People across the country flocked to beaches and parks as temperatures soared yesterday.

Trains heading to Ayr from Glasgow were overwhelmed by crowds wanting to enjoy a day on the sand during the mini heatwave.

ScotRail initially issued a warning that travellers might not be able to board their first choice of train to the South Ayrshire coast.

But as the day progressed, the rail operator had to ask people to consider whether their journey was essential due to 'exceptionally high numbers of people' wanting to travel.

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Police officers were out in advance due to the forecast - warning the public that social distancing still applies and anti-social behaviour is not welcome.

Trains from Glasgow Central towards Ayr including those stopping at Kilwinning, Irvine, Troon, and Prestwick had queues for boarding.

A ScotRail spokesperson said: "Remember that key workers and other folk making essential journeys still need to travel. Please be considerate and help us make sure they can safely.

"If you can travel another way, we recommend strongly that you do."

Easing of lockdown restrictions mean Scots can sunbathe and meet friends or family from one other household outdoors - as long as they do so in groups of up to eight people, and keep at least two metres apart.

ScotRail had to issue a warning that the last trains home were earlier due to the reduced lockdown timetable.

The operator urged passengers to check their travel plans to avoid being stranded.

A spokesperson for South Ayrshire Council said: "If you’re going out to any of our parks or beaches, please remember to stay safe and follow Scottish Government guidance on physical distancing."

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