Packed Brighton seafront during the heatwave

Thousands of people ignored warnings to stay shaded and made their way to the beach yesterday as Brighton sweltered in the 30C heat.

The seafront was rammed as the potentially record-breaking heatwave continued. 33C was forecast by the end of the day.

A man died on the beach on Saturday. Emergency services were called to the seafront opposite the Queen’s Hotel at around 7:10pm.

Police said a 37-year-old man was taken to hospital but later died. His next of kin have been informed.

“There are no suspicious circumstances and a report is being prepared for HM Coroner,” a police spokesman said.

A witness at the scene said the man was pulled from the water and the beach area was cleared.

She said: “We saw him being pulled out of the water and revived. The ambulance staff and the police were there within two or three minutes.”

Brighton and Hove is included in the Met Office’s amber weather warning, which is in effect until midnight tonight.

There is danger to life from heat.

The Argus: Ahmad Abouzeid and Hani Hamouda flew over from CairoAhmad Abouzeid and Hani Hamouda flew over from Cairo

A red alert has been issued for some parts of England.

But the warnings did little to deter sun-seekers yesterday. The beaches were packed and students from the University of Sussex, who were graduating at the Brighton Center, were having fun along the King’s Road.

Visitor Ahmad Abouzeid, who came to Brighton on holiday from Egypt, said he had never been sunburned before.

“But now, three days in the UK, and look at my legs, they’re red,” he said.

Lorraine and Keith Coleman traveled from Bromley for the day to enjoy the beach.

The Argus: Lorraine and Keith ColemanLorraine and Keith Coleman

“We do it a lot, wind down for a few beers, but it’s lovely,” Keith said.

“There’s also a bit of a breeze, so it’s great. We were at home in the garden and just had to get out.”

Retailers also made the most of the heat wave.

A woman who only gave her name when Lucy was working in an ice cream truck next to the i360 and said business was booming.

“You couldn’t even see the pebbles on the beach because of all the people, it was crazy,” she said.

The Argus: students graduating on the beach promenadeStudents graduating on the seafront

“It was so great to see everyone outside and enjoying the sun the way it should be.”

But those hoping to cool off in the sea could face travel disruptions. Network Rail warned journey times could double as speed limits are imposed on trains amid fears the heat could warp the tracks. Packed Brighton seafront during the heatwave

Fry Electronics Team

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