Seafront packed as Southsea bakes on year’s hottest day

People made the most of the lovely weather on Southsea Beach on Thursday.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142150-3787)
People made the most of the lovely weather on Southsea Beach on Thursday.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142150-3787)
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SUNSEEKERS packed Southsea seafront on the hottest day of the year.

The beach was crowded with swimmers and sunbathers enjoying the weather yesterday.

Jack Randall, 74, of North End, said he had walked to the seafront with his wife.

He said: ‘We think it’s absolutely beautiful.

‘There aren’t many places in the country that would have a view like this. It’s incredible.’

Mike Harris, of Waterlooville, was enjoying a fish-and-chip lunch with his 16-year-old daughter Antonia.

He said the warm weather was the perfect excuse to have his lunch break by the seaside.

Antonia said: ‘I like the breeze, and the smell is great. It smells like summer and food.’

Doreen Cobb, of Southsea, was at the seafront with her husband Anthony.

Mrs Cobb said she was delighted with the summer weather.

‘We’ve just walked down from The Point where we’ve been watching the shipping. You don’t often get weather like this.’

Her sister-in-law Eleanor said she would rather have been in water.

‘I’d love to get in for a swim but I didn’t bring my bathing costume.’

The Met Office reported the temperature hit a high of 27C yesterday at 5pm before the mercury started to drop.

The hot weather is set to continue today with a peak of 26C, before thunderstorms set in at the weekend.

Lifeguard supervisor Rogan Wheeldon said the Royal National Lifeboat Institution encouraged people to swim in the two flagged areas on Southsea beach, where lifeguards are stationed daily from 10am to 6pm.

He said people should remember to take care in the heat.

‘With the warm weather, remember to drink plenty of water and stay in the shade.

‘Anyone suffering signs of heatstroke should approach us immediately and we’ll be able to treat them.’

Portsmouth City Council’s director of public health Dr Janet Maxwell said: ‘Sun exposure can be extremely dangerous so while we want you to enjoy the summer we ask that you stay safe by regularly applying sunscreen, having plenty of cold drinks, and staying in the shade as much as possible.’