UK weather: Weekend washout as heavy rainfall and 60mph winds cause travel chaos and force Camp Bestival to be cancelled

UK weather: Weekend washout as heavy rainfall and 60mph winds cause travel chaos and force Camp Bestival to be cancelled

Heavy rainfall and gusts of up to 60mph have battered Britain during a washout weekend which saw transport chaos and a large festival cancelled.

Revellers at the family festival, held at Lulworth Castle in Dorset, were battered by gusts of up to 45mph, while around 20mm of rain fell over 12 hours.

“When you have got quite heavy rain that follows a dry spell the water struggles to soak into the ground,” said Met Office meteorologist Rachael West.

“It has been very wet and windy – not ideal conditions for camping by any means.”

Cancelled event: Camp Bestival was forced to end early due to stormy weather (Getty Images)

Organisers of the Saltburn Food Festival in North Yorkshire were also forced to drastically scale back the event due to the bad weather.

Founder Lorna Jackson said: “It’s simply unsafe to go ahead. We are gutted for the tens of thousands of people who’d planned to come, and over 100 local food producers.”

Large crowds were seen queuing at Stansted on Sunday morning (Twitter/Jonathan Senior)

Thousands have been hit with flight cancellations and delays so far, the Independent’s travel editor Simon Calder told the BBC.

And the disruption continued on Sunday, with frustrated passengers complaining of long queues and cancellations on social media.

Wales saw the wettest of Sunday’s weather with 48.4mm of rain falling in Capel Curig in the north of the country.

Large waves hit the sea wall amid strong winds in Dawlish, south-west Britain (REUTERS)

The strongest winds were on the Isle of White, which was hit by gusts of around 60mph, while inland areas across the UK saw speeds of about 40mph.

A warning for wind and rain, in place for Wales and the south of England, was lifted on Sunday as the heavy rain and stronger winds pushed further north.

“We did just have some pretty exceptional temperatures in the days just gone so today has got a fairly cool feel with the wind and rain,” said Ms West.

“Temperatures are going to gradually creep up over the next few days into the working week, particularly across England and Wales.

“By the time we get through to the end of the week we could see temperatures in the high 20s or even up to 30C, most likely across the southern parts of England.”

The return of the warm weather will prompt further safety warnings to those thinking of cooling off in the water after a number of unconnected incidents in recent days.

A six-year-old girl died after going into the water at Margate Harbour, in Kent, despite rescue efforts.

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Visitors enjoy the sunshine on the beach by Brighton Pier

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Young Red Deer cool off in a stream in Richmond Park

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Joggers run beside the Serpentine, in Hyde Park, London

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People relax in the sun at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Black-capped squirrel monkeys eat iced treats with nuts and berries during the hot weather at London Zoo

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People relax on the beach at Barry Island, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

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Members of the public enjoy the warm weather by the fountains in Trafalgar square

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People relax in the sunshine on the beach in Brighton.

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Police horses drink from a water fountain during the hot weather in Green Park

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The sun rises over London during a week long heatwave

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Children play in the Diana memorial fountain in Hyde Park

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Thirsty work in Hyde Park

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Steaming at the back of Kings Cross station today

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A boy skips across the beach with his rubber ring during hot weather on Brighton beach.

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Children play next to a fountain in Battersea Park

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People enjoying the heatwave today on Bournemouth beach in Dorset as the hot weather continues across the UK

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Early morning swimmers at the Serpentine pool as the heatwave continue

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Sunbathing by the Diana Memorial in Hyde Park

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People enjoying the heatwave today on Tynemouth beach on North Tyneside

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People enjoying the heatwave today on Cullercoats beach on North Tyneside

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People relax in front of Tower Bridge in London, as the hot weather continues across the country

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A stunning sunrise at primrose Hill

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Beachgoers play in the sea on West Wittering Beach

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Wild deer graze in Bushy Park as the heatwave continues across the UK

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Early swimmers in the Serpentine

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People enjoy the sunshine in Hyde Park in London, as the hot weather continues across the country.

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A young man jumps into the water of the harbor in Brixham, southern England

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Beachgoers gather on West Wittering Beach

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A general view of Greenwich Park in London

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A couple shelter in the shade of a beach hut on West Wittering Beach during hot weather on the first day of the Summer school holidays

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A woman poses for a photo among the flowers in St James Park, London, as the hot weather continue

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Beachgoers play in the sea on West Wittering Beach

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Scorched green spaces surround Windsor Castle

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Commuters battle the searing heat at London Bridge

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Flowers bloom in the sunshine at Whitburn windmill, Sunderland

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A man enjoys the warm weather on the beach in Whitstable, Kent

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People enjoy the warm weather at South Tyneside Festival in Bents Park, South Shields

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General view of boats on the river Thames, including the Queen’s rowbarge ‘Gloriana’ as people enjoy the warm weather during the Thames Traditional Boat Festival at Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire

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People enjoy the beach in Margate, Kent, as the warm weather continues across the country

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Scorcher: People enjoy the beach in Broadstairs, Kent, on Sunday

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A woman soaks up the sunshine

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People in boats on Hollow Ponds in Leytonstone

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People in the paddling pool in Clissold Park, north London

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Office workers enjoy the hot sunny weather while taking their lunch breaks in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster

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People in the paddling pool in Clissold Park, north London

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People enjoy their lunch break in the sun

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People swimming and enjoying the sunshine at Brockwell Lido in London

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Visitors relax on deckchairs in the sunshine on the beach by Brighton Pier

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A jogger runs in Hyde Park, London

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Visitors enjoy the sunshine on the beach by Brighton Pier

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People relax in the sun during lunchtime as they sit on the steps of The Scoop, a riverside amphitheatre, backdropped by the Tower of London

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Young Red Deer cool off in a stream in Richmond Park

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A man dives into the water at Warleigh Weir, near Claverton outside Bat

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Joggers run beside the Serpentine, in Hyde Park, London

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Children cool off in the fountains on the Southbank, London

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People relax in the sun at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Sunbathing on Bournemouth beach in Dorset

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Black-capped squirrel monkeys eat iced treats with nuts and berries during the hot weather at London Zoo

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People sit on the grass enjoying the sunshine in Green Park

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People relax on the beach at Barry Island, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

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Members of the public enjoy the warm weather by the fountains in Trafalgar square

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People relax in the sunshine on the beach in Brighton.

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Police horses drink from a water fountain during the hot weather in Green Park

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A woman shelters from the sun as she lays in the sunshine in Green Park in London

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The sun rises over London during a week long heatwave

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Tourists enjoy the sun whilst they sit on the steps near the Tower of London.

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People enjoy their lunch break in the sunshine near Tower Bridge

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A man beckons a duck whilst he sits in the sun in Trafalgar Square.

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Londoners enjoy the sunshine

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The body of 15-year-old Ben Quartermaine was recovered near Clacton Pier, in Essex, after a search was launched on Thursday.

In Bedfordshire the body of a man aged in his late 20s was recovered from the Great Ouse river after reports someone had got into difficulty there on Friday afternoon.

A man’s body was recovered from the Jubilee River in Slough on Thursday, Thames Valley Police said, and on Friday a body was found by police in Warwickshire searching for a 17-year-old boy who disappeared after getting into difficulty in a quarry lake.