Councils beg staycationers heading to the coast to soak up today’s 95F sun elsewhere

Crowds of sun-seekers made an early trip to the coast this morning, with some even spending the night in tents, in anticipation of another sizzling day on Britain’s beaches – despite councils begging tourists to steer clear following yesterday’s ‘bedlam’.

Record numbers packed the seafront on Friday, despite Government warnings, and with little signs of social distancing, on what was the UK’s hottest August day since 2003.

There were similar scenes again today as staycationers in Bournemouth were seen emerging from tents they’d set up overnight to try and secure the best spots, while Sussex Police turned away cars from a full Camber Sands beach as early as 10am.

In North Wales, described as being a scene of ‘bedlam’ yesterday, a councillor’s plea for visitors to avoid towns appeared to be ignored as the local police force reported a ‘considerable build up’ of traffic in Abersoch as drivers made their way to the beach.

Similarly, drivers reported 40-minute queues for car parks in Sandbanks, which have also filled up throughout the morning, as the mercury rose to 95F and the RAC prepared itself for the busiest weekend of the year.

Thanet District Council in Kent warned that high tides at its beaches in Broadstairs and Margate make social distancing ‘difficult’, and asked visitors to ‘consider all the places you could visit’ along its 19 miles of coastline, ‘or come back when it’s quieter’.

Much like yesterday, crowds appeared unbothered by fears of coronavirus as groups mixed without masks – despite rising cases in the UK driving fears of a second wave. 

The chaos comes amid a plea for ‘bold’ young people to continue following social distancing rules as fears grow that they are catching the virus without knowing and passing it on to other members of their household.

Meanwhile, the Local Government Association is calling for councils to be given more powers to shut down rule-breaking pubs nationwide, with revellers expected to pack into venues up and down the country once again later today.

Brighton beach was packed with sunseekers this morning as revellers once again took to the sea in their droves

A daredevil swimmer leaps off of the rock face and into the sea at Durdle Door in Dorset on a scorching hot sunny day

A man dives into the sea at Durdle Door

Daredevil swimmers leap off the rock face and into the sea at Durdle Door in Dorset on a scorching hot sunny day

Record numbers packed the seafront on Friday, despite Government warnings, and with little signs of social distancing, on what was the UK's hottest August day since 2003. Pictured is Brighton beach today

Record numbers packed the seafront on Friday, despite Government warnings, and with little signs of social distancing, on what was the UK’s hottest August day since 2003. Pictured is Brighton beach today

The beach is packed with sunbathers and holidaymakers at Durdle Door in Dorset on a scorching hot sunny day. Lines of visitors to the beach can be seen paddling

The beach is packed with sunbathers and holidaymakers at Durdle Door in Dorset on a scorching hot sunny day. Lines of visitors to the beach can be seen paddling

Brighton beach was once again packed with sunseekers today as the heatwave that has been sweeping the UK continued

Brighton beach was once again packed with sunseekers today as the heatwave that has been sweeping the UK continued

A group of girls jump into the sea as they enjoy the hot weather in Margate, Britain, on one of the hottest days of the year

A group of girls jump into the sea as they enjoy the hot weather in Margate, Britain, on one of the hottest days of the year

Women donned bikinis before heading out into the sea to cool off during a day out at Bournemouth Beach earlier on Saturday

Women donned bikinis before heading out into the sea to cool off during a day out at Bournemouth Beach earlier on Saturday

A man sits on a narrow part of the cliff top at Durdle Door, Dorset, as temperatures soared. Beaches across the country were packed on Saturday as Brits made the most of the blue skies

A man sits on a narrow part of the cliff top at Durdle Door, Dorset, as temperatures soared. Beaches across the country were packed on Saturday as Brits made the most of the blue skies

There was very little space on Margate beach on Saturday afternoon after families and sunseekers flocked to the sea

There was very little space on Margate beach on Saturday afternoon after families and sunseekers flocked to the sea

Thousand of people took to the beach in Brighton. Crowds lined the beach with Brighton Pier seen in the distance

Thousand of people took to the beach in Brighton. Crowds lined the beach with Brighton Pier seen in the distance

A daredevil dives into the sea from the top of a cliff as other swimmers wait in the water below. The swimmers enjoyed the heat at Durdle Door in Dorset

A daredevil dives into the sea from the top of a cliff as other swimmers wait in the water below. The swimmers enjoyed the heat at Durdle Door in Dorset

People enjoy the hot weather at Southend beach in Essex. Parts of the UK could see record-breaking overnight temperatures this weekend as the mini heatwave continues

People enjoy the hot weather at Southend beach in Essex. Parts of the UK could see record-breaking overnight temperatures this weekend as the mini heatwave continues

The beach at Southend in Essex was packed out as desperate sunseekers defied social distancing to fill every spot of sand

The beach at Southend in Essex was packed out as desperate sunseekers defied social distancing to fill every spot of sand

Temperatures will remain high into the 30s across the south of England on Saturday with more sunshine on Sunday before clouds roll in on Monday with the potential for storms later in the week

Temperatures will remain high into the 30s across the south of England on Saturday with more sunshine on Sunday before clouds roll in on Monday with the potential for storms later in the week

In other coronavirus news today:

  • Hundreds of NHS nurses and healthcare staff march through London in protest at being excluded in pay rise
  • UK Border Force has issued just NINE fines to people who breached quarantine rules after returning from abroad
  • Lockdown ‘killed two people for every three that died of coronavirus’ as hospitals shut down to deal with COVID
  • ‘Bold’ youngsters are warned to stick to social distancing rules and ‘don’t kill granny’ – amid calls for rule-breaking pubs to be closed nationwide
  • Britons could enjoy a quarantine-free trip to Portugal by end of summer as UK ministers see ‘progress’ in its Covid cases dropping 

Man’s body is pulled from a water-filled quarry after he ‘got into difficulty’ while swimming amid soaring temperatures

A swimmer has died after getting ‘into difficulty’ in a water-filled quarry as temperatures soared today.

The man’s body was pulled from the water at Bawsey Pits near King’s Lynn in Norfolk earlier this afternoon, police confirmed.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 11.30am on Saturday after the man was reported missing.

Superintendent Malcolm Cooke, from Norfolk Constabulary, said: ‘Colleagues from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and East of England Ambulance Service assisted officers in the search.

The man's body was pulled from the water at Bawsey Pits

The man’s body was pulled from the water at Bawsey Pits

‘The body of the man was recovered from the water and he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family at this time.’

Four crews of firefighters used two rigid inflatable boats and a drone to search for any sign of the swimmer after he got into difficulty in the water.

Norfolk Police confirmed they were called to ‘reports of a missing male who got into difficulty in the water.’

There have been frequent warnings about the dangers of swimming in the former quarry pits at Bawsey Country Park in recent years.

The former sand workings feature underwater obstructions and steep sides, meaning there are sudden changes in depth.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 11.30am

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 11.30am

Signs are in place warning swimming is banned.

A 16-year-old boy from east London drowned at the pits in July 2013. A local man Ryan Pettegell, 41, also drowned on the same day after he he swam out to look for the missing boy.

A Norfolk Police police spokesperson said today; ‘Colleagues from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service have been assisting officers in the search and the incident is ongoing.

Emergency services were forced to search for the swimmer

Emergency services were forced to search for the swimmer

‘No further details will be released at this stage and an update will be issued in due course.’

It comes as temperatures reached 95F at Frittenden in Kent early this afternoon.

Saturday started with an ‘impressive’ 68F difference between parts of Scotland and south-east England, the Met Office pointed out.

Forecaster Marco Petagna earlier said a breeze along the North Sea coast would keep temperatures in the high teens there, while England and Wales would generally see the high 20Cs or low 30Cs – with cooler temperatures in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Dylan Bullard, a councillor from Pwllheli, North Wales, told the Telegraph the town was a scene of ‘bedlam’ yesterday.

He added: ‘If you’re thinking of coming into town, please consider leaving it to later. The car parks are full and cars are parked illegally. Social distancing is impossible at the moment, and people are queuing to get into shops.’

The Met Office said temperatures had already reached 95F at Frittenden in Kent early this afternoon, with a chance the mercury could rise as high as 97F in the South East later in the day.

Saturday started with an ‘impressive’ 68F difference between parts of Scotland and south-east England, the Met Office pointed out.

Forecaster Marco Petagna earlier said a breeze along the North Sea coast would keep temperatures in the high teens there, while England and Wales would generally see the high 20Cs or low 30Cs – with cooler temperatures in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

There are some very hot and sticky nights on the way.

London and the South East have endured sweltering heat over the past few days, with no let-up expected until the middle of next week.

The record for the hottest August day is 101.3F, set at Faversham on August 10 2003.

The current record maximum temperature for the UK is 101.6F, reached in Cambridge Botanic Garden on July 25 last year.

Yesterday saw crowds of people heading for the coast, with images of packed beaches, traffic jams and full car parks shared widely on social media.

By the afternoon, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council’s beach check app showed 19 of its 24 beaches under red alert, warning people to avoid the areas because safe social distancing was not possible.

The Met Office issued a level three heat-health warning for the South and South East, meaning the public should look out for others, particularly the elderly, children and people in poor health.

Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, consultant in public health at Public Health England, said: ‘This summer, many of us are spending more time at home due to Covid-19.

‘A lot of homes can overheat, so it’s important we continue to check on older people and those with underlying health conditions, particularly if they’re living alone and may be socially isolated.’

But dark clouds are gathering on the horizon.

Dan Harris, Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, said thunderstorms are on the way, with some places likely to be hit with up to 80mm of rain in just a few hours.

‘We’ve issued a broad thunderstorm warning for Monday and Tuesday for all parts of the UK, since although the ingredients are there, it’s just too early to pinpoint the details of exactly where and when thunderstorms will occur,’ he said.

‘As such, we will be monitoring the developing signals closely and I urge people to keep a close eye on Met Office warnings and forecasts over the coming days.’

It came after Preston’s director of public health warned mixing in pubs was to blame for the area being put back into lockdown, with almost half of the area’s new cases reported were among people aged 30 and younger.

The city council’s chief executive Adrian Phillips pleaded with young people to continue following the guidance and not risk infecting others.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I know our director of public health has said ‘don’t kill granny’ to young people to try and focus the message.

‘Young people are inevitably among the brave and the bold, they want to be adventurous and out and about but we know that they have the virus, are more likely to at the moment, they often have less symptoms but they do take it back to their household and the community spread we are seeing we believe in many cases are young people taking it home and catching the virus.

‘We’re going to have to repeat it and whether Radio 4 is the correct channel for that I’m not quite sure but we’re using multiple channels and we’re working with community groups who are doing peer to peer comms around.

‘It’s just trying so many different ways to get the message to all communities, to all areas of our city that the virus is still something to be really wary of.’

Mr Phillips also backed the LGA’s call for councils to have greater powers to close pubs to slow the spread of the pandemic.

‘You need responsive powers,’ he said. ‘It is useful to have something that can move quickly and we can make it entirely clear to the licensee or the operator what the consequences are.’

Licensing laws currently do not allow councils to take action on public health grounds, such as where Covid-19 guidelines are not being followed, instead relying on general health and safety legislation, which is less specific and makes it harder to intervene.

People cooling down on the River Cam in Cambridge as they go for a punt with glasses of prosecco in hand as the heatwave continues through the weekend

People cooling down on the River Cam in Cambridge as they go for a punt with glasses of prosecco in hand as the heatwave continues through the weekend

People enjoy the hot weather at Bournemouth beach in Dorset. Hundreds of sunseekers took to their cars this morning to head down for a day at the beach

People enjoy the hot weather at Bournemouth beach in Dorset. Hundreds of sunseekers took to their cars this morning to head down for a day at the beach

There were fewer people at Coryton Cove in Dawlish, Devon, as some sunbathers took to less well-known beaches to enjoy the sea without the risk of coronavirus

There were fewer people at Coryton Cove in Dawlish, Devon, as some sunbathers took to less well-known beaches to enjoy the sea without the risk of coronavirus

People walk along the beach front on Boscombe beach in Dorset. Very few people were wearing masks as they walked closely together - despite cases of coronavirus rising in the UK

People walk along the beach front on Boscombe beach in Dorset. Very few people were wearing masks as they walked closely together – despite cases of coronavirus rising in the UK

Hundreds of tents and windbreakers were set up at Boscombe beach in Dorset on Saturday as the hot weather continued

Hundreds of tents and windbreakers were set up at Boscombe beach in Dorset on Saturday as the hot weather continued

People enjoy the hot weather at Boscombe beach in Dorset. Gazebos and a large tent were set up to shade beach-goers from the intense afternoon sun

People enjoy the hot weather at Boscombe beach in Dorset. Gazebos and a large tent were set up to shade beach-goers from the intense afternoon sun

People enjoy the hot weather on the South Bank, in central London, with chilled drinking in takeaway plastic cups

People enjoy the hot weather on the South Bank, in central London, with chilled drinking in takeaway plastic cups

Colourful parasols littered the beach in Southend, Essex, as the heatwave continued. The sand was packed with visitors

Colourful parasols littered the beach in Southend, Essex, as the heatwave continued. The sand was packed with visitors

Visitors climb down the steps to the beach which is packed with sunbathers and holidaymakers at Durdle Door in Dorset on a scorching hot sunny day

Visitors climb down the steps to the beach which is packed with sunbathers and holidaymakers at Durdle Door in Dorset on a scorching hot sunny day

A daredevil swimmer leaps off of the rock face and into the sea while carrying an inflatable ring at Durdle Door in Dorset

A daredevil swimmer leaps off of the rock face and into the sea while carrying an inflatable ring at Durdle Door in Dorset

People dressed up this afternoon to enjoy the hot weather on the South Bank, in central London, with Pimms in plastic cups

People dressed up this afternoon to enjoy the hot weather on the South Bank, in central London, with Pimms in plastic cups

A sign reads 'A have of tranquility: enjoy peace, quiet and coastal views in our tropical garden' next to scenes of huge crowds on Bournemouth beach

A sign reads ‘A have of tranquility: enjoy peace, quiet and coastal views in our tropical garden’ next to scenes of huge crowds on Bournemouth beach

Holidaymakers and sunbathers once again flocked to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Holidaymakers and sunbathers once again flocked to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

The car park near the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset was completely full this morning as visitors rushed down to the coast to catch the sun

The car park near the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset was completely full this morning as visitors rushed down to the coast to catch the sun

Sussex Police turned away cars from a full Camber Sands beach as early as 10am this morning, with 95F temperatures set to hit later on

Sussex Police turned away cars from a full Camber Sands beach as early as 10am this morning, with 95F temperatures set to hit later on

Sunseekers lay down towels as they prepare to soak up the sun on another hot day in Coryton Cover, Dawlish, Devon today

Sunseekers lay down towels as they prepare to soak up the sun on another hot day in Coryton Cover, Dawlish, Devon today

Social distancing appeared to be non-existent once again as crowds flocked in huge numbers to Brighton beach today

Social distancing appeared to be non-existent once again as crowds flocked in huge numbers to Brighton beach today

A RNLI Lifeguard patrols Boscombe beach in Dorset as the heatwave sweeping the UK brings another busy day

A RNLI Lifeguard patrols Boscombe beach in Dorset as the heatwave sweeping the UK brings another busy day

Two paddle boarders were all smiles as they took to the sea off of Boscombe beach in Dorset today as the mini heatwave continues

Two paddle boarders were all smiles as they took to the sea off of Boscombe beach in Dorset today as the mini heatwave continues

Sunseekers play volleyball on Boscome beach in Dorset today as crowds once again flocked down to the coast in huge numbers

Sunseekers play volleyball on Boscome beach in Dorset today as crowds once again flocked down to the coast in huge numbers

Bournemouth beach was once again packed even by mid-morning as sun-seekers arrived in their droves to soak up the sun

Bournemouth beach was once again packed even by mid-morning as sun-seekers arrived in their droves to soak up the sun

Crowds flocked to the seafront despite pleas from local authorities to stay away, after an immensely busy day yesterday

Crowds flocked to the seafront despite pleas from local authorities to stay away, after an immensely busy day yesterday

While many ignored social distancing and other measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, some did wear face masks in Southend

While many ignored social distancing and other measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, some did wear face masks in Southend

Large crowds were once again seen at Boscombe beach in Dorset, with the temperature soaring to 95F as the recent heatwave continued

Large crowds were once again seen at Boscombe beach in Dorset, with the temperature soaring to 95F as the recent heatwave continued

Deck chairs and towels were out in force as sunseekers tried to take advantage of the good weather in Southend, Essex today

Deck chairs and towels were out in force as sunseekers tried to take advantage of the good weather in Southend, Essex today

One beachgoer did her best to follow guidance designed to prevent the spread of the virus by wearing a face covering

One beachgoer did her best to follow guidance designed to prevent the spread of the virus by wearing a face covering

Sunseekers carrying bags and cooler boxes made their way down the hill towards Boscombe beach in Dorset again today

Sunseekers carrying bags and cooler boxes made their way down the hill towards Boscombe beach in Dorset again today

Bournemouth beach in Dorset was already busy by mid-morning as sun-seekers once again flocked to the coast today

Bournemouth beach in Dorset was already busy by mid-morning as sun-seekers once again flocked to the coast today

A swimmer somersaults his way into the sea at Southend beach in Essex on another scorching hot afternoon in the UK

A swimmer somersaults his way into the sea at Southend beach in Essex on another scorching hot afternoon in the UK

One sunbather pauses to enjoy a bit of shade as she relaxes on another sizzling hot afternoon at Southend beach in Essex

One sunbather pauses to enjoy a bit of shade as she relaxes on another sizzling hot afternoon at Southend beach in Essex

An information display shows how much litter was left on a 100-metre section of Southend beach in Essex in just one day

An information display shows how much litter was left on a 100-metre section of Southend beach in Essex in just one day

Sand could barely be seen at Bournemouth beach as thousand once again flocked to the seafront to soak up the sun

Sand could barely be seen at Bournemouth beach as thousand once again flocked to the seafront to soak up the sun

A man and a woman look out on Bournemouth beach in Dorset which was jam-packed once more with visitors earlier today

A man and a woman look out on Bournemouth beach in Dorset which was jam-packed once more with visitors earlier today

A person zip wires across the sea as people enjoy the hot weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon

A person zip wires across the sea as people enjoy the hot weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon

Two women relax on inflatables as they soak up the sun on another scorching hot day by the sea at Southend beach in Essex

Two women relax on inflatables as they soak up the sun on another scorching hot day by the sea at Southend beach in Essex

Crowds of visitors carrying bags make their way down to the seafront in Bournemouth ahead what is likely to be another busy day

Crowds of visitors carrying bags make their way down to the seafront in Bournemouth ahead what is likely to be another busy day

Paddle boarders enjoy the sunny weather in Brighton today, with huge crowds once again descending on the seaside town

Paddle boarders enjoy the sunny weather in Brighton today, with huge crowds once again descending on the seaside town

Southend beach in Essex was once again packed to the rafters as visitors travelled to soak up the sun on another hot afternoon

Southend beach in Essex was once again packed to the rafters as visitors travelled to soak up the sun on another hot afternoon

One woman, wearing a face covering, takes a breather from the intense heat on a bench by the sea in Southend, Essex, today

One woman, wearing a face covering, takes a breather from the intense heat on a bench by the sea in Southend, Essex, today

People enjoy the hot weather at Boscombe beach in Dorset today as the mini heatwave sweeping the UK continues

People enjoy the hot weather at Boscombe beach in Dorset today as the mini heatwave sweeping the UK continues

Sunbathers relaxed and topped up their tan at Southend beach in Essex as temperatures rose to a sizzling 95F this afternoon

Sunbathers relaxed and topped up their tan at Southend beach in Essex as temperatures rose to a sizzling 95F this afternoon

A young sunseeker comes up for air after enjoying a dive in the sea at Southend beach in Essex earlier this afternoon

A young sunseeker comes up for air after enjoying a dive in the sea at Southend beach in Essex earlier this afternoon

Cars queue up as they head down towards the sea front at Bournemouth beach in Dorset as signs show many car parks are full

Cars queue up as they head down towards the sea front at Bournemouth beach in Dorset as signs show many car parks are full

Parasols dominated the beach at Southend in Essex today as thousands made their way to the coast once more to soak up the sun

Parasols dominated the beach at Southend in Essex today as thousands made their way to the coast once more to soak up the sun

There was minimal room for social distancing at Southend beach in Essex as crowds of people set up chairs to enjoy the heat

There was minimal room for social distancing at Southend beach in Essex as crowds of people set up chairs to enjoy the heat

Sunseekers relax at Southend beach in Essex as the heatwave that has been sweeping the country in recent days continued

Sunseekers relax at Southend beach in Essex as the heatwave that has been sweeping the country in recent days continued

A ship can be seen in the distance as crowds of people take a dip in the sea on another hot afternoon at Southend beach in Essex

A ship can be seen in the distance as crowds of people take a dip in the sea on another hot afternoon at Southend beach in Essex

Southend beach in Essex was once more packed with sunseekers who laid out towels to try and make the most of the sun

Southend beach in Essex was once more packed with sunseekers who laid out towels to try and make the most of the sun

Beach welfare officers patrol the coast during the hot weather at Southend beach in Essex earlier this afternoon

Beach welfare officers patrol the coast during the hot weather at Southend beach in Essex earlier this afternoon

One visitor to Southend beach in Essex took a break from this afternoon's intense heat by cooling down beneath an umbrella

One visitor to Southend beach in Essex took a break from this afternoon’s intense heat by cooling down beneath an umbrella

Families relaxed on towels at Southend beach in Essex as they tried to take advantage of sizzling temperatures this afternoon

Families relaxed on towels at Southend beach in Essex as they tried to take advantage of sizzling temperatures this afternoon

Southend beach in Essex was packed with visitors trying to cool down from the heat today by having a splash around in the sea

Southend beach in Essex was packed with visitors trying to cool down from the heat today by having a splash around in the sea

The sea off Southend beach in Essex was packed with families trying to cool down on a day when temperatures rose to 95F

The sea off Southend beach in Essex was packed with families trying to cool down on a day when temperatures rose to 95F

Crowds made their way into the water at Bournemouth beach in Dorset to cool down on another scorching hot afternoon

Crowds made their way into the water at Bournemouth beach in Dorset to cool down on another scorching hot afternoon

The beach at Boscombe in Dorset was once again packed today as sunseekers made their way down to the coast in large numbers

The beach at Boscombe in Dorset was once again packed today as sunseekers made their way down to the coast in large numbers

Sunseekers were making the most of the warm weather today as they relaxed in inflatables on the River Ouse, in Olney

Sunseekers were making the most of the warm weather today as they relaxed in inflatables on the River Ouse, in Olney

A beach-goer tries to relax on Brighton beach but is surrounded by rubbish left by sun-seekers on a busy day yesterday

A beach-goer tries to relax on Brighton beach but is surrounded by rubbish left by sun-seekers on a busy day yesterday

Pigeons land on Brighton beach where bags of rubbish was dumped yesterday after another busy day on the seafront

Pigeons land on Brighton beach where bags of rubbish was dumped yesterday after another busy day on the seafront

Crowds have already started gathering on Bournemouth beach this morning ahead of another day of sizzling temperatures

Crowds have already started gathering on Bournemouth beach this morning ahead of another day of sizzling temperatures

A couple of young sun-seekers enjoy an early morning splash in the sea at Bournemouth beach before the arrival of big crowds

A couple of young sun-seekers enjoy an early morning splash in the sea at Bournemouth beach before the arrival of big crowds

A group of girls armed with parasols and snacks make their way down to the seafront in Bournemouth this morning

A group of girls armed with parasols and snacks make their way down to the seafront in Bournemouth this morning

LGA calls for councils to be given more powers to shut down pubs not following the rules

Licensing laws currently do not allow councils to take action on public health grounds, such as where Covid-19 guidelines are not being followed, instead relying on general health and safety legislation, which is less specific and makes it harder to intervene.

The LGA, which represents councils in England and Wales, wants to see the introduction of a temporary public health or Covid-19 objective, allowing town halls to take action where premises are not protecting the public during the pandemic – such as collecting people’s contact details or maintaining social distancing.

Current government guidance says pubs are only asked to voluntarily roll out such rules, but the LGA insists it should be made mandatory and legally enforceable.

It says most are working hard to comply with the guidance but councils have concerns that some pubs are not collecting contact details of customers so they can be reached in the event of a local outbreak.

Local authorities have recently been given powers to close premises, but these can only be used where there is already a serious and imminent risk to public health.

The LGA says extending licensing powers would mean they can act quickly and proactively in cracking down on places that flout the guidance, to prevent problems in the first place instead of only being able to act when it is too late.

It says the sanctions available under the Licensing Act – such as requiring a business to apply new conditions to operate safely, or in the worst cases revoking a licence – would be better suited to preventing the risk of infection spreading than the tools available under health and safety laws.

The LGA, which represents councils in England and Wales, wants to see the introduction of a temporary public health or Covid-19 objective, allowing town halls to take action where premises are not protecting the public during the pandemic – such as collecting people’s contact details or maintaining social distancing.

Current government guidance says pubs are only asked to voluntarily roll out such rules, but the LGA insists it should be made mandatory and legally enforceable.

It says most are working hard to comply with the guidance but councils have concerns that some pubs are not collecting contact details of customers so they can be reached in the event of a local outbreak.

Britain yesterday recorded another 871 Covid-19 cases as official data shows the number of people getting diagnosed with the life-threatening disease each day has dropped for the first time in a fortnight.

Department of Health statistics reveal 834 new infections are being registered each day — down slightly from the rolling seven-day average of 835 yesterday. But the number of patients testing positive daily is still much higher than the four-month low figure of 546 on July 8.

Cases have steadily risen since over the past month, fuelling fears of a second wave. But separate figures released yesterday suggested the number of people getting infected with coronavirus in England may have actually dropped 12 per cent in a week.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), which tracks the size of the outbreak through swab tests of thousands of people, now believes there are 3,700 people in England catching Covid-19 each day. Its estimate of 4,200 daily cases last week prompted Boris Johnson to declare he was ‘squeezing the brake pedal’ on easing the coronavirus lockdown.

Government scientific advisers yesterday warned the coronavirus reproduction rate could now be as high as one right across the UK. SAGE estimates the R value – the average number of people each Covid-19 patient infects – is now between 0.8 and 1.0, up from last week’s prediction that it was hovering around 0.8 and 0.9.

Experts say the R needs to stay below one or Governments risk losing control of the epidemic and the virus could spiral back out of control.

Travel chaos is expected this weekend as The AA said it anticipates up to 10 per cent more journeys being made.

It warned drivers to expect queues building near coastal locations, particularly in popular seaside destinations in south-west England, Blackpool, the Welsh coast and Norfolk.

Ben Sheridan, from The AA, said: ‘Motorways, coastal routes and roads to ferry crossings are likely to be busy.

‘Many drivers will be hitting the road early to beat the heat, while others will stay home to stay cool.’

RAC Breakdown said it is expecting this weekend to be the busiest of the year for the company, as traffic jams and long delays look ‘inevitable’.

Drivers are being urged to check the oil and coolant levels in their vehicles to avoid breakdowns in the sweltering heat, as well as making sure tyres are pumped up to the correct pressures and have good tread.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: ‘It’s also important to have plenty of water and food in case drivers find themselves stuck for long periods.

‘We’d also remind people never to leave young children or animals in parked cars in high temperatures.’

Swimmers enjoyed an early dip in The Serpentine in London's Hyde Park this morning before the temperatures are set to rise

Swimmers enjoyed an early dip in The Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park this morning before the temperatures are set to rise

Swimmers create a splash as they take an early dip in The Serpentine in London's Hyde Park this morning

Swimmers create a splash as they take an early dip in The Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park this morning

Groups of friends arrived in Bournemouth at the crack of dawn this morning in anticipation of another sizzling hot day on the beach

Groups of friends arrived in Bournemouth at the crack of dawn this morning in anticipation of another sizzling hot day on the beach

Many visitors arrived ready to hit the sea, with temperatures set to soar to 95F today after another hot day across the UK yesterday

Many visitors arrived ready to hit the sea, with temperatures set to soar to 95F today after another hot day across the UK yesterday

Some visitors had planned ahead and set up tents for the night to ensure they had secured a spot ready for this afternoon

Some visitors had planned ahead and set up tents for the night to ensure they had secured a spot ready for this afternoon

Sun-seekers have spent the night in tents on Britain's beaches while many others have already made their way to the coast to soak up today's heat

Sun-seekers have spent the night in tents on Britain’s beaches while many others have already made their way to the coast to soak up today’s heat

Staycationers in Bournemouth were this morning seen emerging from tents they'd set up overnight to try and secure the best spots on what is expected to be another busy day on the beach

Staycationers in Bournemouth were this morning seen emerging from tents they’d set up overnight to try and secure the best spots on what is expected to be another busy day on the beach

Visitors to Bournemouth beach had set up camp nice and early to ensure they got the best spot ahead of another expected rush of crowds

Visitors to Bournemouth beach had set up camp nice and early to ensure they got the best spot ahead of another expected rush of crowds

Beach-goers made their way to the seafront in the early hours of this morning to try and beat the crowds expected to descend later

Beach-goers made their way to the seafront in the early hours of this morning to try and beat the crowds expected to descend later

Families made their way down the steps to the beach in Bournemouth this morning ahead of what is expected to be another extremely busy day

Lines of sunbathers and parasols filled the beaches in Dorset, pictured, yesterday on another scorching hot day, with temperatures set to hit 90F again today

Visitors arrived in Bournemouth as early as 3am yesterday to try and secure the best spots, with 19 of 24 beaches along that stretch of the Dorset coast full up by midday

Visitors arrived in Bournemouth as early as 3am yesterday to try and secure the best spots, with 19 of 24 beaches along that stretch of the Dorset coast full up by midday

Facemasks were nowhere to be seen as drinkers came together last night, with fears the scenes could be repeated over the weekend

Facemasks were nowhere to be seen as drinkers came together last night, with fears the scenes could be repeated over the weekend

RNLI Lifeguards look out over the beach as people enjoy the hot weather at Bournemouth beach in Dorset yesterday afternoon

RNLI Lifeguards look out over the beach as people enjoy the hot weather at Bournemouth beach in Dorset yesterday afternoon

A parks police car patrols by sunbathers on Hampstead Heath yesterday as the temperature soared again in London

A parks police car patrols by sunbathers on Hampstead Heath yesterday as the temperature soared again in London

The 700-mile-wide 'Saharan blowtorch' of hot air will again see temperatures soar across the UK throughout the weekend

The 700-mile-wide ‘Saharan blowtorch’ of hot air will again see temperatures soar across the UK throughout the weekend

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), which tracks the size of the outbreak by swabbing thousands of people, now believes there are 3,700 people in England getting infected with Covid-19 each day. It is 12 per cent down on the 4,200 made in the government-run agency's estimate last week, when they warned there was 'enough evidence' to prove cases were spiralling

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), which tracks the size of the outbreak by swabbing thousands of people, now believes there are 3,700 people in England getting infected with Covid-19 each day. It is 12 per cent down on the 4,200 made in the government-run agency’s estimate last week, when they warned there was ‘enough evidence’ to prove cases were spiralling

Delays and cancellations are likely for rail passengers, as high temperatures can damage overhead wires and lead to speed restrictions due to fears of tracks buckling.

HM Coastguard warned people to stay safe on the beach after rescue teams responded to 70 callouts across the UK by midday today – ‘above average for this time of year’, one week after its busiest day for more than four years.

The very hot conditions, which have been caused by air warming up over France before being drawn north, have led to health warnings.

Britain has never recorded two days with temperatures over 99F (37C) in the same year since records began.

Parts of the South of England are even expected to be hotter than the Caribbean, with highs of 91F (33C) in Jamaica and 84F (29C) Barbados.

The Met Office has also issued a level-three heat health alert which warns Britons to look out for the elderly, vulnerable and young children.

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