Original article from Kent Live
The first real heatwave the year well and truly arrived in Kent.
Temperatures have reached 22C across the county today (March 30) and more warmer conditions are expected tomorrow (March 31)
The good weather couldn’t have arrived at a better time for those who like sunbathing by the coast.
On Monday, lockdown restrictions were eased across the country with a loosening of the laws surrounding contact outside.
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On Tuesday, the first day of the mini heatwave which is expected to hit Kent for 48 hours, two coastal Kent towns looked picturesque as sun worshippers visited the seaside.
For many people, the warm weather and looser restrictions would have presented an ideal opportunity to see friends and family they had been unable to see for months.
New regulations mean six people can now meet outside with the ‘stay at home’ message now scrapped although people are still encouraged to stay local.
It’s the first significant easing of restrictions which Boris Johnson hopes will culminate in all social contact limits being removed by June.
With the weather as good as it has been for months, Margate was certainly attracting visitors but the sheer size of the Margate Main Sands meant social distancing was easy to observe.
Pictures taken from the far end of the majestic main sands showed hundreds of people on the beach sunbathing, building sand castles and enjoying ice creams.
The Margate steps, located near the Turner Contemporary Centre were busy with people soaking up the sun, enjoying a drink with fish and chips but again, not over crowded.
Groups of people, now allowed under current restrictions, were certainly making the most of the good weather as they spread out along the coastline.
It was a similar story in Folkestone where pictures showed hundreds of sun worshippers enjoying the weather.
Whether it be dog walkers, families or friends meeting up along the seafront, both towns resembled seaside towns at their best.
However, the sharp heatwave clearly caught some people off guard with a wide range of clothing on show in both towns.
From jeans and jumpers to bikinis and shorts, people were in all sorts as the first heatwave of 2021 caught some unaware.
The pictures today (March 30) were a stark difference from the images shown at the end of last month.
At the end of February, Margate and Whitstable were busy with people as some mild weather swept across the country.
However, this time both Folkestone and Margate were slightly less busy, despite the hot temperatures.
With kids still at school and the Easter break not starting for another couple of days, the towns would surely have been busier had the warm front been delayed.
That said, with cooler and more normal temperatures looking like they will return for the long weekend it may be a while before we see the Kent seaside towns packed with people once again.
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