British beaches packed as furloughed people join crowds enjoying heatwave

Hordes of people headed to the seaside as temperatures soared to 80F yet again. Beaches in Bournemouth, Brighton, Devon and Cornwall were among those packed while crowds swarmed to spots across the UK. The huge weekday crowds were bolstered by 11 million people with taxpayer-funded jobs furloughed in the coronavirus crisis. The Met Office reported highs of 80F (27C) at Gosport in Hampshire as the record-breaking sunshine continued.

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This was just shy of this year's current record of 83F in Santon Downham, Suffolk on May 20.

May was the sunniest month in the UK since records began with 266 hours of sunshine beating the previous record of 265 hours in June 1957. And the glorious weather has continued into June.

But forecasters are predicting that temperatures will drop for the rest of the week, with rain on the way.

The country is now facing a more typical start to the summer, which doesn't officially begin until June 20, just as the coronavirus lockdown is being eased and people can meet up in larger groups.

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