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Brits unable to go abroad due to coronavirus restrictions are flocking to beaches around the country to make the most of the sunshine.

Visitors basked in glorious sunshine as they descended upon beaches in Bournemouth and Blackpool today while others were spotted paddle boarding at Cullercoats Bay, in North Tyneside, as they prepared for a sizzling weekend ahead.

Dry, sunny weather is expected for most areas of the UK with temperatures tipped to soar back to 26C – making it hotter than parts of Spain.

As sun-starved Brits face travel chaos with few destinations on the green list, some hotter weather at home is some consolation – with a sunny week ahead also expected for most.

Heavy showers blighted Friday in the south of England but thankfully that had mostly faded away by Saturday morning to be replaced by more sunshine.

Last week, the mercury nudged close to 30C as the temperature record for 2021 was broken three days running as Brits got their first sustained taste of summer following a washout May.

But the Met Office does warn of showers in some areas of the country for the week ahead.

People enjoy the weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset
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Bournemouth Pier was a popular hotspot for Brits trying to make the most of the sun
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It stats that by Sunday, Brits can expect: "Cooler, wetter conditions that may affect parts of southwest and central England and south Wales, with some heavy showers later. Elsewhere some warm sunshine, although possible showers elsewhere in the south."

The week ahead does look a little brighter though with: "Plenty of fine, warm weather with light winds. However, parts of England in particular at risk of heavy showers Monday. Increasing cloud from the northwest from Tuesday with sporadic rain."

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Meanwhile in the popular holiday destination of Ibiza, people were spotted sheltering themselves under umbrellas as the island was hit by heavy rain.

It's a small consolation for Brits who currently aren't able to travel abroad to popular holiday destinations.

Ibiza has been blighted by heavy rain while the UK basks in sunshine
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There was no sun in Santa Eulària des Riu in Ibiza on Saturday morning
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Spanish hotspot Barcelona is also only forecast to be 23C on Saturday and 24C on Sunday.

It's great news for Brits facing a summer of uncertainty over jetting abroad.

Earlier this week, Portugal has been removed from UK's quarantine-free travel green list, only weeks after Brits were finally allowed to take holidays.

Members of the public enjoy a sunny day on River Lea bank in Hackney, east London
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The Women's England Beach Soccer team train on the beach at Canford Cliffs in Poole as the sun shines
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In a major blow to British holidaymakers, the popular travel hotspot is now classed as amber, meaning people will have to isolate at home for up to 10 days on return.

Portugal was the only major European destination Brits were allowed to visit without quarantining in the first green list.

Other options included the remote Faroe Islands, and St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha – a rocky island in the South Atlantic.

Blackpool beach was busy today
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Regent's Canal, Little Venice, London
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Australia and New Zealand were also on the list – but both countries have shut their borders to holidaymakers.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said there needed to be a "safety first approach" as he confirmed the move.

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Tickets for flights back to the UK rocketed in price and huge queues of Brits desperate to get tested formed as the Tuesday deadline for getting home without having to quarantine began to loom.

British Airways is charging £348 for flights from Faro to London Heathrow on Sunday and Monday, but the price drops to £137 on Tuesday.

Lots of holidaymakers are being forced to stay in Britain due to the ever-changing situation with the coronavirus pandemic
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Members of Rainbow Carnival Stilt Walkers performing in the sun at Roundhay Park, Leeds
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The airline said it will operate more flights to meet demand for people returning home.

TUI, the UK's largest tour operator, said it has 9,500 customers in Portugal but that was already due to have fallen to 2,000 by Tuesday because of the end of half-term for schoolchildren.

A spokeswoman said half its customers with Portugal bookings for June have amended their trip – mostly until summer 2022 – while the other half plan to go ahead with it despite the quarantine rules.

"There is a lot of bewilderment and real frustration and confusion about what is happening," she added.