Britons snub new Covid curb on groups gatherings to enjoy 86F sun

Britons snub new ‘Rule of Six’ Covid curb on groups gatherings to enjoy 86F sun as Indian Summer grips UK – with unseasonal highs to last into next week

  • People all over the country have flouted the new ‘rule of six’ restriction, which was introduced on Monday  
  • They flocked to beaches and parks in large groups as they made the most of the soaring temperatures 
  • The incredibly warm conditions are being caused by Spain and Portugal warm air from areas of high pressure
  • Yesterday was the hottest September day in four years and the hot weather is set to continue until next week 

Britons have snubbed the new Covid curb on groups gatherings to enjoy the 86F sun as an Indian Summer grips the UK with unseasonal highs to last into next week.

People all over the country have flouted the new ‘rule of six’ restriction, which was introduced on Monday, as they flocked to beaches and parks to make the most of the soaring temperatures.  

Met Office spokeswoman Bonnie Diamond said that the heatwave is being caused by warm air being drawn north from Spain and Portugal by an area of high pressure.

She said: ‘The warm weather is being drawn north from the Iberian peninsula.’    

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna added: ‘There’s been wall-to-wall sunshine.’

Britons have snubbed the new Covid curb on groups gatherings to enjoy the 86F sun as an Indian Summer grips the UK with unseasonal highs to last into next week. Pictured: Groups of friends enjoying the hot weather at Brighton beach

Large groups pictured on the Brighton coastline despite the government introducing the new ‘rule of six’ on Monday to deter mass groupings

Dozens were out enjoying the autumn sunshine together at The Scoop, More London, next to City Hall, despite the ‘rule of six’ restrictions coming into force

People enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach today as temperatures soared with the UK enjoying an Indian summer

Temperatures should be highest in the southern parts of the UK, though most of the country will see spells of warm weather

People flock to Brighton to make the most of the predicted last day of the currant heatwave Seasonal Weather

Laura Westgott, 25, cools down in the sea. Beach goers enjoy the warm temperatures at the exclusive Mudeford Sandbank beach in Dorset

Yesterday was the hottest September day in four years at 86F, with Britons all over the country flocking to beaches and parks to make the most of the unseasonal weather

People flock to Brighton to make the most of the predicted last day of the currant heatwave Seasonal Weather, East Sussex, Brighton

Beach goers enjoy the warm temperatures at the exclusive Mudeford Sandbank beach in Dorset

Groups of friends enjoying the hot weather on Brighton beach, East Sussex, earlier today

Yesterday was the hottest September day since 2016 when temperatures peaked at 85F, with the mercury expected to be higher today.

Should temperatures reach 88F today, it will be the hottest September 15 on record – the previous record was 30.6C, set in 2016. 

Temperatures should be highest in the southern parts of the UK, though most of the country will see spells of warm weather.

The seasonal average daytime temperature for England and Wales in September is 64F. 

Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders said: ‘On Monday and Tuesday temperatures in Northern Ireland and Scotland will be in the high teens to low 20s but with cloudier skies at times, and the odd shower. Meanwhile England and Wales will be sunnier, especially today with temperatures widely above 25C.

‘It’ll turn hot in southern and eastern areas with temperatures reaching around 30C in a few spots, possibly 31C on Tuesday.’ 

Sun-lovers enjoying the warm weather on a beach in Brighton this morning, as Britain enjoys an Indian summer up to next week

expected to hit 88F. Yesterday was the hottest September day in four years at 86F, with today expected to top it at 88F

Met Office spokeswoman Bonnie Diamond said that the heatwave is being caused by warm air being drawn north from Spain and Portugal by an area of high pressure

The sunrise in Dunsden, Oxford this morning, on what is expected to be the hottest September 15 day since 2016

Battersea Park in London was bathed in sunlight this morning, with forecasters saying the mercury could reach as high as 88F today

Forecaster John Griffiths added: ‘Tuesday we’re still looking at highs of 30 somewhere in the south east maybe even a spot of 31, but it will already be cooling off in some south western areas. Across Scotland it will actually be a warmer day for many on Tuesday. 

‘There’s going to be the potential for a few showers around in some western areas and one of two of them could be heavy and the odd rumble of thunder but they’re going to be very isolated where they do occur. ‘

The temperatures will still be some way off the highest September temperature ever recorded, which was 96F on September 2, 1906. 

Dogwalkers and joggers out for an early morning stroll or run in Battersea Park in London this morning, ahead of a scorching day

Beachgoers and September staycationers soak up the sun on the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset

Sunbathers enjoy the start of a week of sunshine forecast for most of England, with crowds gathering on Brighton beach today 

The hot weather comes as rules on socialising are tightened across England in a bid to halt the growing numbers of coronavirus cases. 

From yesterday, it is illegal to meet in groups of more than six people with the threat of fines for anyone found flouting the law.

The new rules apply both inside and outside, meaning that large groups in parks are technically banned from meeting together in the heat.

The September heat follows on from an August heatwave which saw temperatures top out at 93F for six days running last month.  

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