Huge crowds on Brighton beach as temperatures soar

THOUSANDS of people enjoyed the sun and took a dip in the sea as temperatures soared to 24C on the south coast.

Sunbathers on Brighton beach set up parasols and grabbed their paddleboards to make the most of the warm and sunny weather.

Even the seagulls, which would normally swoop down on unsuspecting people for a meal, were seen resting on the beach as temperatures soared.

The Argus: Seagulls on Brighton beach took a break as temperatures soared along the Sussex coastSeagulls on Brighton beach took a break as temperatures soared along the Sussex coast

Some people were also seen making gravestones from one of the city’s groynes, despite warnings against the practice from the RNLI.

Tombstoning is jumping or diving into water from a great height.

The Argus: People have been spotted laying gravestones from a groyne on Brighton beachPeople were seen erecting headstones from a groyne on Brighton beach

Roger Cohen MBE, Brighton Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: “Jumping off piers and groynes can be incredibly dangerous at any level of tide for a number of reasons such as submerged rocks and strong currents.

“We know it’s tempting to jump into the water from a great height, especially in such great weather, but submerged objects may not be visible and can cause serious injury if you hit them.

“The shock of the cold water can also make swimming difficult, and in some places strong currents can sweep you away.”

The Argus: The RNLI has warned people about the dangers of gravestonesThe RNLI has warned people about the dangers of gravestones

A yellow weather warning for extreme heat is in effect from tomorrow until late Tuesday as mercury is expected to rise to 33C.

A national emergency has been declared by Britain’s Health Security Agency with a Level 4 alert, with a warning that the heatwave could impact transport systems, food, water and energy supplies and businesses.

The Argus: Thousands gathered on the beach or took a dip in the sea as temperatures soaredThousands gathered on the beach or took a dip in the sea as temperatures soared

Temperatures in Brighton are set to peak on Tuesday, with temperatures set to hit as high as 35C in parts of Sussex.

Professor Penny Endersby, Chief Executive of the Met Office said: “This is the first time we have issued a Red National Severe Weather Warning for extreme heat and the first time 40C has been forecast in the UK. In this country we are used to seeing a hot spell as an opportunity to play in the sun. That’s not the kind of weather.

“We have seen that climate change has led to such unprecedented severe weather events around the world that it can be difficult to make the best decisions because nothing in our life experiences has led us to know what to expect.”

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