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UK weather: Beaches busy as hot weather continues

UK weather: Beaches busy as hot weather continues

Bournemouth seafront was once again a popular draw as crowds descended on its sandy shores and took refuge under colourful parasols
Temperatures have surged for a second day in a row in parts of the UK, peaking at 34.5C in Frittenden, Kent.The Met Office issued a level three health warning in south-east England - where temperatures are not expected to fall until mid-week - but it was some 20C cooler in parts of Scotland.
UK weather: Beaches busy as hot weather continues

Lifeguards and other emergency services were on duty in case of accidents or anti-social behaviour. Here a lifeguard patrols at Boscombe beach in Dorset
As sun worshippers in the south headed to the nearest stretch of coast, people appeared unfazed by the crowds - and the seemingly limited social distancing - relishing the opportunity to get out in the fresh air and "do normal things".One man in Bournemouth told the BBC he was "not at all worried" by the number of people on the beach."We're out in the open and it's fresh air and I think it's perfectly alright," he said.
"This does more good than bars."
UK weather: Beaches busy as hot weather continues

Another beachgoer said the crowds at Bournemouth were to be expected on such a hot day."I'm not at all surprised. We expected this. We're loving it. "It's great to be amongst people in the sun and the sea, just doing normal things," she said."From what I observe, I think everyone is keeping a respectful distance. I've not seen anything troublesome that's made me slightly uneasy. It just feels good to be here."
UK weather: Beaches busy as hot weather continues

UK weather: Beaches busy as hot weather continues

Several beaches around Bournemouth and Poole were given a "red alert" on Saturday because of the volume of people - suggesting it may not be possible to stay a safe distance apart and minimise coronavirus risks
UK weather: Beaches busy as hot weather continues

There were also large crowds at Southend beach in Essex...
UK weather: Beaches busy as hot weather continues

... but some found it easier to socially distance
UK weather: Beaches busy as hot weather continues

Back in Bournemouth, beachgoers told the BBC they could keep their distance despite the crowds...
UK weather: Beaches busy as hot weather continues

"It's actually quite quiet," said a man who had travelled to Bournemouth from Guildford. "I've seen this place much busier and today it's not too bad. Everyone is keeping their distance - no one is in your face really."
UK weather: Beaches busy as hot weather continues

But one woman was a little more concerned by the crowds: "I'm quite shocked at how busy it is," she told the BBC, although she added that most people appeared to be social distancing.
UK weather: Beaches busy as hot weather continues

Brighton was also packed with beachgoers enjoying the sunshine...
UK weather: Beaches busy as hot weather continues

... as was Margate beach in Kent
UK weather: Beaches busy as hot weather continues

The long, sunny days are expected to be followed by tropical nights - swimmers enjoying the daytime heat in Southend beach
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