And after widespread flouting of COVID-19 restrictions in the current warm spell, beleaguered resorts are on red alert. There were ugly scenes up and down the country over the weekend as drunken groups ignored social distancing. A brawl erupted on Brighton seafront outside the packed Music Hall bar.
Women were seen trading punches in front of cheering crowds, with not a face mask in sight, and the fighting spread as security guards tried to break up the melee.
Images of the fracas are likely to increase pressure on the Government to close pubs if revellers cannot be trusted to observe measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The shocking images, caught on camera by a passer-by, were seen at the packed Music Hall bar on Saturday night.
One man who witnessed the scenes said: “A minor disagreement erupted into a full-scale fight. It was very warm and large numbers of people had been drinking all afternoon, ignoring social distancing measures.
“I think the hot weather and drink is a recipe for disaster when it comes to the Government’s Covid policies.”
Police were not called to the incident.
Other seaside resorts also reported huge influxes of rowdy holidaymakers, apparently keen to let off steam after lockdown.
Despite warnings from authorities to stay away, around 100,000 packed the beach at Bournemouth.
Some Cornish resorts were even labelled “Benidorm on steroids” after floods of visitors left residents too scared to leave home to go shopping for food.
Street marshals have been patrolling hotspots in the county after “stampedes” of visitors were seen snubbing social distancing, despite warning signs being put in place.
Claire Harris, 37, a St Ives resident who manages holiday lets, said her family was “too scared to go food shopping”.
Vicky White, of Newlyn, near Penzance, said: “It makes me uneasy to go out with my kids. It is sad for residents to not be able to enjoy where they live.”
Staff at local convenience stores were reportedly subjected to “unreal” amounts of abuse when they tried to enforce social distancing.
Royden Paynter, the harbour master at Mousehole, said: “We’ve been hit with a stampede. Everybody is a bit more stressed this year, they don’t move out of your way.”
There were also busy scenes outside pubs in major cities and towns including Manchester, Leeds, London and Blackpool.
While conditions cooled over the weekend, the Met Office said that hot weather would sit across the UK by Friday.
A spokesman said: “There are increasing signs many parts will become very warm towards the end of the week.”
Meanwhile, a man in his 40s died after being pulled from the sea at Pedn Vounder Beach, near Porthcurno.
Devon and Cornwall Police said they were contacted by the coastguard at 1.30pm on Saturday to reports that a man had got into difficulty.
They said members of the public and medical staff could not revive him, adding: “The next of kin have been informed and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”