Britain bakes on third hottest day on record as temperatures hit 37C

The UK had its third hottest day on record on Friday, as the Met Office recorded temperatures of 37.8C at Heathrow Airport.

Police and local councils scrambled to avoid overcrowding and breaches of social distancing at beaches along the southern coast as people made the most of the weather.

After a dull July, which had only two-thirds of average sunshine for the month, more than 100,000 people descended on Bournemouth beach, keen to make the most of the heat.

Dorset police said the area was “rammed” by 1pm and threatened to block off roads and put on extra patrols, in an attempt to avoid the crowds seen in the area last month.

Brighton and Hove City Council issued a statement at 2pm telling people to stay away from the city because it could no longer enforce distancing.

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