Brit beaches deserted as nation faces ‘coldest-ever’ August Bank Holiday

Brits have abandoned the nation’s beaches this August Bank Holiday weekend as temperatures plummeted to as low as 6C overnight.

Beaches sat empty yesterday as the mercury struggled to climb over 18C in the southeast of England.

More miserable weather was also predicted for today and Monday – a far cry from the same weekend last year where temperatures soared to 33C in London.

It also comes just weeks after Britain experienced a record heatwave when the mercury reached the high 30s in many parts of the country

Today, Scattered showers are predicted to hit several coastlines – with some heavy ones set to strike the South East first.

Higher temperatures are, on average, 5C lower and some areas of Scotland will even get a touch of frost.

The Met Office has forecast highs of about 11C on Monday in Scotland’s central Highlands.

It still would not beat the coldest August Bank Holiday temperature with the 10.1C recorded in Shetland back in 1979 holding that title.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: "Frost in Scotland is the cherry on the cake for cheesed-off families on staycation amid some of the worst summer weather for 50 years, including named storms Ellen and Francis."

A Met Office forecaster added: "It’s a cool northerly flow with chilly nights and frost possible in Scotland."

Already this Bank Holiday Weekend, torrential downpours sparked getaway travel chaos as yellow storm weather warnings were issued across the south and the northeast.

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Parts of the country saw up to 40mm of rainfall within a few hours – in contrast to last year’s monthly total of 76.7mm.

Plymouth Council described the downpours as "biblical" as around 3ft of water flooded some areas.

The authority tweeted: "As a result of that biblical rain shower, we’ve got some flash flooding around the city with many roads either closed or impassible."

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