The chilly British are making a fire and pulling on their woolen socks on this bank holiday as the nation prepares for the coldest bank holiday last August in 50 years.
Forecasters are now predicting the coldest bank holiday at the end of August in 50 years, as temperatures drop to just 11 ° C.
The cool spell is in stark contrast to the bank holiday at the end of August last year, which was hottest when the mercury at Heathrow Airport hit 91.8 ° F.
Despite the cool conditions, the sun is still shining brightly, which has encouraged many people to leave the warmth of their home and go to the beach.
It ended a roller coaster month of extreme weather that included a blistering heat wave, pouring rain, and two storms.
The chilly weather hasn't stopped some people from making the most of their holiday break as some brave souls have traveled to the beach. Pictured: Vacationers descend the steps to Durdle Door Beach in Dorset today
People go to the seaside on Long Sands Beach in Tynemouth this morning as the British wake up to the coldest bank holiday in late August in 50 years
Britons across the country have lit fires in their homes as they attempted to combat temperatures, which will drop as low as 11 ° C in some areas
Bournemouth beach pictured today (right) is unrecognizable compared to the scenes on the same beach around this time last year
The chilly temperatures kept many budding vacationers home today (right), while thousands flocked to Bournemouth last year as the UK basked in record-breaking 92 ° F sunshine (left).
Fires are a common sight on Twitter these days as people share the ways they try to weather the freezing temperatures
Despite the cold, the sun is still shining across the country, which has encouraged some people to visit the beach on their holidays. Pictured: Cars line up to enter the car park at Lulworth Cove in Dorset this morning
Vacationers spend their holidays in sunlight, although temperatures drop to 11 ° C in some regions of the country
The hottest August day in 17 years was recorded just a few weeks ago when temperatures rose to 36.4 ° C.
The sharp drop in temperature hasn't gone unnoticed by Brits looking forward to their bank holiday, as many people accessed social media after being forced to light fires and change into warmer clothes.
Sarah Williams said, “It was freezing and bloody, I can't remember such a cold August holiday – I even lit the fire. Summer is officially over. & # 39;
Another person tweeted, 'Wake up and it's 11 degrees outside? The summer has been completely erased. We didn't even move slowly into autumn, it just happened. & # 39;
Joe Stephenson announced that the temperature is now far too low to continue wearing his summer wardrobe, but that he is also not ready to give up his summer shorts.
A few brave souls determined to make the most of their cool holiday stroll on the coastal path to Durdle Door in Dorset this morning
A small number of people braved the dropping temperatures to enjoy Durdle Door Beach earlier today
A glorious sunrise rises over the Cobb ner Lyme Regis this morning as the boats bob gently in the bay on the coldest bank holiday in late August in 50 years
Kayakers and paddleboarders were not deterred by the chill in the air and still put on their gear to hit the water in Cullercoats, North Tyneside
"It's getting too cold for shorts, but I'm far too loyal to them to admit this and make the change so I'll keep wearing three layers on top but only shorts on the bottom," he said.
Other tweeters were less afraid of giving up their summer wardrobe. One person said, “It's from too hot to carry a lot to freezing in days. I've already taken off my slippers to keep my feet warm.
"Stupid British Weather!"
Brigid Coady wasn't afraid to admit either that she'd dumped her summer outfits in favor of warmer clothes. She said, "Ahh August Bank Holiday … the sweater broke off."
People also resort to heating and burning fires to keep themselves warm on this holiday.
The 500-mile polar fall that caused temperatures in the UK to plummet today makes it the coldest bank holiday in late August in 50 years
The sun shines gloriously on the beach at Barry Island, Wales as people enjoy their holiday holidays in temperatures well below the average for this time of the year
Emma Cawley asked, "Is it terrible to want to start a fire in August?"
While Melanie Chiswell Brooks admitted, “I broke down. I will admit it. Bought logs for the wood stove. & # 39;
Helen Crossley posted a picture of her fire that was already roaring when she tweeted this morning and said, “Fire. It's August, isn't it? It was just too cold. & # 39;
However, the rapid temperatures haven't stopped people from making the most of their holiday weekends. Photographer Andrew Fusek-Peters, 54, woke up at 4:30 a.m. to capture the moment the Shropshire sun rose.
In a collection of four photos, Fusek-Peters was able to capture the exact moment when the sunlight rose over Caer Caradoc and its 459 meter high summit.
Bournemouth beach today is being enjoyed by some people brave enough to battle the chilly temperatures
He said, "I thought," What the hell is that? "Because it looked like someone had a torch on the horizon.
“It was the strangest effect I've ever seen. It turns out that they are called Crepuscular Rays.
& # 39; It's a well-known phenomenon, but not really seen that often. It looks like a Photoshop job as it's such a strange effect.
“The sun obviously makes these rays rise on the horizon.
“I found that both that and the fact that the heather is in bloom in the foreground is something pretty beautiful.
"The response I've got on social media has been amazing. Everyone says how beautiful it looks. So I'm very happy."
Andrew Fusek-Peters was able to capture the exact moment when the sunlight rose over Caer Caradoc and its 459 meter high summit
Fusek-Peters, 54, woke up at 4:30 a.m. to capture the moment the Shropshire sun rose
This stunning picture was captured this morning by Andrew Fusek-Peters, who got up early for this view despite the chilly conditions
Despite the drop in temperatures this holiday, Alex Burkill, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said the variety of hot, cold and windy weather is unlikely to be reflected in the monthly averages.
"We didn't break any records on how cold it got," he said.
& # 39; The daytime temperatures (on Sunday) struggled but the lowest high was 12.5 ° C and the record is 9.1 ° C so we're pretty far from that.
“The daytime temperatures on Monday will rise again, probably only in the double digits in a few places, but I would be surprised if we broke any records.
"It was pretty extreme at times, we had very hot weather and then the two storms towards the end of the month," he said.
“Even on this holiday it was unusually cool. It's not that often that August temperatures are around freezing.
People went to Twitter earlier today to complain about the drop in temperatures. One person tweeted to say that summer had been erased
& # 39; (The weather) brought it all this month and that's not really reflected in the monthly averages.
"They are not going to show the extremes we had."
Last week, Britain was struck by Storm Francis, which hit 81 mph gusts of gusts of 81 mph on The Needles near the Isle of Wight just days after Storm Ellen attacked.
The Met said it was "unusual" for two named storms to occur in such a short space of time in August.
"It's not that common for us to get these type of storms in August. In fact, it was the first time we had a named storm in August," said Burkill.
"Having one week at a time is even more extreme."
The storms followed a hot spell that included a high of 36.4 ° C at Heathrow and Kew Gardens – the hottest August day in 17 years.
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