Lockdown-flouting sunseekers who thronged beauty spots during the weekend heatwave were accused of leaving mountains of rubbish behind.
At Dorset’s Durdle Door beach, volunteers were left clearing up piles of discarded face masks and remnants of barbecues and picnics. Plastic bottles of human waste were also left behind.
‘To witness the disregard with which Durdle Door, our beaches and coast paths, have been treated is shocking,’ said Jurassic Coast Trust chief executive Lucy Culkin, adding that the charity had received ‘hundreds of messages highlighting the volume of litter’.
In the Lake District, rangers filled 130 bags with rubbish after the weekend while in the Yorkshire Dales, two couples alone picked up 53 bags of litter from Stainforth Force waterfall near Settle. Local councillor Paul Sullivan said: ‘It is horrendous… Too many people won’t pick up.’
It comes after Britons flocked to beaches as the relentless spring sunshine brought temperatures as high as 84F (29C).
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Wish you weren’t here: Rubbish is piled high on Dorset’s Durdle Door beach after a weekend of partying by day trippers
Litter at the beach in Sandbanks. The hordes of daytrippers visiting the exclusive resort in Poole Harbour have left huge piles of rubbish on the beaches and streets and have caused traffic gridlock on the enclave that has one road on and off of it
Beach BBQs at Sandbanks, Dorset over the weekend. Millionaire residents of Sandbanks have told of being under siege by thousands of tourists who are bringing mayhem and carnage to the posh pinsunsula
Bournemouth and Southend were packed with day-trippers keen to enjoy the heat – but the large numbers made social distancing almost impossible with people from different households now allowed to meet up in groups of six.
May was the sunniest month in the UK since records began, 오션파라다이스 but the country is now facing a gloomy start to the summer – just as the coronavirus lockdown is being eased and people can hold barbecues in their garden.
Daytime temperatures are set to plunge to 43F (6C) this week, with some areas of the UK as cold as Greenland. However, wet weather will bring relief to water companies and parched gardens amid fears over hosepipe bans.
The last day of the warm sunshine was today, with western England and North Wales hottest, with a high of 84F (29C) beating the current 2019 record of 82.7F (28.2C) set in Suffolk on May 20.
Day trippers packed the The Pebble Beach, River Wharfe, Ilkley West Yorkshire, on Saturday. They gathered in groups of more than the allowed six
Beach bums: Unwanted reminder of revellers at Ilkley’s Pebble Beach, West Yorkshire. Visitors spent the weekend sunbathing and enjoying the cooling water
Maximum temperatures of 77F (25C) were expected widely across the rest of England and Wales today – the same as the conditions forecast in Ibiza – apart from coastal areas, where 68F (20C) to 70F (21C) was expected.
It came as a raft of lockdown restrictions were eased yesterday, with six people from different households now allowed to meet outdoors as long as social distancing is followed. They are able to meet in private gardens or in parks or beaches.
Primary schools were reopened for reception, year one and year six, outdoor markets were reopened, along with car showrooms, while horse racing became the first sport to resume, though without spectators.
People in the vulnerable ‘shielding’ group who have until now been advised to stay indoors are also now allowed to go outside for a walk.
People pack the beach at Bournemouth this afternoon as the public are reminded to still practise social distancing
People swim in the sea and take to the beach at Bournemouth in Dorset today as they make the most of the hot weather
Julie (left) and Andreea (right) from Bournemouth cool down with an ice cream by the beach on the Dorset coast today
People on the beach at Bournemouth today as they make the most of the hot weather before conditions turn tomorrow
People gather on the beach and seafront on a hot day in Bournemouth today as the lockdown continues to be eased
People gather on the beach and seafront on a hot day in Bournemouth today as they make the most of the warm weather
People swim in the sea and take to the beach at Bournemouth in Dorset today as the hot weather continues
The beach fills up at Bournemouth in Dorset today with the UK enjoying another very warm day across the country
Sunbathers were left with little space to social distance on the sand by Bournemouth’s Pier, which was emblazoned with a ‘#SaveLives’ sign to encourage people to ‘Stay Alert’
Bournemouth’s council leader has written to MPs and police urging them to re-think lifting restrictions that have allowed for ‘awful scenes’ of beaches being packed out over the weekend
A swimmer jumps into the sea at Bournemouth, Dorset, as the public are being reminded to practise social distancing following the relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England
Maximum temperatures of 77F (25C) were expected widely across the rest of England and Wales today – the same as the conditions forecast in Ibiza – apart from coastal areas, where 68F (20C) to 70F (21C) was expected
People gather on the beach and seafront in Bournemouth today. The government has stated that six people can now meet together at a park or private garden as lockdown continues to ease. Restrictions were in place to stem the spread of the coronavirus
An RNLI lifeguard patrols the waters along the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, as the public are being reminded to practise social distancing following the relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England
Then tomorrow, showers and thunderstorms could bring between half an inch and an inch of rain to the South West and South Wales. Patchy light rain is expected further north.
By Thursday, which is set to be mostly cloudy with some showers, just 59F (15C) to 61F (16C) is likely in most areas of England and Wales.
Parts of northern England could be colder still with 43F (6C) forecast in the central Pennines. Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, is set to reach 52F (11C).
Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey said better conditions are likely towards the weekend. For Friday, she said: ‘There is potential for dry weather with sunny spells, although it is likely to be breezy with the chance of a shower.’
Groups of people, some suspiciously larger than six, were seen getting together on Crawfordsburn beach in County Down
People relax on the banks and paddle in the River Wharfe in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, today as warm weather continues and the UK lockdown eases
A man jumps from the suspension bridge into the water as others relax on the banks of the River Wharfe in Ilkley, West Yorkshire
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A man jumps from the suspension bridge into the water as others relax on the banks of the River Wharfe in Ilkley,West Yorkshire today
Saturday is set to be slightly cooler while Sunday is expected to be ‘rather cold’ and cloudy. Miss Maxey said the second half of June should turn warmer again, particularly in the South.
A record average of 626 hours of bright sunshine were counted over March, April and May this year, beating the previous record of 555 hours in 1948.
May was the sunniest calendar month ever, with 266 hours, in the records going back to 1929. And last month might have been the driest May since 1896, with just 9.6mm (0.4in) of rain.
The chances of a hosepipe ban across the UK this summer have been already rated as odds-on by bookmakers, with Northern Ireland warning of a possible ban.
People gather to enjoy the sun in Potters Field, London, as the public are being reminded to practise social distancing following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions
Groups of people relax in the sun on Gyllyngvase Beach on June 02, 2020 in Falmouth, Cornwall, as the Government further relaxed Covid-19 quarantine measures in England this week
People are pictured on the beach in Falmouth, Cornwall, as the Government has relaxed lockdown restrictions in England
Groups of people relax in the sun on Gyllyngvase Beach on June 02, 2020 in Falmouth, Cornwall. The British 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 pictured sunbathing in Falmouth, Cornwall, amid a loosening of restrictions across England with the Government allowing people to meet in groups of six while social distancing
Umbrellas were used to shelter from the sun at the beach at Durdle Door in Dorset as people made the most of the hot weather today
Didn’t you see the news? People are pictured gathering in groups in Durdle Door, Dorset, again today as the Government allows six people from different households to meet
People gather on the beach and seafront today in Bournemouth as the Government announced a restriction in lockdown measures
People are seen on the beach as they enjoy the hot weather in Formby, following the relaxation of lockdown rules in England
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A group of young children run through the water as they enjoy the good weather at Southend-on-Sea in Essex today
A boy paddles in the sea on Saltdean beach near Brighton in East Sussex today
People enjoying the good weather on the beach at Southend-on-Sea in Essex today
Britons make the most of the sunshine at Saltdean beach near Brighton on the south coast this afternoon
A woman sunbathes at Potters Field in London today as the coronavirus lockdown continues to be eased in the country
People enjoy the sunshine on the beach near Brighton Pier on the Sussex coast today
People and a dog in the water at Compton Lock on the River Itchen near Winchester in Hampshire today
Paddle boarders in Whitley Bay on the North East coast today as they make the most of the warm conditions
The UK’s largest water firm, United Utilities, which supplies North West England, has asked its customers to limit their use of hose pipes and sprinklers.
But Mick Ainsley of the GMB union said: ‘If there are problems with the availability of water to households after such heavy rainfall [over autumn and winter] then the water companies have to face the fact that the problem is part of the systems that they are paid to keep in tip top condition.’