Britons flocked to Bournemouth beach on Friday as temperatues were forcast to hit 37C at the start of a three-day heatwave. Hundreds of people also headed to other beaches in Dorset to enjoy the weather. Bournemouth Council’s Beach Check app has showed red for most of its beaches.
This means people should “avoid” the strands because social distancing rules may be impossible to abide by.
Red alerts have been issued for strands in Bournemouth, Sandbanks, Mudeford, Avon Beach, Friar’s Cliff and Highcliffe.
Temperatues in Britain are set to soar on Friday, making parts of the country hotter than Barbados.
Bournemouth Council has issued a red alert
Thousands of people headed to Bournemouth beach to enjoy the heatwave
Bournemouth beach in Dorset is one of the most popular swimming spots on the south coast.
Last year it was ranked among the best beaches in Europe, coming in at sixth place behind popular Mediterranean destinations.
TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Beaches awards for 2019 put it closely behind lush beaches stretches of shoreline in Spain, Italy and Greece.
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HM Coastguard on Friday warned swimmers to stay safe at beaches after rescuers responded to 70 call-outs by midday.
Beaches across the UK were crowded as early as 9am, as prepared for what could be the hottest day of the year so far.
HM Coastguard said the number of call-outs is “above average for this time of year”.
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Brighton beach packed with people on Friday
Meteorologists have said Friday could be hotter than July 31 – so far the warmest day of the year – when 37.8C was recorded at Heathrow.
The Coastguard reported its busiest day for more than four years as it dealt with 329 incidents on July 31.
Matt Leat, head of infrastructure and technology lead at HM Coastguard, warned that this weekend’s heatwave could bring a similar number of call-outs.
Crowds flocked to Margate beach in Kent on Friday
Mr Leat said: “The coast is very busy today and that’s grown across the morning and will continue to grow as the day goes on.
“Looking back to last Friday (July 31), we are going to hit that many number of call-outs potentially today and this weekend.”
Meanwhile, the RNLI has called on beachgoers to follow water safety advice and adhere to social distancing rules.
Children enjoy donkey rides on Skegness beach
Last week, the charity carried out 30 rescues in one day on just one beach in Cornwall.
On Friday morning, hundreds of people also descended on on popular beaches in the South East including Margate beach and Brighton beach.
Londoners unable to escape to the coast were seen trying to cool off in The Serpentine in Hyde Park.
Source Daily Express :: UK Feed