Millions of Britons head to coast despite no Bank Holiday heatwave

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Temperatures edged up to 70F (21C) with a mostly fine, though unspectacular, three days in store. The Met Office said those heading West would see the best of the sunshine with it getting very warm at times. But those in the North will see some drizzle amid sunny spells.

On the South Coast early birds staked their claims from Brighton to Bournemouth where siblings Max, three, and Mali Richards, five, made the most of the beach. Even the family dog was in holiday mode at Folkestone. 

However Cornwall and the Lake District have urged people without bookings to stay away amid a rise in Covid.

Temperatures will peak at around 72F and most places will see some warm sunshine at the weekend.

Surprise new figures from the Met Office suggest summer has been warmer than average, putting it in the top 10 hottest on record. 

It was thanks to relatively high temperatures in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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