SEAFRONT car parks are filling up as people flock to the beach over the bank holiday weekend.

Four of the main beach car parks were already full by 11am on Sunday morning.

Posting on Twitter, a BCP Council spokesperson said: “Sandbanks, Branksome, Alum Chine and Durley Chine are full.

“All other seafront and open space car parks are nearing capacity.”

Local forecaster Bournemouth& Poole Weather said that temperatures could reach between 20C and 22C today with a UV index of seven or eight today.

This weekend has seen the first proper taste of summer with more sunshine and warm temperatures on the cards tomorrow and into Tuesday.

BCP Council said on Saturday that additional enforcement officers will be in place to deal with “irresponsible parking” this bank holiday weekend.

A spokesperson said: “If you park illegally you risk having your car towed away.”

Extra traffic management officers are also in place at a number of key locations and car parks including Sandbanks ferry, Sandbanks car park, Branksome Chine and Alum Chine.

As well as car parks at Bath Road North/South, Overstrand and Sea Road, Avon Beach and Mudeford Quay.

A new park-and-ride service in Bournemouth is running throughout the bank holiday weekend in a move council chiefs hope will alleviate pressure on seafront and town centre car parks.

It runs between King's Park and Boscombe Pier and users will be asked to pay £5 per car to park before they can board a Morebus service, which will run every 15 minutes, for free.

As reported by the Daily Echo on Friday, hotels across Bournemouth are expected to be at full capacity this weekend.

Speaking last week, Tim Seward, chairman of the Bournemouth Area Hospitality Association said: “We are going to get to the stage this weekend when there will be no accommodation left, there will be people coming down looking for rooms and there will be a only a few random rooms left in town."