Britons flocked to Bournemouth beach on Friday as temperatues were forcast to hit 40C 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.
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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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.”
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