keep it that way.

'I've heard two different incidents where people have been overheard saying: 'Well, I'm not going to wear a mask. I came down here to get away from all of that.

'I think that's pretty ignorant thinking that coronavirus doesn't exist down here. We did have 20 positive cases this week which was up 14 from the previous week.'

He added: 'So it's something that local residents are concerned about because they've been sensible, they've behaved.'

But locals in the county are among those preparing for another weekend of misery as the mercury looks set to rocket back up to at least 91F (33C).

The Met Office told of an 'African heat flare' coming in from Thursday until mid-August, bringing 'drier, brighter and very warm' weather towards the end of the week and 'very hot conditions' in the South East.

Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze, said: 'August could rescue summer. He added: 'Computer models suggest a very warm or hot period from Thursday, lasting for as long as mid-month. 35C is possible again.'

Two women pose as they are photographed at Southend Beach in Essex on Friday as the heat rocketed to the third highest ever temperature

Two women pose as they are photographed at Southend Beach in Essex on Friday as the heat rocketed to the third highest ever temperature

Senior forecaster at the Met Office Marco Petagna said: 'On Monday we are looking at a mixture of sun and showers with most of them looking like they will be in central and eastern parts of England.

Pictured: Hero father who died after saving three of his children when they got caught in rip tide off Welsh beach as his 'devastated' partner pays tribute to him for 'bringing our babies back'

A father-of-seven who died while rescuing three of his children when they got caught in a rip tide during a family trip to the seaside has been pictured.

Jonathan 'Joff' Stevens, 36, was with the youngsters aged ten to 12 at Barmouth in North Wales when they began to struggle in the water yesterday lunchtime.

The plasterer tried to pull the children to safety, and a major rescue operation was launched involving a lifeboat and Coastguard search and rescue helicopter.

Jonathan Stevens is pictured with his partner Laura Burford and four of their children - including Lacey (bottom right) and Jack (bottom centre), whom he rescued yesterday

Jonathan Stevens is pictured with his partner Laura Burford and four of their children - including Lacey (bottom right) and Jack (bottom centre), whom he rescued yesterday

Mr Stevens, from Telford, Shropshire, was then pulled from the water and flown to Gwynedd Hospital in Bangor in an air ambulance but died.

Today, his heartbroken partner Laura Burford, who was back home 80 miles away when the tragedy happened, said he had died a hero while 'saving their babies'.

She said: 'I am absolutely devastated to say that I have lost the complete love of my life. All seven of his beautiful kids have lost their dad. 

'He died saving his kids' lives in the sea. There are no words to

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