Beachgoers flock to the Dorset coast in Bournemouth this morning on what will be the warmest day of the year so far
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Sunseekers flocked to beaches and parks from 6am today as Britain records its hottest day of the year for the third day in a row with temperatures soaring to 34C (93F) – and it could even be the warmest June day on record.

The hottest weather will be around London, after the warmest day of 2022 so far yesterday with 29.5C (85F) at Northolt in the capital, which itself beat the previous high of 28.2C (82.7F) set at Kew Gardens on Wednesday.

Temperatures in the South East hit 23C (73F) at London City Airport at 7am this morning, then 26C (79F) at 9am and 27C (81F) at 10am. The Met Office said the UK is ‘still on course to see a 34C somewhere this afternoon’. 

The mercury is set to climb throughout today as a heatwave coming up from Spain and Portugal has the biggest impact in the South East, while the rest of England and Wales can expect between 27C (81F) and 30C (86F).

Lidos across London were packed early this morning as swimmers enjoyed a pre-work dip in the hot weather, while large groups of sunbathers were seen sitting on Bournemouth beach in Dorset as early as 8.30am.

People in the capital were pictured eating ice creams as early as 10am; police patrolled beaches in South Wales in plain clothes in a bid to spot ‘concerning or predatory behaviour’; racegoers drank water as they waited to enter Royal Ascot; and a bus burst into flames at Streatham Hill in South London although the cause is not yet known.

Parts of the UK will be hotter than Jamaica and the Maldives today – but people in Northern Ireland, North West England and Scotland were warned to brace for cooler weather and rain. In fact, heavy rain and strong winds were so fierce north of the border that Network Rail imposed a speed restriction on the West Highland Line today.

But further south there is an outside chance today could be the UK’s hottest June day on record, with the current all-time high for the month at 35.6C (96.1F) – set in London on June 29, 1957, and Southampton on June 28, 1976.

There are also hopes of a glorious Saturday for many parts of the UK – with temperatures set to hit 26C (79F) in the South East tomorrow, before dropping significantly to a much cooler high of 21C (70F) by Sunday.

It comes as Royal Ascot relaxed its dress code for the hot weather, allowing men to remove their ties and all spectators to bring in water and soft drinks – with both moves happening for the first time in the event’s history.

Beachgoers flock to the Dorset coast in Bournemouth this morning on what will be the warmest day of the year so far

Beachgoers flock to the Dorset coast in Bournemouth this morning on what will be the warmest day of the year so far

A woman enjoys sunbathing on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning on what will be the hottest day of the year

A woman enjoys sunbathing on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning on what will be the hottest day of the year

Beachgoers flock to the Dorset coast in Bournemouth this morning on what will be the warmest day of the year so far

Beachgoers flock to the Dorset coast in Bournemouth this morning on what will be the warmest day of the year so far

Anna from the Serpentine Swimming Club enjoys the start of the hottest day of the year so far in the water at Hyde Park

Anna from the Serpentine Swimming Club enjoys the start of the hottest day of the year so far in the water at Hyde Park

Racegoers with fans amid the hot weather pose for a photograph ahead of Royal Ascot in Berkshire this morning

Racegoers with fans amid the hot weather pose for a photograph ahead of Royal Ascot in Berkshire this morning

Beachgoers flock to the Dorset coast in Bournemouth this morning on what will be the warmest day of the year so far

Beachgoers flock to the Dorset coast in Bournemouth this morning on what will be the warmest day of the year so far

Bournemouth beach today

Bournemouth beach today

Sunseekers enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning on a very hot day for southern England

Huge queues of cars wait to park at Boscombe beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, this morning on a sweltering day

Huge queues of cars wait to park at Boscombe beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, this morning on a sweltering day

People sit on the sand on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning on what will be the hottest day of the year

People sit on the sand on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning on what will be the hottest day of the year

Zoe Nastos, 19, keeps cool with an ice cream next to the River Thames at Richmond in South West London this morning

Zoe Nastos, 19, keeps cool with an ice cream next to the River Thames at Richmond in South West London this morning

People take to the water today for an early morning cool down at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London

People take to the water today for an early morning cool down at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London

A racegoer has sun cream applied to her neck during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire this morning

A racegoer has sun cream applied to her neck during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire this morning

Felicity and Izzy from the Serpentine Swimming Club enjoy the start of the hottest day of the year in the water at Hyde Park

Felicity and Izzy from the Serpentine Swimming Club enjoy the start of the hottest day of the year in the water at Hyde Park

Sunseekers gather on Bournemouth beach this morning on what will be the hottest day of the year so far

Sunseekers gather on Bournemouth beach this morning on what will be the hottest day of the year so far

People arrive for the fourth day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire this morning

People arrive for the fourth day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire this morning

People go for a swim at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London, this morning ahead of a a swelteringly hot day

People go for a swim at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London, this morning ahead of a a swelteringly hot day

Robin Johnson and Gail Meaker take their horses into the sea at Highcliffe Beach near Christchurch in Dorset this morning

Robin Johnson and Gail Meaker take their horses into the sea at Highcliffe Beach near Christchurch in Dorset this morning

The dress code was relaxed for the first time in 2017 when men were allowed to take off their jackets, while on another occasion racegoers were advised to wear boots on waterlogged ground, reported the Daily Telegraph.

Britons have already been enjoying the warmth this week as plenty spent time outdoors yesterday, although those intending to bask in the balmy temperatures again today have been warned about the ‘serious’ health risks.

Increased risk of fires due to the heatwave, says LFB 

Firefighters at the London Fire Brigade (LFB) are warning of an increased risk of fires due to the heatwave.

The LFB said it has already attended more than 1,430 grass and open land fires across the city this year. This includes grassland, canal and riverbank vegetation, scrubland, parks, playgrounds, crops and woodland. 

Around 350 of these were in domestic gardens and the LFB said that with prolonged periods of hot weather, there is a concern these numbers will rise. In the last five years, they have attended almost 600 fires involving barbecues, 45 of which were on private balconies.

The LFB’s assistant commissioner for fire safety, Charlie Pugsley, said: ‘We want people to enjoy the glorious weather and do so safely. Barbecuing on dry grass is reckless and can easily cause a really serious fire – damaging the immediate area and risking nearby properties.

‘We’re also urging people to think twice about having barbecues on balconies. It’s easier than you might think for a balcony fire to spread to others, which could not only leave you homeless but displace hundreds of your neighbours too.

‘We’re not trying to take the fun out of the heatwave, but for the sake of our city – and of our firefighters who have to work in sweltering temperatures to tackle these blazes – we’d really like people to take our advice on board. We’re asking the public to remain vigilant and call 999 as soon as they see any signs of smouldering grass.’

Firefighters are also warning residents not to risk their safety for a cooling swim. In the last five years, crews have attended almost 300 reports of a person in water or at immediate risk of entering water. The LFB said there were nine accidental drownings in London last year, making it the joint third highest in the UK.

Dr Vikki Thompson, climate scientist at the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute for the Environment, said: ‘Heatwaves are one of the most deadly natural hazards. In the UK, 3,000 deaths were linked to heatwaves in 2021.

‘The health issues related to heat include direct effects, such as heat stroke and cardiovascular failure, and indirect effects including poorer mental health and an increase in accidents such as car crashes and drownings.’

Healthcare staff have been told to plan for how the hot weather will affect patients, after a Level Three heat-health alert was issued by the Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) for most of South East.

A Level Two heat-health alert remains in force for southern and central England, while northern England is still under Level One.

Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at the UKHSA, told BBC Breakfast today that the Level Three alert is to help protect the NHS.

Dr Sousa added: ‘The Level 3 alert is operational and called ‘heatwave action’. It is to inform our partners that they should prepare their services for possible increases in demand due to increases in temperatures.

‘We also have a Level 2 that is currently active in the South West and East of England that is to inform our partners that they should prepare their services in case they need to enter into action in case we see an increase in temperatures. 

‘Right now the situation is stable, and we expect the temperatures to drop tomorrow.’

The hot weather has been prompted in part by a natural build up of heat in the UK, thanks to clear skies and dry ground conditions. Warmer air from Europe has also been a major factor, leading to a ‘crescendo’ today.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: ‘We have got warmer air being brought up from further south in Europe where there has been a major heat incident, particularly in Iberia, so that’s leading to the sort of crescendo we will see on Friday.

‘We have got the heat building day by day. We think at the moment, although there is some uncertainty, that the weather temperatures will peak on Friday and then largely we will be in for a cooler day on Saturday.

And Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, said: ‘Climate change has increased the average temperature of UK summers, and it is also increasing the likelihood of experiencing more extreme temperatures.

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset at 8.30am today ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset at 8.30am today ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year 

Bournemouth beach

Bournemouth beach

A woman enjoys sunbathing on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning on what will be the hottest day of the year

People relax in the hot weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset in the morning sunshine today

People relax in the hot weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset in the morning sunshine today

Swimmers cool off in The Serpentine at Hyde Park in London this morning before temperatures increase later on

Swimmers cool off in The Serpentine at Hyde Park in London this morning before temperatures increase later on

People go for a swim at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London, this morning ahead of a a swelteringly hot day

People go for a swim at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London, this morning ahead of a a swelteringly hot day

Anna from the Serpentine Swimming Club enjoys the start of the hottest day of the year so far in the water at Hyde Park

Anna from the Serpentine Swimming Club enjoys the start of the hottest day of the year so far in the water at Hyde Park 

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year 

People arrive for the fourth day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire this morning

People arrive for the fourth day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire this morning

Beachgoers flock to the Dorset coast in Bournemouth this morning on what will be the warmest day of the year so far

Beachgoers flock to the Dorset coast in Bournemouth this morning on what will be the warmest day of the year so far

Racegoers arrive and enter through turnstiles during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse this morning

Racegoers arrive and enter through turnstiles during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse this morning

Beachgoers flock to the Dorset coast in Bournemouth this morning on what will be the warmest day of the year so far

Beachgoers flock to the Dorset coast in Bournemouth this morning on what will be the warmest day of the year so far

Racegoers enjoy drinks and a picnic in the car park ahead of day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse this morning

Racegoers enjoy drinks and a picnic in the car park ahead of day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse this morning

Beachgoers flock to the Dorset coast in Bournemouth this morning on what will be the warmest day of the year so far

Beachgoers flock to the Dorset coast in Bournemouth this morning on what will be the warmest day of the year so far

Racegoers enjoy drinks and a picnic in the car park ahead of day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse this morning

Racegoers enjoy drinks and a picnic in the car park ahead of day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse this morning

Beachgoers flock to the Dorset coast in Bournemouth this morning on what will be the warmest day of the year so far

Beachgoers flock to the Dorset coast in Bournemouth this morning on what will be the warmest day of the year so far

A racegoer called Alex is pictured ahead of day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse this morning

A racegoer called Alex is pictured ahead of day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse this morning

A racegoer looks through a form guide in the car park ahead of day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse this morning

A racegoer looks through a form guide in the car park ahead of day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse this morning

‘Reaching 34C during June is a rare, but not unprecedented, event in the historical climate records for the UK. 

Charities warn pet owners about dangers of hot weather for animals 

Charities have warned pet owners about the dangers of hot weather affecting animals. 

The RSPCA is urging dog owners to be aware of the dangers of walking their pets – especially ones with thick coats and underlying health conditions – during the warmer seasons.

The Blue Cross meanwhile urged cat owners to be careful when leaving windows open after a kitten fell from three storeys and fractured her leg.

Esme Wheeler, RSPCA dog welfare specialist, said: ‘The truth is walking dogs in hot weather can be a silent killer. While the majority would never leave our dogs in a car on a hot day, or even take our dogs for a really long walk in the heat, many people may still be putting their dogs at risk even on a short walk, or taking them to places such as fields and beaches with little or no shade.

‘We have long-campaigned that dogs die in hot cars, but this year we’re highlighting that dogs die on hot walks, too. The message remains very simple – never leave a dog in a hot car because ‘not long’ is too long, and when it comes to walks, ‘if in doubt, don’t go out.”

The Blue Cross said Dory, a 16-week old kitten, was found by her owner after she fell from a window in Pimlico, central London, during a spate of hot weather on May 18. The kitten was so badly injured she had to have her leg amputated. Dory’s owner placed her in the care of the charity following the incident and the Blue Cross is now hoping to rehome her.

Some advice by the charity to cool pets down includes keeping cats indoors during the hottest points in the day, with windows open that have wire mesh or netting to prevent any injuries, and instead letting them out during the cooler parts of the day. Other tips include giving cooling pads and ice treats to dogs.

‘But if it should happen this week it would be notable that it would have occurred on three days during the last six Junes’.

Aidan McGivern, Met Office meteorologist, said the heat will be ‘peaking significantly’ today, when the country will ‘see widely 30C or more, with a maximum, somewhere around London, or to the north of London, 34C’.

He added: ‘Much cooler for Scotland, for Northern Ireland, and for the far North of England as well, and temperatures could be lower than Thursday because of the cold front moving in from the North West.

‘It’s likely to bring a substantial spell of rain [today] for western Scotland in particular, some heavy and persistent rain here, outbreaks of rain also for Northern Ireland and the rest of Scotland, and pushing into northern England.

‘(It will be) fizzling out for a time before an area of low pressure moves up from the South at the start of the weekend and engages with this significant temperature contrast between the hot South and the cooler North West.

‘And those ingredients could result in some significant thunderstorms in places close to this weather front, and certainly some significant outbreaks of rain.

‘At the moment it looks in central parts of the UK where we’ll see some heavy rain on Saturday and a significant drop in temperatures. The temperatures do decline through the weekend – a cooling trend, and also we’ll see some substantial wet weather.

‘This low [weather front] will start to increasingly affect the UK from the South West and its West and south-western shores, where we’re most likely to see the heaviest and more persistent rain during Sunday. 

‘But it could extend as far as Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England.’

Yesterday, highs of 26.1C (79F) were recorded in Cardiff, 21.4C (70.5F) was recorded in Edinburgh and 20.6C (69.1F) was recorded in Derrylin in Northern Ireland.

Other experts – some of whom attribute the heat to climate change – have warned people of the dangers surrounding the hot weather. 

Professor Hannah Cloke, of the University of Reading, said: ‘Despite the official warnings, some people still underestimate the effects of heat and don’t change their plans to take it into account.

‘We need to consider how people react to the current warnings, and continue to improve them. A warning system that people ignore is next to useless.

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year 

People go for a swim at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London, this morning ahead of a a swelteringly hot day

People go for a swim at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London, this morning ahead of a a swelteringly hot day

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year 

People go for a swim at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London, this morning ahead of a a swelteringly hot day

People go for a swim at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London, this morning ahead of a a swelteringly hot day

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year 

People go for a swim at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London, this morning ahead of a a swelteringly hot day

People go for a swim at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London, this morning ahead of a a swelteringly hot day

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year 

‘Thousands of people already die due to excess heat in the UK, and climate change will only make heatwaves more frequent and more extreme in the future. Let’s not wait for people to die before we take heatwaves seriously.’

Undercover police in shorts and swimwear at beaches to spot any ‘predatory behaviour’

Undercover police in shorts and swimwear are heading to beaches in South Wales to patrol the coastline in a bid to spot ‘concerning or predatory behaviour.’

Officers in plain clothes will work alongside colleagues in uniform in the Swansea area who can then intervene to take action if necessary as people flock to sunspots.

Detective Inspector Carl Morris, of South Wales Police, said the likelihood of an incident is ‘incredibly low’, but added: ‘This initiative is focusing on events running in Swansea as well as beach and park locations.

‘It’s been arranged in order to ensure that anyone visiting these areas in Swansea during the summer months can have an enjoyable time, without the fear of being subjected to unwanted behaviour.

‘By using specialist officers we are able to identify any concerning behaviour first hand and intervene quickly.

‘I would like to provide reassurance that the likelihood of becoming a victim of any type of unwanted behaviour, whether that be of a sexual or physical nature, is incredibly low, but that does not limit the harm done on those occasions when such crimes do take place.

‘We are taking these steps in order to provide greater reassurance to the public and to prevent incidents developing and occurring. South Wales Police is committed to making Swansea safer and this is just one way in which we are working to tackle any concerning or predatory behaviour.’

Meanwhile BBC football pundit Gary Lineker tweeted last night: ‘Right, I’m done with the wearisome, misinformed climate change deniers. Blocking as many as possible.’

Tonight is expected to be a mostly dry evening with late spells of summer sunshine, although there is a chance of a few showers across northern England and Wales. 

Overnight will then be mainly dry but large areas of cloud cover will build and there is a chance of a few showers, mostly across southern England by dawn.

Tomorrow will then be a cooler day with more in the way of cloud cover and there will be scattered showers across southern and central England which may be locally heavy. 

Cloud will break across Scotland and some spells of sunshine will develop later along with some scattered showers across western Scotland.

Sunday will then be a mostly dry day with some bright spells, although there will be large areas of cloud and a threat of showers across southern England. 

It will then be mostly dry and bright on Monday with spells of sunshine and variable amounts of cloud cover, while there will be showers across North West Scotland which may be heavy.

It comes as a new study commissioned by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) revealed that 35million Britons plan to visit the UK seaside this summer, between now and September.

Showing the soaring popularity of ‘staycations’ amid chaos at airports in recent weeks which has seen flights and holidays cancelled, 85 per cent of UK adults aged 16 to 64 said they expect to visit the coat or beach this summer – up from 75 per cent last year.

And it may not just be a day trip – because 42 per cent of Britons expect to flock to Britain’s coastline three times or more over the next three months.

The RNLI, supported by HM Coastguard, are so concerned with the potential seaside numbers they have reminded visitors of their ‘Float to Live’ message – explaining what to do if we get into trouble in the water.

They urge anyone in difficulty in the water should lean back, using their arms and legs to stay afloat. They should control their breathing, then call for help or swim to safety.

Gabbi Batchelor, water safety education manager at the RNLI, said: ‘With summer arriving and a heatwave forecast, we want to remind everyone to stay safe at the coast. It is important that anyone visiting the coast understands the risks of the environment. 

Staff member David Jimenez erects an umbrella as people go for a swim today at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London

Staff member David Jimenez erects an umbrella as people go for a swim today at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year 

Swimmers make the most of a beautiful morning today at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London

Swimmers make the most of a beautiful morning today at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London 

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year 

Staff member David Jimenez erects an umbrella as people go for a swim today at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London

Staff member David Jimenez erects an umbrella as people go for a swim today at London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London

People go into the sea off Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning on what is going to be the hottest day of the year

People go into the sea off Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning on what is going to be the hottest day of the year

People relax in the hot weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset in the morning sunshine today

People relax in the hot weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset in the morning sunshine today

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year 

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year

People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this morning ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year

‘It can be very unpredictable, particularly during early summer when the risk of cold water shock significantly increases, as air temperatures warm but water temperatures remain dangerously cold.

BBC football pundit Gary Lineker tweeted: 'Right, I'm done with the wearisome, misinformed climate change deniers'

BBC football pundit Gary Lineker tweeted: ‘Right, I’m done with the wearisome, misinformed climate change deniers’

‘If you get into trouble in the water, Float to Live: lean back, using your arms and legs to stay afloat. Control your breathing, then call for help or swim to safety. In a coastal emergency, call 999 or 112 for the Coastguard.’

Also today, a snowflake council was branded ‘woke’ for asking residents to put wheelie bins out earlier in the morning so refuse collectors don’t have to work in the heat.

Blaby District Council issued the advice to locals earlier this week. The Leicestershire authority requested people put out their rubbish by 6.30am today so binmen could complete their rounds before temperatures peaked.

But many responded with criticism to the move and branded town hall bosses a ‘woke joke’ with one urging: ‘Get on with your jobs.’

Another pointed out the majority of Brits would be working in the same conditions while one resident fumed: ‘Stop this pampering. They are fully grown men!’

The council had said on Wednesday that it wanted to reduce the time its bin collectors would be out in the ‘extreme heat’. It wrote: ‘It’s set to be 32C on Friday, June 17, so we’re sending out our crews at 6.30am to reduce their work in the extreme heat. 

‘Please have your bins out and ready for collection by 6.30am. Thank you as always.’

One web user commented online: ’32 degrees is not an heatwave. Stop this pampering the are fully grown men.’

Another added: ‘I’ve never heard anything so ridiculous in my entire life. This country cannot cope with heat or snow. Bet they all go abroad for holidays. I’ll still be out there working to pay my bills. 12 hours.’

One person said: ‘Good job the police on the beat, traffic wardens, builders are able to cope.’

Another wrote: ‘What a joke council, get on with your jobs, woke council man up!’

A fifth put: ‘They don’t even have to carry the old metal dustbins from back gardens etc anymore. They don’t even have to wheel the wheelie bins far as the drivers block streets so they get as close to the bins as possible.’

Others were more sympathetic to the binmen with one writing: ‘Is it really much of an inconvenience to put your bin out a little bit earlier?’

Another said: ‘I put mine out the night before anyway, so not sure what the fuss is about.’

Up the creek without a paddle! Two kayaking couples park their cars on a slipway… then the tide comes in 

Two kayaking couples were left red-faced after parking their cars on a slipway – only to find the tide had come in while they were on the water.

The group ignored the nearby public car park and the slipway’s ‘no parking’ sign to get as close as possible to the water’s edge in Exmouth, Devon.

However, the two couples, believed to be in their 40s, misjudged the incoming tide which left the two vehicles semi-submerged in sea water. They frantically paddled back in their canoes when they realised what was happening.

The driver of the silver Toyota Corolla estate was not so lucky opened the door to let out a torrent of seawater inside in Exmouth, Devon

The driver of the silver Toyota Corolla estate was not so lucky opened the door to let out a torrent of seawater inside in Exmouth, Devon

The ‘flustered’ owners of the blue Peugeot 3008 got back first and, after frantically scooping the water out, were able to drive it onto dry land. But the driver of the silver Toyota Corolla estate was not so lucky.

They opened the door to let out a torrent of seawater inside – and the flooded motor had to be towed out because the engine wouldn’t turn over.

Witness Heather Smith, 43, a retail worker, said: ‘I was going for an evening paddle on the estuary with my partner and there was quite a group forming on the bank.

The flooded car had to be towed out of the water in Exmouth, Devon, because the engine wouldn't turn over

The flooded car had to be towed out of the water in Exmouth, Devon, because the engine wouldn’t turn over

‘As we took our paddle boards down the slipway we could see the two cars, which had been parked at the bottom of the slipway on the beach. They were both partially submerged, the silver one the lowest in the water with all its lights flashing.

‘A couple of minutes later a couple in a two-person kayak arrived looking quite flustered. They quickly got into the blue car. After a couple of attempts they managed to get the car up onto the slipway. Soon afterwards another couple arrived, also in a kayak.

‘At this point we had paddled off a little way, we heard the noise of a revving engine and turned to see the car struggle onto the slipway amid a lot of noise, churning water and an interesting burning smell.

The owners of the Peugeot car got back first and, after frantically scooping the water out, were able to drive it onto dry land in Exmouth

The owners of the Peugeot car got back first and, after frantically scooping the water out, were able to drive it onto dry land in Exmouth

‘I believe the silver car was towed further up by one of the other people watching. Both couples took the whole thing with good grace, despite the whole thing they were in good spirits.

‘The owners of the silver car had to call a friend out to come and tow them home. Unfortunately, people don’t want to pay the high prices for parking, so some risk parking on the beach.

‘It’s easy to be surprised by the speed of the tide coming in around there, so if you’re out for the day on your kayak you can definitely get caught out.’ 

Pop-up beach bar shuts after ‘killjoy’ council’s strict rules that only allowed customers TWO alcoholic drinks 

A pop-up beach bar has been forced to close, blaming a ‘killjoy’ council’s strict rules that included customers only being allowed two alcoholic drinks.

The Hawaiian-themed Beach Hut Bar and Grill was granted a temporary licence to open and operate during the busy summer season in Bournemouth, Dorset.

But the operators had to adhere to a raft of strict terms and conditions laid down by ‘nannying’ officials.

These included punters only being allowed to have drinks if they ordered food, a ban on hen and stag parties, no loud music or DJs and spot checks by council officers.

The Hawaiian-themed Beach Hut Bar and Grill was granted a temporary licence to open and operate in Bournemouth, Dorset

The Hawaiian-themed Beach Hut Bar and Grill was granted a temporary licence to open and operate in Bournemouth, Dorset 

The operators of The Beach Hut Bar and Grill in Bournemouth had to adhere to a raft of strict terms from 'nannying' officials

The operators of The Beach Hut Bar and Grill in Bournemouth had to adhere to a raft of strict terms from ‘nannying’ officials

This led to the venue turning away 70 per cent of customers who just wanted a cold beer or a cocktail while taking in the stunning beach setting.

It also triggered poor TripAdvisor reviews from customers including one who described it as a ‘bar where you can’t get a drink’. The operators decided to cut their losses and dismantled the pop-up bar and restaurant.

In a statement posted on social media, they said: ‘After weeks of trying to compromise we had no choice but to close. The rules and regulations imposed resulted in a very tough decision.

‘Not being able to accept group bookings, turning away 70 per cent of walkups who just wanted a drink and being constantly inspected made our time a real challenge both financially and emotianally as a team. We’re just so disappointed. As a small business we would rather pay the balance and cut our losses than stay and lose money.’

The Hawaiian-themed Beach Hut Bar and Grill is dismantled this week after the operators decided they would have to close

The Hawaiian-themed Beach Hut Bar and Grill is dismantled this week after the operators decided they would have to close

The venue ended up turning away 70 per cent of customers who just wanted a cold beer or a cocktail on the beach

The venue ended up turning away 70 per cent of customers who just wanted a cold beer or a cocktail on the beach

Some locals hit out at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council on social media.

Scott Charlton said: ‘The nanny state epitomised, it is almost like they make things so tricky intentionally. Either they don’t want us having fun, or they don’t want small businesses and entrepreneurs to do well.’

Derek McColl said: ‘I see that one of the restrictions was in order to stop excessive drinking, which they appear to have considered would be more than 2 drinks. Who did they think the customers would be, 12 year olds?’

Councillor Beverley Dunlop, portfolio holder for tourism at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, said: ‘As part of our efforts to make the award-winning seafront even more vibrant, we have engaged through an open tender with several operators to run a series of new attractions on the beach.

The bar had poor TripAdvisor reviews from customers including one who described it as a 'bar where you can't get a drink'

The bar had poor TripAdvisor reviews from customers including one who described it as a ‘bar where you can’t get a drink’

Some locals hit out at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council on social media following the demolition of the bar

Some locals hit out at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council on social media following the demolition of the bar

‘Local people expressed a preference for beach restaurants, rather than beach bars, nd we have been very careful to ensure that these new venues have food as their main offer.

‘It is unfortunate the operators of the Beach Hut Bar & Grill have made the decision to cease trading. We were working with the operator to encourage them to remain on site, however we wish them all the best in wherever they should choose to do business in the future.

‘We believe this location provides a great opportunity to create a beach restaurant with a fresh new food offering, and it will continue to play an important part in the exciting offerings available across our world-class seafront.’

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