Britons set to enjoy the hottest temperatures of the year this weekend are being urged to stay safe by the emergency services charged with saving those who get into trouble.
Much of England is due to feel the benefits of an area of high pressure moving up from across the south west from Friday.
Parts of Scotland and much of Wales will also enjoy the year’s warmest day to date, as temperatures hit the mid-to-late 20s.
Pip Hare, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Coastal Safety Manager, said: “With the school holidays about to start and the weather set to get better, it’s likely people will want to make the most of it and head to the beach.
“The RNLI’s advice is to choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags, which is the area most closely monitored by the lifeguards.”
Those using other beaches should check the weather and tide times, and follow the advice shown on safety signs at the beach entrance, she said.
They also advise protecting yourself from the sun, advising people to “slip, slap, slop – slip on a T-shirt, slap on a hat and slop on some suncream” and drink plenty of fluids.
The RNLI have worked with the Met Office to produce a video about staying safe on the beach, and have a beach finder mobile app available.