With record temperatures in the UK for the second day in a row, there have been huge traffic jams on Kent’s motorways as people head for the beaches.
A line of traffic on the M2 heading towards Whitstable, Herne Bay and Margate was recorded at 18 miles long today.
There were also problems in Camber Sands and at Lydd where flocks of sun worshippers headed for the coast. Police were forced to close coastal roads to tourists at one point.
“”It is absolutely ridiculous” said someone in kent
With so many people either furloughed, working from home or parents still looking after school children, the heatwave had created the perfect opportunity for many to enjoy a hot day on the beach.
But with lockdown measures still in place, it could be a grim day for some. Public conveniences will still be closed, meaning that many will need to find an alternative option if they are caught short. There will be plenty of small floating things bobbing around in the sea today, and we do not mean young children.
Cafes and ice cream parlours will all be under pressure, not only to serve the masses but also to try and ensure social distancing at all times. Many people are saying this could have been prevented if the schools had reopened – but this has not been possible – so a hug e number of parents and those not in work were able to join with many teachers to enjoy a day at the beach! People still isolating will be hoping this is not the beginning of the second wave.