Sunseekers flocked to beaches across the country today as temperatures soared to 23C over the glorious Bank Holiday Sunday.

People from all over the UK travelled to coastal towns across England, from Cornwall to Brighton, in hope of catching some rays and taking a dip in the sea.

Hundreds crowded onto beaches across Dorset, seeing Bournemouth seafront packed with umbrella-wielding beachgoers lapping up the sunshine. 

Tourists at Birling Gap, near Beachy Head, East Sussex, were spotted leaning precariously close to the crumbling chalk cliff edge as they looked out onto the blue waters and clear sky.

The continuing high temperatures come as two men tragically died off the coast of Devon yesterday as the country saw the hottest day of the year so far – with four others losing their lives after getting into trouble in open water over the past few days. 

Hundreds of sunseekers flocked to Durdle Door in Dorset today to make the most of the scorching hot sunshine as temperatures rose to 23C

Hundreds of sunseekers flocked to Durdle Door in Dorset today to make the most of the scorching hot sunshine as temperatures rose to 23C

Hundreds of sunseekers flocked to Durdle Door in Dorset today to make the most of the scorching hot sunshine as temperatures rose to 23C

Tourists at Birling Gap, near Beachy Head, East Sussex, were spotted leaning precariously close to the crumbling chalk cliff edge

Tourists at Birling Gap, near Beachy Head, East Sussex, were spotted leaning precariously close to the crumbling chalk cliff edge

Tourists at Birling Gap, near Beachy Head, East Sussex, were spotted leaning precariously close to the crumbling chalk cliff edge

Car parks were definitely filling up at beaches across the south coast today as people flocked to the beach

Car parks were definitely filling up at beaches across the south coast today as people flocked to the beach

Car parks were definitely filling up at beaches across the south coast today as people flocked to the beach

BOURNEMOUTH: The beach In Bournemouth was packed with sunbathers and families on Bank Holiday Sunday

BOURNEMOUTH: The beach In Bournemouth was packed with sunbathers and families on Bank Holiday Sunday

BOURNEMOUTH: The beach In Bournemouth was packed with sunbathers and families on Bank Holiday Sunday

WEYMOUTH: Holidaymakers and sunbathers have flocked to the seaside resort of Weymouth in Dorset to enjoy the scorching hot sunshine during the bank holiday weekend

WEYMOUTH: Holidaymakers and sunbathers have flocked to the seaside resort of Weymouth in Dorset to enjoy the scorching hot sunshine during the bank holiday weekend

WEYMOUTH: Holidaymakers and sunbathers have flocked to the seaside resort of Weymouth in Dorset to enjoy the scorching hot sunshine during the bank holiday weekend

WARWICK: Kayakers took to the waters of the River Avon as they were seen enjoying the warm weather

WARWICK: Kayakers took to the waters of the River Avon as they were seen enjoying the warm weather

WARWICK: Kayakers took to the waters of the River Avon as they were seen enjoying the warm weather

BOURNEMOUTH: Beachgoers head to the coast to enjoy the bright sunshine and warm temperatures in Bournemouth, Dorset, on the bank holiday weekend

BOURNEMOUTH: Beachgoers head to the coast to enjoy the bright sunshine and warm temperatures in Bournemouth, Dorset, on the bank holiday weekend

BOURNEMOUTH: Beachgoers head to the coast to enjoy the bright sunshine and warm temperatures in Bournemouth, Dorset, on the bank holiday weekend 

WARWICK: People in Warwick took to the waters of the river Avon on colourful paddle boats

WARWICK: People in Warwick took to the waters of the river Avon on colourful paddle boats

WARWICK: People in Warwick took to the waters of the river Avon on colourful paddle boats

BRIGHTON: Umbrellas covered the shoreline as people sought shelter from the sun's rays

BRIGHTON: Umbrellas covered the shoreline as people sought shelter from the sun's rays

BRIGHTON: Umbrellas covered the shoreline as people sought shelter from the sun’s rays

BOURNEMOUTH: Hundreds crammed onto the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, with their picnic blankets, umbrellas and tents marking their spots

BOURNEMOUTH: Hundreds crammed onto the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, with their picnic blankets, umbrellas and tents marking their spots

BOURNEMOUTH: Hundreds crammed onto the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, with their picnic blankets, umbrellas and tents marking their spots

Sunseekers have flocked to coastal towns across England, from Cornwall to Brighton, hoping to catch some rays and have a swim in the sea.

As Brighton and Hove enjoyed highs of 71F, or 20C, holidaymakers flocked to the popular resort to let their hair down.

Among them were a group of ladies made the most of the warm weather as they took their hen do to the beach.

Kerri, from Scotland, was seen celebrating the incredible weather as well as an upcoming wedding as she partied with fellow hens at the beach.

Other beachgoers were seen sipping on prosecco and pints as they stripped off to bask in the sun and catch some rays. 

The seafront was also dotted with holidaymakers ready to fend off the sun, with tents and umbrellas dotting the sand.

Many had come to escape the city on the hot day, with Tom and Pam, from London, hauling their camping chairs to Brighton beach to relax with a drink. 

Others donned swimming trunks and bikinis, ready to take the plunge in the icy waters as they desperately tried to cool off.

Jet-skiers were even spotted off Brighton beach, showing off their skills to the crowds lining the shores.

Others took to the water on more slow-moving vessels, including paddle boards and pedalos seen on the River Avon in Warwick. 

WEYMOUTH: Holidaymakers in the seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset, enjoying the sea. People have been told to watch out for each other in the water this Bank Holiday

WEYMOUTH: Holidaymakers in the seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset, enjoying the sea. People have been told to watch out for each other in the water this Bank Holiday

WEYMOUTH: Holidaymakers in the seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset, enjoying the sea. People have been told to watch out for each other in the water this Bank Holiday

BRIGHTON: Brits have been seen cooling off in the sea amid the hot Bank Holiday weather, but were warned of the risks of open water

BRIGHTON: Brits have been seen cooling off in the sea amid the hot Bank Holiday weather, but were warned of the risks of open water

BRIGHTON: Brits have been seen cooling off in the sea amid the hot Bank Holiday weather, but were warned of the risks of open water

BOURNEMOUTH: Marina Ikonnikova, Jane Cox and Natalie Poulter toast to the Bank Holiday at their beach hut in Bournemouth

BOURNEMOUTH: Marina Ikonnikova, Jane Cox and Natalie Poulter toast to the Bank Holiday at their beach hut in Bournemouth

BOURNEMOUTH: Marina Ikonnikova, Jane Cox and Natalie Poulter toast to the Bank Holiday at their beach hut in Bournemouth

BRIGHTON: Kerri, from Scotland, was seen celebrating the incredible weather during a 'Hen' party at the beach

BRIGHTON: Kerri, from Scotland, was seen celebrating the incredible weather during a 'Hen' party at the beach

BRIGHTON: Kerri, from Scotland, was seen celebrating the incredible weather during a ‘Hen’ party at the beach

BRIGHTON: A group of ladies made the most of the warm weather as they took their hen do to the beach

BRIGHTON: A group of ladies made the most of the warm weather as they took their hen do to the beach

BRIGHTON: A group of ladies made the most of the warm weather as they took their hen do to the beach

BRIGHTON: A beachgoer prepares to take the plunge on a trip to Brighton beach today

BRIGHTON: A beachgoer prepares to take the plunge on a trip to Brighton beach today

BRIGHTON: A beachgoer prepares to take the plunge on a trip to Brighton beach today

BRIGHTON: Sunbathers made the most of the glorious weather, with bronzed ladies soaking up the rays

BRIGHTON: Sunbathers made the most of the glorious weather, with bronzed ladies soaking up the rays

BRIGHTON: Sunbathers made the most of the glorious weather, with bronzed ladies soaking up the rays

BRIGHTON: Tom and Pam, from London, enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach

BRIGHTON: Tom and Pam, from London, enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach

BRIGHTON: Tom and Pam, from London, enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach

BRIGHTON: A jet-skier enjoys the hot weather in Brighton today, as the warm Bank Holiday weekend continues

BRIGHTON: A jet-skier enjoys the hot weather in Brighton today, as the warm Bank Holiday weekend continues

BRIGHTON: A jet-skier enjoys the hot weather in Brighton today, as the warm Bank Holiday weekend continues

WARWICK: Some took to the water on slow-moving vessels, including paddle boards on the River Avon in Warwick

WARWICK: Some took to the water on slow-moving vessels, including paddle boards on the River Avon in Warwick

WARWICK: Some took to the water on slow-moving vessels, including paddle boards on the River Avon in Warwick

WARWICK: Paddleboarders took their dog out on the River Avon today to cool down in the warm weather

WARWICK: Paddleboarders took their dog out on the River Avon today to cool down in the warm weather

WARWICK: Paddleboarders took their dog out on the River Avon today to cool down in the warm weather

Car parks were definitely filling up at beaches across the south coast today as people flocked to the beach. 

But one tourist, who clearly wanted to avoid paying for parking on their trip to the seaside, will have undoubtedly had a nasty shock when their car took a dip off the Cornish coast.

Pictures show a convertible BMW washed out to sea after parking on the beach with the coastguard joking: ‘You can’t park there!’

The vehicle believed to be a E93 soft top was filmed off Trevaunance Beach, Cornwall, this morning.

CORNWALL: Pictures show a convertible BMW washed out to sea after parking on a beach in Cornwall

CORNWALL: Pictures show a convertible BMW washed out to sea after parking on a beach in Cornwall

CORNWALL: Pictures show a convertible BMW washed out to sea after parking on a beach in Cornwall

CORNWALL: Social media users were quick to poke fun at the BMW's owner's woes after the footage was shared hundreds of times on Facebook

CORNWALL: Social media users were quick to poke fun at the BMW's owner's woes after the footage was shared hundreds of times on Facebook

CORNWALL: Social media users were quick to poke fun at the BMW’s owner’s woes after the footage was shared hundreds of times on Facebook

CORNWALL: The vehicle believed to be a E93 soft top was filmed off Trevaunance Beach, Cornwall, this morning

CORNWALL: The vehicle believed to be a E93 soft top was filmed off Trevaunance Beach, Cornwall, this morning

CORNWALL: The vehicle believed to be a E93 soft top was filmed off Trevaunance Beach, Cornwall, this morning

St Agnes Coastguard Search & Rescue Team said they were called to the beauty spot at around 8.30am, where they first made sure there was no one in the car.

Their teams then remained on scene whilst recovery efforts took place, before the saloon car was finally removed from the beach by a tow truck.

Social media users were quick to poke fun at the BMW owner’s woes after the footage was shared hundreds of times on Facebook.

One joked: ‘The lengths some people will go to to avoid the ¬£3 car park fee!’

BRIGHTON: Sunseekers relaxed in the shadow of Brighton's historic pier

BRIGHTON: Sunseekers relaxed in the shadow of Brighton's historic pier

BRIGHTON: Sunseekers relaxed in the shadow of Brighton’s historic pier

BRIGHTON: A holidaymaker takes a selfie in her sunnies as she makes the most of the weather

BRIGHTON: A holidaymaker takes a selfie in her sunnies as she makes the most of the weather

BRIGHTON: A holidaymaker takes a selfie in her sunnies as she makes the most of the weather 

BRIGHTON: A cyclist stripped off in the heat as crowds flocked to Brighton to get some cool sea air

BRIGHTON: A cyclist stripped off in the heat as crowds flocked to Brighton to get some cool sea air

BRIGHTON: A cyclist stripped off in the heat as crowds flocked to Brighton to get some cool sea air

Another added: ‘Did someone forget to tell the tide that BMWs can park anywhere they want?’

A spokesperson from St Agnes Coastguard Search & Rescue said: ‘Team tasked to the Trevaunance Beach car wash to make sure all occupants were out of the vehicle and safe.

‘We remained on scene whilst recovery efforts were made and the vehicle was finally removed. Team stood down and returned to station at 10.19’.

They added: ‘You can’t park there sir!’

Bereft of beaches, Londoners took to the capital’s parks on the glorious sunny day.

Most opted for shorts, skirts sunglasses and hats as summer appeared to have come early.

Picnic blankets were spread out by sunbathers, who enjoyed the lush green surroundings of Richmond Park in south west London.

Friends Rebecca Lowe 26, Erika Mantra 26, Emily Severn, 24 and Hazel McClelland, 24, dined al fresco on the grass in sunny Richmond Park.

Revellers were pictured toasting the good weather with bottles of prosecco included in picnic spreads. 

Dog walkers around the country had to set out early to avoid the beating sun as the day went on.

BRIGHTON: People relaxed in their deck chairs, resting ahead of a shorter work week thanks to the Bank Holiday

BRIGHTON: People relaxed in their deck chairs, resting ahead of a shorter work week thanks to the Bank Holiday

BRIGHTON: People relaxed in their deck chairs, resting ahead of a shorter work week thanks to the Bank Holiday

BRIGHTON: Many were tempted to cool off in the sea, taking rubber rings with them

BRIGHTON: Many were tempted to cool off in the sea, taking rubber rings with them

BRIGHTON: Many were tempted to cool off in the sea, taking rubber rings with them

BRIGHTON: The sun was too much for some today, with a family seen enjoying the May holiday staying covered up

BRIGHTON: The sun was too much for some today, with a family seen enjoying the May holiday staying covered up

BRIGHTON: The sun was too much for some today, with a family seen enjoying the May holiday staying covered up

BRIGHTON: Barely a metre of sand could be seen as crowds piled onto the beach in Brighton

BRIGHTON: Barely a metre of sand could be seen as crowds piled onto the beach in Brighton

BRIGHTON: Barely a metre of sand could be seen as crowds piled onto the beach in Brighton

BRIGHTON: A young lad appears to be burying someone alive on the stony beach

BRIGHTON: A young lad appears to be burying someone alive on the stony beach

BRIGHTON: A young lad appears to be burying someone alive on the stony beach

BRIGHTON: Sunseekers have flocked to coastal towns across the country, from Cornwall to Brighton, hoping to catch some rays and have a swim in the sea

BRIGHTON: Sunseekers have flocked to coastal towns across the country, from Cornwall to Brighton, hoping to catch some rays and have a swim in the sea

BRIGHTON: Sunseekers have flocked to coastal towns across the country, from Cornwall to Brighton, hoping to catch some rays and have a swim in the sea

RICHMOND: Friends Rebecca Lowe 26, Erika Mantra 26, Emily Severn, 24 and Hazel McClelland, 24, enjoyed a picnic in Richmond Park

RICHMOND: Friends Rebecca Lowe 26, Erika Mantra 26, Emily Severn, 24 and Hazel McClelland, 24, enjoyed a picnic in Richmond Park

RICHMOND: Friends Rebecca Lowe 26, Erika Mantra 26, Emily Severn, 24 and Hazel McClelland, 24, enjoyed a picnic in Richmond Park

RICHMOND: Picnic blankets were spread out by sunbathers, who enjoyed the lush green surroundings of Richmond Park in south west London

RICHMOND: Picnic blankets were spread out by sunbathers, who enjoyed the lush green surroundings of Richmond Park in south west London

RICHMOND: Picnic blankets were spread out by sunbathers, who enjoyed the lush green surroundings of Richmond Park in south west London

WIMBLEDON: Dog walkers in the bright morning sunshine on Wimbledon Common

WIMBLEDON: Dog walkers in the bright morning sunshine on Wimbledon Common

WIMBLEDON: Dog walkers in the bright morning sunshine on Wimbledon Common

Among them was a couple pictured with their pooch in the bright morning sunshine on Wimbledon Common.

Pets lucky enough to go to the seaside were able to cool themselves down in the ocean air.

A couple of sunbathers were seen beaming as their pup happily ran across the beach in Brighton. 

SOUTHSEA: Beth Sweetman and Eve Rogers enjoy the heatwave on this sunny bank holiday weekend by eating icecream on the beach in Southsea

SOUTHSEA: Beth Sweetman and Eve Rogers enjoy the heatwave on this sunny bank holiday weekend by eating icecream on the beach in Southsea

SOUTHSEA: Beth Sweetman and Eve Rogers enjoy the heatwave on this sunny bank holiday weekend by eating icecream on the beach in Southsea

BRIGHTON: A dad took his little girl for a dip in the sea as the southeast welcomed warm weather

BRIGHTON: A dad took his little girl for a dip in the sea as the southeast welcomed warm weather

BRIGHTON: A dad took his little girl for a dip in the sea as the southeast welcomed warm weather 

Scores of people were also pictured basking in the sun in Southsea, Hants this morning. 

Beth Sweetman and Eve Rogers were enjoying the heatwave as they walked along the seafront, soaking up the rays with ice creams in hand. 

Met Office forecaster Dan Stroud told The Mail on Sunday: ‘For a change we’re having a very decent spell of weather on a bank holiday weekend.

WARWICK: Warwick Castle on the River Avon looked splendid in the sunshine today

WARWICK: Warwick Castle on the River Avon looked splendid in the sunshine today

WARWICK: Warwick Castle on the River Avon looked splendid in the sunshine today

WARWICK: Daytrippers enjoyed the balmy weather as they took boats out on the River Avon

WARWICK: Daytrippers enjoyed the balmy weather as they took boats out on the River Avon

WARWICK: Daytrippers enjoyed the balmy weather as they took boats out on the River Avon

‘Summer is coming. Temperatures will climb again over the next few days, probably exceeding 25C (77F) by the end of the week.’ Meanwhile, it was cloudy in Spain’s famous Costa del Sol, which managed highs of only 22C (71F).

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge added that the high temperatures for the bank holiday weekend were a rarity.

‘We’re slowly getting there. Hints of summer,’ Mr Partridge said. ‘For a bank holiday weekend it’s pretty rare to be that dry and sunny I guess, so we’re not doing too bad.’

Rain is unlikely to trouble the UK over the next few days, with Met Office deputy chief forecaster Steven Keates saying indications are that the dry, bright weather is likely to continue for most – with little in the way of rain throughout next week.

Things are hotting up! Temperatures in many parts of the country are in the low 20s today, even reaching up to 23C

Things are hotting up! Temperatures in many parts of the country are in the low 20s today, even reaching up to 23C

Things are hotting up! Temperatures in many parts of the country are in the low 20s today, even reaching up to 23C

A couple of sunbathers were seen beaming as their pup happily ran across the beach in Brighton

A couple of sunbathers were seen beaming as their pup happily ran across the beach in Brighton

A couple of sunbathers were seen beaming as their pup happily ran across the beach in Brighton

Even dogs got deck chairs as they enjoyed the sun with their owners today

Even dogs got deck chairs as they enjoyed the sun with their owners today

Even dogs got deck chairs as they enjoyed the sun with their owners today

Hundreds flocked to the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset today with their umbrellas and picnic blankets

Hundreds flocked to the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset today with their umbrellas and picnic blankets

Hundreds flocked to the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset today with their umbrellas and picnic blankets

While people will be wanting to kick back and enjoy Britain’s coastal beauty spots during the warm spell, they are reminded that open water can pose a danger.

Two young men whose lives were claimed off the Devon coast are among a number of drowning victims this Bank Holiday, as sunseekers have flocked to Britain’s beaches and rivers amid unseasonably warm weather.

The two men in their 20s died after being rescued from the water off Oddicombe, Torbay, yesterday morning, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The Coastguard and police rushed to the scene at around 9am and pulled the men from the water, with one tragically declared dead at the scene while the other man died in hospital.

Six young people have now died across the UK after getting into trouble in open water. 

Yesterday in Carlisle a 15-year-old drowned. The teenager, who was among a group of young people spotted struggling in the waters of the River Eden, has been formally identified as Lewis Michael Kirkpatrick.

The two men in their 20s died after being rescued from the water off Oddicombe, Torbay, yesterday morning, Devon and Cornwall Police said (file image)

The two men in their 20s died after being rescued from the water off Oddicombe, Torbay, yesterday morning, Devon and Cornwall Police said (file image)

The two men in their 20s died after being rescued from the water off Oddicombe, Torbay, yesterday morning, Devon and Cornwall Police said (file image)

A 15-year-old also drowned in Carlisle yesterday. The teenager, who was among a group of young people spotted struggling in the waters of the River Eden

A 15-year-old also drowned in Carlisle yesterday. The teenager, who was among a group of young people spotted struggling in the waters of the River Eden

A 15-year-old also drowned in Carlisle yesterday. The teenager, who was among a group of young people spotted struggling in the waters of the River Eden

On Wednesday the body of 16-year-old Tyler Wilson was pulle dfrom the River Calder in Castleford, West Yorkshire on Wednesday night after emergency services received reports of a man struggling in the water.

On the same day, the bodies of an 18-year-old and 19-year-old man were recovered by police divers in the High Eske Nature Reserve, near Tickton, with four others being recued. 

Earlier this week, the RNLI urged people to take care as they enjoy the Bank Holiday sunshine, with beaches filling up for the hottest day of the year yesterday and temperatures expected to reach a glorious 73F in some parts today.

The RNLI said there were 226 deaths in the UK from accidental drownings in 2022, across inland and coastal locations, 40 per cent of whom had no intention of entering the water. 

They encouraged people to remember to ‘Float to Live’ if they get into trouble in the water, with research by the University of Portsmouth showing that tilting your head back to submerge the ears is key to staying afloat.

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