BRITS have been flocking to beaches today to enjoy scorching 28C temperatures.
While lockdown restrictions are set to be eased from Monday, police have warned that meeting up in groups remains forbidden as pals were pictured meeting up for beers in the Saturday sunshine.
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Addressing the nation on Thursday, Boris Johnson confirmed friends and families will be able to meet in socially distanced groups of six from Monday.
It means that while Brits will be desperate to meet up for BBQs and beach walks, they will have to wait until next weekend to do so.
As temperatures heated up this morning, scores of people have been heading to beaches across the country – with car parks filled with day trippers.
One car park in Camber, East Sussex was pictured totally full this morning as families and friends flocked to the beach.
In Dorset, both Bournemouth and Sandbanks beach, near Poole, were also seen heaving with sun seekers.
But police forces have warned that, even with group meet ups now on the horizon, Brits should still stick to the rules and avoid meeting in groups.
Merseyside Police Superintendent Jonathan Davies said: "I know people will be tempted to get outside. This is a reminder that the rules on spending time with only one other person from another household remains in place this weekend."
And Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: "I know we are going into another weekend where the weather looks fantastic and beautiful, and that will bring many temptations for us to go outside and perhaps meet with friends and loved ones that we haven't seen for some time, and perhaps gather in large groups, but, quite simply the rules and regulations will not allow that this weekend."
It comes as the country is set to see sizzling hot temperatures across the weekend, with highs of 28C are forecast for the rest of today.
Nicola Maxey from the Met Office said: "There is little in the way of rain on the forecast for the next few days.
“It’s going to be sunny and warm and temperatures are going to continue rising into the weekend."
“On Sunday, the last day of the month, we could even see the hottest day of the year so far as temperatures creep up.
“Chances are we are going to see England record its driest May ever – and the fourth driest Spring on record.”
And the hot dry weather is unlikely to subside until next week, with forecasters expecting showers in northern regions of the UK.
It is Britain's highest spring on record – with 573 hours of sunshine so far.
It comes as scientists have warned that it is premature to ease lockdown restrictions at this stage.
Scientists Sir Jeremy Farrar and Professor John Edmunds, both members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies – which advises the Government on the coronavirus crisis – said ministers were taking risks by following their current plans.
They expressed concern at allowing the gradual reopening of shops and schools and larger gatherings to meet in private while the number of new cases each day remains "relatively high".
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