Enclosed sun worshipers who trekked over beauty spots during the weekend heat wave were accused of leaving behind mountains of garbage.
Volunteers were left on Dorset’s Durdle Door beach to clear piles of discarded face masks and leftovers from barbecues and picnics. Plastic bottles with human waste were also left behind.
“To witness the disdain with which Durdle Door, our beaches and coastal trails, has been treated is shocking,” said Lucy Culkin, CEO of Jurassic Coast Trust, adding that the charity had “received hundreds of messages highlighting the volume of waste “.
In the Lake District, rangers filled 130 bags of trash after the weekend, while in the Yorkshire Dales alone, two couples collected 53 bags of trash from Stainforth Force waterfall near Settle. Councilor Paul Sullivan said, “It is horrible … Too many people will not answer.”
It came after British flocked to the beaches when the relentless spring sun brought temperatures of up to 84F (29C).
I wish you weren’t here: Rubbish is high on Dorset’s Durdle Door beach after a weekend of partying by day trippers
Trash on the beach in Sandbanks. The hordes of day trippers visiting the exclusive resort at Poole Harbor have left huge piles of trash on the beaches and streets and have led to traffic jams in the enclave that has one road on and off
Beach barbecues in Sandbanks, Dorset over the weekend. Millionaire residents of Sandbanks have been told they are besieged by thousands of tourists who bring chaos and carnage to the chic Pinsunsula
Bournemouth and Southend were packed with day trippers eager to enjoy the heat, but the large numbers made social distance nearly impossible with people from different households now allowed to meet in groups of six.
May was the sunniest month in the UK since records began, but the country is now facing a bleak start to summer – just as the coronavirus lock is lit and people can have barbecues in their yard.
Daytime temperatures will drop to 43F (6C) this week, with some parts of the UK as cold as Greenland. However, wet weather will provide relief to water companies and parched gardens amid fears of hose bans.
The last day of warm sunshine was today, with West England and North Wales hottest, reaching a high of 84F (29C), breaking the current record of 82.7F (28.2C) of May 20, 2019.
Day trippers packed The Pebble Beach, River Wharfe, Ilkley West Yorkshire on Saturday. They came together in groups of more than the allowed six
Beach bums: Unwanted remembrance of revelers at Ilkley’s Pebble Beach, West Yorkshire. Visitors spent the weekend sunbathing and enjoying the cooling water
Maximum temperatures of 77F (25C) were widely expected in the rest of England and Wales today – the same as forecasted conditions in Ibiza – apart from coastal areas, where 68F (20C) to 70F (21C) were expected.
It was because a series of lockdown restrictions were eased yesterday, with six people from different households now allowed to meet outside as long as social distance is monitored. They can meet in private gardens or in parks or beaches.
Primary schools were reopened for reception, year one and year six, open air markets reopened along with auto showrooms, while horse racing became the first sport to be resumed but with no spectators.
People in the vulnerable ‘foreclosure’ group previously advised to stay indoors are now also allowed to go outside for a walk.
People pack Bournemouth beach this afternoon, while reminding the public to still practice social distance
People swim in the sea and head to Bournemouth beach in Dorset today while making the most of the warm weather
Julie (left) and Andreea (right) from Bournemouth cool off today with an ice cream at the beach on the Dorset coast
People on Bournemouth beach today while making the most of the warm weather before conditions change tomorrow
People gather today on the beach and coast on a warm day in Bournemouth, as the closure eases further and further
People gather today on the beach and on the coast on a hot day in Bournemouth while making the most of the warm weather
People swim in the sea and today head to Bournemouth beach in Dorset while the warm weather continues
The beach fills up today in Bournemouth in Dorset and the UK is enjoying another very hot day across the country
Sun worshipers had little social distance on the sand at Bournemouth’s Pier, which was decorated with a ‘# SaveLives’ sign to encourage people to ‘Stay alert’
Bournemouth council leader has written to MPs and police to urge them to lift restrictions that have allowed ‘horrible scenes’ of beaches to fill up over the weekend
A swimmer jumps into the sea at Bournemouth, Dorset, while the public is reminded of practicing social distance after easing coronavirus locking restrictions in England
Maximum temperatures of 77F (25C) were widely expected in the rest of England and Wales today – the same as forecasted conditions in Ibiza – except coastal areas, where 68F (20C) to 70F (21C) were expected
People gather today on the beach and coast in Bournemouth. The government has stated that six people can now meet in a park or private garden as closing is getting easier. There were restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus
An RNLI lifeguard patrols the waters along the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset while reminding the public of practicing social distance after the relaxation of England’s coronavirus locking restrictions
Then tomorrow, showers and thunderstorms can bring between 2.5cm and 2.5cm of rain to southwest and south Wales. Light rain is expected more to the north.
Thursday, which is mostly cloudy with a few showers, only 59F (15C) to 61F (16C) is likely in most parts of England and Wales.
Parts of Northern England could be even colder with a forecast of 43F (6C) in the center of Pennines. Greenland’s capital Nuuk will reach 52F (11C).
With Office predictor Nicola Maxey said better conditions are likely towards the weekend. Before Friday, she said, “There is a chance of dry weather with sunny spells, although it is likely airy with the chance of a shower.”
Groups of people, some believed to be taller than six, gathered on Crawfordsburn Beach in County Down
People are relaxing on the banks and paddling today in the River Wharfe in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, today as the warm weather continues and the lock in the UK eases
A man jumps from the suspension bridge into the water while others relax on the banks of the River Wharfe in Ilkley, West Yorkshire
A man jumps from the suspension bridge into the water while others relax on the banks of the River Wharfe in Ilkley, West Yorkshire today
Saturday will get a bit cooler while Sunday is expected to be “rather cold” and cloudy. Miss Maxey said the second half of June should get warmer again, especially in the south.
In March, April and May of this year, a record average of 626 hours of bright sun was counted, surpassing the previous record of 555 hours in 1948.
May was the sunniest calendar month ever, with 266 hours, in the records dating back to 1929. And last month, it was arguably the driest May since 1896, with only 9.6 mm (0.4 in) of rain.
The probability of a hose pipe ban in the UK this summer has already been assessed by bookmakers as an imbalance, with Northern Ireland warning of a possible ban.
People gather to soak up the sun in Potters Field, London, while reminding the public to practice social distance after the restrictions of the lock are eased
Groups of people relax in the sun on Gyllyngvase Beach on June 2, 2020 in Falmouth, Cornwall, as the government further relaxed Covid-19 quarantine measures in England this week
People are depicted on the beach in Falmouth, Cornwall, as the government has eased restrictions on incarceration in England
Groups of people relax in the sun on Gyllyngvase Beach on June 2, 2020 in Falmouth, Cornwall. The UK government further relaxed Covid-19 quarantine measures in England this week, allowing groups of six people from different households to meet in open spaces
People are depicted sunbathing in Falmouth, Cornwall amid an easing of restrictions across England with the government allowing people to meet in groups of six while socializing away
Umbrellas were used to shelter from the sun on Durdle Door beach in Dorset as people made the most of the warm weather today
Have you not seen the news? People are depicted in groups in Durdle Door, Dorset, again today as the government allows six people from different households to meet
People are gathering today on the beach and on the coast in Bournemouth when the government announced a restriction on closing measures
People are seen on the beach enjoying the warm weather in Formby, following the relaxation of England’s lockdown rules
A group of young children run through the water while enjoying the fine weather today in Southend-on-Sea in Essex
A boy paddles in the sea today on Saltdean beach near Brighton in East Sussex
People enjoying the good weather today at Southend-on-Sea beach in Essex
British will enjoy the sunshine this afternoon at Saltdean Beach near Brighton on the south coast
A woman is sunbathing today at Potters Field in London as the country’s coronavirus lock is further relaxed
People nowadays enjoy the sun on the beach at Brighton Pier on the Sussex coast
People and a dog in the water at Compton Lock on the River Itchen near Winchester in Hampshire today
Paddleboarders in Whitley Bay on the northeast coast today, while making the most of the warm conditions
The UK’s largest water company, United Utilities, which supplies North West England, has asked its customers to limit the use of hoses and sprinklers.
But Mick Ainsley of the GMB union said, “If there are problems with water availability for households after such heavy rains [over autumn and winter] then the water companies must recognize that the problem is part of the systems they are paid to keep in top condition. ‘
Sunniest May ever: How last month was a record breaker for the UK
May was exceptionally dry and sunny, and the month became the sunniest the UK has seen since records began, the Met Office said.
England has had the driest May ever and Wales the second driest in records dating back to 1862, with only 17% of the average rainfall for the month for both countries.
The UK has also experienced its sunniest spring in records going back to 1929, with 626 hours of bright sunshine – beating the previous high of 555 hours in 1948 by more than 70 hours.
And May 2020 was the sunniest calendar month ever with 266 hours of sunshine, surpassing the previous record of 265 hours in June 1957, according to the Met Office.
Overall, it was the fifth driest spring for the UK and the eighth warmest.
It’s a dramatic shift from winter with its record wet February, and the Met Office said it’s the biggest difference in rainfall between a particularly wet winter from December to February and a dry spring from March to May.
The dry, sunny weather and ongoing coronavirus shutdown are now putting pressure on water demand, prompting the industrial body Water UK to encourage gardeners not to use sprinklers in the evenings – although the wet winter means there is no future for snake prohibitions.
Dr. Mark McCarthy, the head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Center, said, “The most noteworthy aspect is how much some of the May and Spring records for these climate statistics have been exceeded.
‘Crossing the UK record for sunshine is one thing, but exceeding 70 hours is truly exceptional.
In fact, the solar figures for spring would be extremely unusual for summer, and just three summers would beat spring 2020 for sunshine hours.
“The main reason for the dry and sunny weather is the long period of high pressure centered on or near the UK.”
Under exceptional circumstances, water companies have seen a massive increase in household water demand, especially at night, with consumption of 20 percent, and in some areas peak demand is up to 40 percent higher than normal for the time of year.
In addition to reducing sprinkler usage, steps to reduce water usage include taking shorter showers, making sure the dishwasher is full and in an eco setting before going through, and reusing pool water on the flower beds, said Water UK.
But the industrial body stressed that people should continue to follow the guidelines for protecting their health during the pandemic by making sure they wash their hands regularly.
And after the wet winter, there are good water supplies in reservoirs and there are currently no plans for hose bans in the UK, Water UK said.
Water UK CEO Christine McGourty added: ‘These are exceptional times and the record breaking dry weather is a powerful reminder of what a precious, natural resource our water is.
A man searches for metal on the beach at Southend-on-Sea in Essex while reminding people to practice social distance
Hailie Macro 17, riding this morning through a field of poppies at Lakenheath in Suffolk on Fara the Belgian draft horse
A man is sunbathing today in St James’s Park in London as people continue to enjoy the warm weather in parks and beauty spots
The RNLI were pictured this morning along the Bournemouth coast in Dorset after resuming some lifeguards
People enjoy the weather this morning at the English Heritage site of Hadleigh Castle at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
Two people are standing on a bridge over the River Itchen this morning near Ovington in Hampshire
People are enjoying the warm weather in Whitburn in South Tyneside today before conditions change tomorrow
People at a coffee and ice cream booth in South East London’s Greenwich Park, as the UK enjoys warm weather
Mallard ducks swim on a pond on Wandsworth Common in South West London
A woman ever walks her dog next to low water levels near Corbridge in Northumberland yesterday after the driest May
With so many people at home and enjoying their gardens, water companies are seeing record demand for water, which can cause problems with water pressure. Working together we can all make a difference now, so let’s handle water wisely.
“We need to keep washing our hands, but make other minor changes to our water use, for example by cutting back on paddling pools and sprinklers, especially during peak evening hours.”
Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency, said that in prolonged dry weather, the message to customers was to use water wisely, but not to take hygiene measures to address Covid-19.
He told the Public Accounts Committee: “Right now, while this is putting a lot of pressure on water companies, the water companies are managing.
But they can only continue to make it if everyone is responsible for the use of water in the coming months. ‘
But at the committee’s hearing on water supply and demand, he also acknowledged telling people to save water when utilities leak so much was a problem.
“It undermines the message ‘use water wisely’ so it needs to be addressed,” he told MPs.