South coast enjoys record temperatures

SCORCHER Sun-lovers enjoy a day on Southsea beach ' in October!   Pictures: Malcolm Wells (113485-1306)
SCORCHER Sun-lovers enjoy a day on Southsea beach ' in October! Pictures: Malcolm Wells (113485-1306)
On the evening of October 23,1970 two tankers collided six miles south of the Isle of Wight. 13 crewmen died.

Flames from the oil tanker Pacific Glory could be seen from Portsdown Hill

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TEMPERATURES hit record-breaking levels as the south coast basked in a mini-heatwave.

The Met Office said temperatures at its weather station on Thorney Island peaked at 25.2C (77F) on Saturday.

SUNNY Gemma Goddard, Justine Frith, and Sarah Edwards have a picnic.

SUNNY Gemma Goddard, Justine Frith, and Sarah Edwards have a picnic.

This beat the previous best for October which was 24.9 (76.8F) recorded in 1997.

At its Lee-on-the-Solent base, the temperature hit 25C on Saturday, also beating the previous October best of 21.9C in 2001.

One of those making the most of the good weather was the Yellow Kite Cafe, in Southsea Castle. It had to restock cold beers and ice creams three times in one day.

Owner Gambol Parker, 48, said: ‘Business has been booming. We’ve gone through so much stock.’

Thousands headed to Southsea beach over the weekend to soak up the sun.

David Towns, 31, enjoyed sunbathing in Southsea with partner Charlie Abrehart, 34, and their children Ella, five, and Ethan, seven.

David, from Basingstoke, said: ‘We’ve had a great time chilling out on the beach.

‘There’s plenty for the kids to do and they’ve been having loads of ice creams so they’re enjoying themselves.

‘It’s so weird to think it’s October. It’s beautiful out and it’s great to see so many people.’

Charlie, who grew up in Burgoyne Road, Southsea, added: ‘The kids are collecting seashells to take home with them. We’ve had a lovely time.’

Bernard McDonagh, 60, from Bracknell, Berkshire, travelled down to the seafront on Saturday with partner Christine Farry, 49.

He said: ‘Southsea beach is our favourite spot. The weather is unbelievable.’

Andon Liyanagedon, a shop assistant at Osborne Wines shop, in Southsea, said: ‘It’s been extra busy. We’ve stocked up on extra beers and cider because the climate is so good.’