THESE brave swimmers decided to take a dip this morning as February's unseasonally warm weather continues.

Although temperatures will peak at around 12C today, the sea is a much cooler 7C.

Thousands of people have visited the beach this weekend to make the most of our blue skies and warm sunshine.

PICTURES: Time to heat the beach as sunshine heralds the near-arrival of spring

The weather is set to stay beautiful until the middle of the week, with highs of 13C predicted on Wednesday.

Spring doesn't officially begin until March 21 – although lots of people will be hoping we've seen the last of the snow for a while.