SUNSEEKERS have been told to stay away from 19 packed beaches as Brits flock to the coast while a 36C heatwave scorches the nation.
Bournemouth council has slapped a warning on a 13-mile stretch of coastline over fears beaches are too crowded to adhere to coronavirus social distancing rules.
Durley Chine, Sandbanks, Mudeford Sandspit, Mudeford Quay, Avon Beach, Friar's Cliff, Highcliffe Castle and Highcliffe Beach are all among those too packed.
A BCP Council spokesperson said: “Our advice to visitors would be to avoid these areas, turn away and come back another day when it less busy.’’
London is seeing the day’s hottest temperatures with Heathrow Airport reaching a sizzling 36.4C and the mercury passing 36.3C at Kew Gardens.
Gatwick Airport and Cambridge also recorded times of 33C with Wiggonholt in West Sussex clocking up 32.9C.
Today is the hottest August day for 17 years, with the highest temperature recorded at 38.5C at Faversham in Kent on August 10, 2003.
Crowds have flocked to coastal resort, parks and rivers across the country as they make the most of the sizzling conditions.
Car parks are packed at Camber in East Sussex with tailbacks bringing roads to a standstill around the famous sandy dunes.
Traffic is also clogging roads around Bournemouth as sun-worshippers head to the coast before beaches are full.
Locals were warned by a councillor to stay away from the centre of one North Wales town as large number of visitors caused "bedlam" and made social distancing "impossible".
The warning came from Pwllheli councillor Dylan Bullard, who said said: "Pwllheli is bedlam today. 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."
Sunseekers told to STAY AWAY from 19 beaches in 36.4C scorcher as 13-mile stretch of coast shut
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