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Paddleboarders have been pictured floating past cars stuck in high tides while sun-seekers were spotted standing perilously close to the edge of the Birling Gap cliffs as Britons made the most of glorious 25C sunshine.
The south and east of England are set for soaring temperatures of in the coming days, with a blast of high pressure set to move across the UK.
Ahead of next week’s blistering 32C heatwave, Brits were already packing out pubs, parks and beaches as they welcomed sunshine and blue skies on the back of a miserable summer washout on the whole.
But as Brits packed the coast, some motorists were caught out by the high tides and needed help as they were left stranded. Other photos showed paddleboarders making the most of the deep water as they floated on past on a stunning Sunday afternoon.
Dozens of paddleboarders from the East of England Paddlesports club took to the water at The Strood, West Mersea, near Colchester.
Paddleboarders have been pictured floating past cars stuck in high tides at The Strood, West Mersea, near Colchester, this afternoon
Motorists needed help trying to get out of the deep water after getting stranded in the high tides
Sun-seekers were spotted standing perilously close to the edge of the Birling Gap cliffs as Britons made the most of glorious 25C sunshine
In East Sussex, tourists were seen standing dangerously close to Birling Gap’s crumbling chalk cliffs near Beachy Head. Some sun-seekers were seen sitting on the edge of the cliffs, while others were seen precariously leaning over them.
There has been massive coastal erosion at the Seven Sisters beauty spot in recent years.
It comes as Brits prepare for a 32C heatwave next week in a major end of summer boost. Many flocked to beaches in Bournemouth, while others hopped onto boats in Cambridge or basked in the sunshine in parks.
The Met Office explains that a handful of factors are responsible for the sunny spell expected next week.
The jet stream’s location is among them, which is due to drive away unsettled weather as it continues shifting north.
Meanwhile, the former tropical cyclone Franklin is also due to move into the north Atlantic.
Last week, this escalated into a Category 1 hurricane with winds of up to 85 miles per hour – marking the start of the US hurricane season.
But now drained of energy, its northward migration will allow a build-up of high pressure over the UK.
Some tourists were seen leaning over the edge of the crumbling cliffs as they tried to look down on the beach
Another man sat right on the edge of the cliff as he made the most of the blistering heat in the UK
Brits were enjoying the glorious weather ahead of a 32C heatwave which is predicted to hit the UK next week
The beach was packed this afternoon in Bournemouth, Dorset, as people flocked to the sea to enjoy the warm temperatures
The sands were busy at Bournemouth as beach goers enjoyed scorching temperatures during the Bournemouth Air Festival
Forecaster Jim Dale even believes the fine spell could exceed 32°C – holding the potential to beat this year’s record summer temperature, according to The Mirror.
‘Forget the much-touted 28°C, there’s every chance later this week that the UK’s highest 2023 temp so far will be beaten,’ Jim Dale told the publication.
‘Even as we move into meteorological autumn, the sun’s still got some strength so will still help the temperatures build day by day into the middle of next week.’
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Chris Bulmer said: ‘As high pressure becomes established from this weekend, fine and settled conditions will develop and along with this we will see a rise in temperature across most parts of the UK next week.
People were already out enjoying the nice temperatures today and got a glimpse of the warm weather ahead (pictured here in Windsor)
A man drinks from a bottle at Primrose Hill, in London, Britain, on September 3
Plenty of residents and tourists were out punting on the River Cam in Cambridge today
‘Many places can expect to see maximum temperatures rise to 25°C or above for several days, which would bring some locations into the realm of heatwave conditions.
‘Although the highest temperatures are likely to be in the south and east of England, these areas also have higher temperature thresholds for heatwave conditions to be declared.
‘So, while some areas may just miss out on the actual definition, regardless of thresholds, many areas will enjoy a fine period of weather with plenty of sunshine and temperatures are likely to be the highest for many since June or early July.’
While the fine weather is expected to last throughout next week, the weekend may see a break in these conditions. For now, the Met Office says the timing of this is uncertain.
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