MEMBERS of the public have flocked to Bournemouth to enjoy the first of warm weather spells predicted for the town.

Thousands of tourists and residents visited Bournemouth Beach on Saturday where temperatures reached around 24C.

It was the first day of a warm weather spell predicted for the coastline, with temperatures in Bournemouth expected to climb to 27C by Thursday, according to the Met Office.

In a tweet on Saturday morning, Bournemouth-based weather expert Bournemouth & Poole Weather said: “Summer 2022 certainly starting to climb the list of memorable summers.”

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A yellow heat-health alert has also been issued with a 60 per cent chance of heatwave conditions in the south west between 12pm on Tuesday, August 9 and 9am on Friday, August 12.

The warning reads: “Fine, dry and largely sunny weather across the south of England over the weekend will extend northwards into the start of next week.

“As this happens, temperatures are expected to steadily rise, becoming warm or very warm across much of the country and potentially hot across the central southern England. It is likely that the trigger alert criteria will be reached in this area from Tuesday, with a moderate risk elsewhere.

"The hot weather could continue, but this will be reviewed next week.”

Bournemouth & Poole Weather said the mercury could even peak above 30C in some places.

They said: “Here we go again. Early warning of hot weather next week. While nationally absolute max temps won’t be like July’s heatwave we could see 6-7 days of 30C plus."