Beach parties erupted in violence again last night as fights broke out and people were stabbed at popular tourist hotspots.
Police in Devon and Cornwall raced to reports of knife attacks in Plymouth and Dawlish on another weekend of ‘mayhem’ in the south west.
Thugs brawled in Teignmouth and a man was carrying a weapon in Exeter as officers dealt with at least 2,700 incidents since Friday – more than on a busy New Year’s Eve.
It comes as Britons flock to the beaches as temperatures hit 75F (24C) ahead of a heatwave next week.
Police in Devon and Cornwall raced to reports of knife attacks in Plymouth and Dawlish on another weekend of ‘mayhem’ in the south west. Pictured: Rubbish strewn across the beach in Polzeath after a party last night
Cornwall saw serious crime and disorder with beach parties getting out of hand in the surfing resorts Polzeath and Falmouth, as well as violence flaring up in Looe.
Police made a number of arrests and are investigating other incidents.
Officers are braced for another influx of tourists today as the temperature is set to hit at least 75F (24C) and pubs are open as part of lockdown easing.
Most of the country is set to be dry with sunshine and warmer weather in southern areas in the afternoon.
But it will be cloudier in the north with some showers as well as cloud and rain in Northern Ireland and western Scotland.
Police were out in force this morning clearing up after youths partied on the coast as the hot weather hit
The morning sun rises over Liverpool this morning as the country braces for temperatures of 75F (24C)
A Met Office meteorologist said: ‘It’s a chilly but bright start to the day on Sunday morning. Plenty of sunshine hanging on right the way through into the afternoon.
‘It will feel a bit warmer on Sunday as well, temperatures widely into the low 20s, we could see 24C in the south east.
‘It will be strong sunshine, the UV levels will be very high in places tomorrow so people should take care if they’re heading out.
‘Later in the day as we head towards the evening cloud will thicken across Northern Ireland and western Scotland.
‘That will bring some outbreaks of rain to end the day and that’s a sign of more changeable weather on the way as we head towards next week.’
Next week could see highs of 84F (30C) as a heatwave may scorch Britain, marking an end to the rainy deluge seen so far in July. Pictured: Liverpool this morning
Next week could see highs of 84F (30C) as a heatwave may scorch Britain, marking an end to the rainy deluge seen so far in July.
Weather maps show the country turning red with heat next week, with the south bearing the brunt of the hot weather.
The mercury will spike at a scorching 84F (30C) next Sunday and continue in to the Monday.
Netweather’s long-range forecast reads: ”High pressure will dominate the weather over much of the UK during the early to middle part of this week, and over England and Wales the weather will be predominantly dry and sunny, with temperatures above the seasonal average by day, but near average by night.
‘It currently looks unlikely that this high-pressure spell will bring any prolonged heatwaves, although a short-lived hot southerly or south-easterly incursion towards the very end of this anticyclonic spell is possible.
‘For much of Scotland and Northern Ireland there will also be some dry and sunny weather but cloud amounts will be more variable, as there will be an eastern North Atlantic trough which will bring moist south-westerlies into Scotland and Northern Ireland at times. Significant rainfall, though, is expected to be confined to north-west Scotland.
‘Late in the week there are indications that the spell of anticyclonic weather will break down from the west or north-west, turning the weather more unsettled, but it is expected to stay on the warm side.
‘Thunderstorms are possible during the breakdown but not guaranteed, as it is possible that we could see a largely thunder-free breakdown from the north-west.’