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Thousands hit the beach on UK’s hottest day of the year so far

People were urged to stay alert and respect social distancing as thousands flocked to parks and beaches on the UK's hottest day of the year so far.

Temperatures peaked at 27.8C (82F) on Wednesday afternoon, beating the previous day's high.

Sunbathers and picnickers were spotted taking full advantage of the easing of lockdown restrictions, which since last week have allowed people in England to sunbathe and spend an unlimited amount of time outdoors

Image: Two women taking part in socially-distant sunbathing in east London

However, police were still encouraging those who were out enjoying the sunshine to stay alert – and maintain social distancing with people from outside their household.

The Metropolitan Police tweeted earlier in the day, saying: "It is important that we all continue to #StayAlert."

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The force said people "can relax, have a picnic, exercise or play sport", so long as they are on their own, with people they lived with, or with just one other person from another household.

Have you been enjoying the hottest day of the year so far? ?

It is important that we all continue to #StayAlert

You can relax, have a picnic, exercise or play sport, as long as you are:

➡ On your own
➡ With people you live with
➡ Just you and one other person pic.twitter.com/LAVe6DScQ5

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) May 20, 2020

London was where the hottest temperature of the day was recorded, at Heathrow Airport, topping St James's Park's balmy high of 26.2C (79F) on Tuesday.

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The previous record for 2020 was 26C (78.8F), which was set last month.

A woman looks out at the view of the London skyline as people enjoy the hot weather in Greenwich Park, London, flocking to parks and beaches with lockdown measures eased.
Image: Temperatures reached 27C on Wednesday

Outside the capital, people in Bournemouth appeared to be making the most of the sun.

Thousands of people laid on the town's beaches, soaking up the rays and defying criticism from some on social media who have been urging beach-goers to stay at home.

Dorset Police have been contacted for comment.

People enjoy the hot weather at Bournemouth beach in Dorset, as people flock to parks and beaches with lockdown measures eased.
Image: Social media users have criticised the large groups of people in Bournemouth
Sunbathers social distancing as they queue for ice cream as they enjoy the hot weather at Weston-super-Mare, as people flock to parks and beaches with lockdown measures eased.
Image: Sunbathers queuing up for an ice cream on the hottest day of the year

Police in Devon were fining those who had lined the streets and parked on double yellow lines following an influx of visitors to the area, with people in England now allowed to drive away from their local area to enjoy the outdoors.

An officer from North Devon Roads Policing Unit said: "Sadly every double yellow line from Woolacombe to Morthoe is covered with cars and vans.

"Cars mounting pavements to get by whilst pedestrians try to cross the road.

"All the offences have been recorded and will be processed in due course."

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