Freezing mist has descended on a packed British beach and cleared sunbathers on one of the hottest days of the year.
Freakish weather conditions today stunned visitors to Woolacombe Beach in Devon, who hoped to bask in scorching temperatures to kick off the bank holiday weekend.
It was claimed surfers, holidaymakers and sunseekers cleared the beach "in minutes" as temperatures suddenly dipped when cold fog-like conditions rolled over.
The virtually deserted sands were in stark contrast to other beaches and parks today which filled up with sun worshippers to make the most of the spring heatwave.
Temperatures across the country have soared to around 25C – making the UK warmer than popular sunny climes including Barcelona and Ibiza.
However some regions were still stuck with cooler weather, as temperatures remained as low as 9C in parts of western Scotland and Wales.
Brighton beach was packed with thousands of visitors, while Londoners and tourists flocked to the capital’s parks to work on their tans.
The hot weather will last a few more days, with bank holiday Monday forecast to be the warmest since records began, possibly making this the warmest bank holiday ever.
With the return of sizzling heat, many Britons went for their first swim of the year at beauty spots including Boscombe beach in Dorset, children cooled off with ice lollies or by playing in fountains, and parks were crammed with people sprawled in the grass.
Space was at a premium on Brighton’s pebbled beach which was one of the most popular destinations of the day.
While many people were shedding layers and soaking up the sun’s rays, over 1,000 cyclists were taking part in the 10th annual Tweed Run through London.
Participants were required to wear their best tweed and stylish cycling attire on the 12-mile ride past the capital’s landmarks – not ideal on one of the hottest days of the year so far.
But the weather would have been perfect for anyone taking part in World Naked Gardening Day, as naturists around the world cut grass, planted flowers and trimmed their hedges in the buff.
Further north, walkers enjoyed the conditions at Rannerdale, Cumbria in the Lake District, where the temperature climbed into the high teens with plenty of sunshine.
But while many enjoyed the sunshire, motorists endured a frustrating day on Britain’s roads after two major motorways were shut due to a crash and an oxygen tank fire.
The M25 is currently closed near Heathrow Airport between junction 16 (Rickmansworth) and junction 17 (Maple Cross) after an accident at 1.30pm.
Three lanes have been closed and drivers claim they have been stuck on the motorway for more than hour.
It is also causing tailbacks on the M40.
Meanwhile a lorry fire closed the M62 westbound in Rochdale, Greater Manchester and dramatic photos show the vehicle engulfed in flames.
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