Easter Sunday has brought sunny skies for many in the south of England as hundreds of families congregate on the country’s beaches on the first weekend since lockdown restrictions were eased to allow groups of six to meet outdoors.
The south of England is forecast to have a maximum temperature of 18 ° C (64.4 ° F) this afternoon, while the northern parts are expected to have highs of 15 ° C (59 ° F) and more, and rain may fall later that evening.
Temperatures across the UK are expected to drop as we get through Easter weekend. In some areas, the cold snap threatens in some areas on Monday.
Easter Monday is expected to bring wet and very windy weather and cooler temperatures across much of the UK, dropping to 7 ° C by tomorrow morning and -5 ° C in parts of northern Scotland.
The Met Office issued three snow and wind warnings for most of Scotland from today through Monday evening – a three-day cold snap that brings “heavy snow showers” with it. After today’s sunshine, snow showers could also occur on the east coast of England.
With Boris Johnson’s roadmap now allowing two households to gather outdoors in a group of six, families today have come together to celebrate in an almost pre-determined way.
Overnight in Sandbanks, Dorset, police were forced to disperse the crowd for the second straight year after groups who had been drinking on the beach all Saturday refused to go home after a day in the sun.
Several men and a woman were taken away by the police in the evening, where young racing drivers also sped up and down the exclusive stretch of coast.
The Hot Walls in Old Portsmouth proved popular today, Easter Sunday, as the spring sun shone in Hampshire
However, temperatures across the UK are expected to drop as we move through the Easter weekend, with the cold snapshot on Monday threatening the snow in some areas
Runners enjoy the sun in Sandbanks, Dorset, where hundreds have come to the beach to soak up the rays of Easter Sunday
A couple is walking a dog on the beach at Sandbanks in Dorset this Easter Sunday in the early morning sun
Brave people soak in the sea on Sandbanks beach in Dorset, although maximum temperatures only reach 18 ° C.
Two women venture into sandbanks on a sunny but fresh Easter Sunday morning
In Sandbanks, Dorset, where many have gone to the seaside, two people can be seen taking a bath in the cold water on Easter Sunday
Paddle boarders take advantage of the early sunshine in Southsea, Hampshire on Easter Sunday before temperatures plummet on Monday
A group of four take a dip in the sea on Easter Sunday in Southsea, Hampshire
The local Tesco at Sandbanks was so busy selling alcohol to the groups that there was a very large shipment of beer in the evening to keep stocks up over the Easter weekend.
Sandbanks locals have filed many complaints with the police in the past few days and many stayed indoors while the problems arose. Sandbanks has some of the most expensive properties in the UK and the police are having a real fight to contain the party during the hot weather, Covid-19 rules relax.
Elsewhere in the UK, paddle boarders have been spotted making the most of the early sunshine in Southsea, Hampshire this morning.
Meanwhile, brave souls were seen in sandbanks undressing in their swim cuddles for a swim in the sea. Many opened their beach huts to enjoy the warm weather while it lasted.
In Cambridgeshire, police patrolled the banks of the River Great Ouse near Ely to prevent crowds from gathering ahead of the men’s boat race.
People enjoy the sunny weather at Sefton Park in Liverpool on Easter Sunday
Families gather at Sefton Park in Liverpool on Easter Sunday as the six rule allows two households to meet outdoors
Hundreds made their way to the parks for a stroll on Easter Sunday as the sun was shining today, the first weekend since the restrictions were eased
An Easter bunny can be seen beneath the daffodils in Sefton Park in Liverpool as families make the most of the sunshine
A stunning orange glow is pictured over Edinburgh Castle at sunrise on Easter Sunday
The waning moon is visible at dawn on a cold Easter Sunday morning in Dunsden, Oxfordshire
Groups of people in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, on sunny Easter Sunday
Groups of people in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire bring warm weather to the south of England on Easter Sunday
Groups of people in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, making the most of the warm weather with lows of -5 ° C are expected tomorrow as part of a cold snap
A family feeds swans and ducks in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire on Easter Sunday
A man rows along the River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. Easter Sunday
A couple takes a selfie under a flowering tree in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire
With a cold snap forecast to drop 10 ° C tomorrow, farmers have shared fears for tiny newborn Easter lambs that could shiver to death from hypothermia if temperatures drop to arctic-like levels below zero, threatening snow this week.
Phil Stocker, executive director of the National Sheep Association, said: “Sheep and ranchers, particularly in the British highlands, are aware of the potential of a spring cold snap that can cause devastation and soul-ravaging loss during the lamb season.
‘The sector has seen several cold weather events in the last spring periods that have created significant difficulties for both ranchers and mountain farmers.
“However, if farmers are aware of the impending change in weather type, they can cushion the impact by taking action to avoid the worst losses.”
Sandbanks Beach, seen on Easter Sunday morning when small groups gather to meet up with family, as allowed under the rule of six as the covid restrictions are relaxed
Brave swimmers return to a beach hut after taking a dip in the ocean at sandbanks on Easter Sunday
Runners burn their Easter chocolate while jogging along the coast in Sandbanks, Dorset, Easter Sunday
A young family is getting ready to go paddling with the whole family in Sandbanks this morning
The family gathers in beach huts on the sandy shore as the weather and restrictions finally allow the meetings
A man uses a metal detector on sandbanks in Dorset in hopes of finding treasure on Easter Sunday
In Sandbanks, Dorset, a man is seen pulling his rubber out of the water. Swimmers defy the water behind them
A family is taking a stroll on breezy but sunny Sandbanks Beach this morning as the weather stays warm on Easter Sunday before temperatures plummet
A couple can be seen in their swimming gear after diving on the beach at Sandbanks that morning
Groups drank on the beach and on sidewalks, ignoring social distancing and repeated police calls to disperse and go home early in the morning after a day in the sun in Sandbanks, Dorset
Large groups gather outside Tescos in Sandbanks, Dorset, where the crowd has gathered for the second night after good weather brings them to the beach
Sandbanks has some of the most expensive properties in the UK and the police are having a real fight to contain the party during the hot weather as the rules for Covid-19 relax
The local Tesco was so busy selling alcohol to the groups that they had a very large shipment of beer in the evening to keep stocks going over the Easter weekend in Sandbanks, Dorset
Guy Barter, chief horticulturalist at the Royal Horticultural Society, warned gardeners not to rush to plant seeds and flowers: “The night frosts in April are feared by gardeners.
“Magnolia and camellia blossoms are ruined, fruit blossoms and young pieces of fruit, including pears and apples, are spoiled, and the tender potato tips are burned off when they appear above the ground.
“Gardeners’ hearts are in their mouths until April as they fearfully scour the weather forecast for frost warnings ready to cover endangered plants to ward off damage.”
Two rowers travel along the River Thames in Maidenhead, Berkshire on Easter Sunday
A man is questioned by police as he tries to walk the footpath on the River Great Ouse where the boat race between Ely and Littleport in Cambridgeshire will take place
George Peacock of Ely (left) was reportedly interviewed by police for 45 minutes before being released after agreeing to leave the area. No fine was imposed. Spectators could be fined up to £ 200 for attempting to watch the world famous boat race
Police patrol the banks of the river before the boat race on the River Great Ouse near Ely in Cambridgeshire
Police patrol on the banks of the river on Easter Sunday before the men’s boat race on the River Great Ouse near Ely in Cambridgeshire
Crowds gathered to watch the boat race on the River Great Ouse near Ely in Cambridgeshire but were continued by the police
Police patrol the riverside before the boat race on the River Great Ouse near Ely in Cambridgeshire
People run on the riverside along the starting line before the boat race on the River Great Ouse near Ely in Cambridgeshire
Police vans arrive in Ely before the men’s boat race on the River Great Ouse near Ely in Cambridgeshire. Picture date: Sunday April 4th
Police near the starting line of the boat race on the River Great Ouse near Ely in Cambridgeshire
Another warning from Prickles and Paws of Cubert near Newquay, Cornwall, told gardeners to be careful with their strimmers in warm weather.
The vet has admitted more hedgehogs with strimmer injuries in the last 14 days than in all of 2020.
In just a few days, they treated five and tragically four had to be euthanized because of the severity of their injuries.
Spokeswoman Katy South said it was the same grim picture across the UK as people rush to clean their lawns and sort their bushes in the spring.
They also appeal to those with allotment gardens to look for hedgehogs first before firing the strimmer.
She said, “Careful inspection of all areas of long grass and undergrowth before mowing or trimming can save hedgehogs and other wildlife as they hibernate, nest, and forage in these surroundings.”
Council workers begin cleaning up the rubbish left on Southsea Common, Hampshire today after the fine weather over Easter weekend
Temperatures are expected to drop, but the spring-like conditions of the past few days have brought many lockdown-weary Britons back outside