In pictures: Bridlington basks in glorious summer sunshine as heatwave continues

Pictures by Mike Hopps

Bridlington's South Beach
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Warm, humid air originating from the tropical Atlantic has brought a taste of summer warmth across East Yorkshire with the hot weather extending into next week.

With plenty of sunshine, temperatures are expected to widely climb into the mid to high 20°C’s with some central and southeastern parts of England reaching the low 30°C’s, although it will be cooler near western, and some southern coasts, where sea breezes develop.

Further north, the weather will be more changeable, with areas of cloud and rain affecting Scotland and Northern Ireland at times, although there will still be some dry, warm and sunny conditions across southern and eastern Scotland and Northern Ireland with temperatures in the low to mid 20°C’s.

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Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “With high pressure building from the south west and warm air being drawn up from the Azores, the south of England will be very warm or hot this weekend and into next week. Daytime temperatures will widely be in the mid to high 20°C’s with some central and southeastern parts reaching the low 30°C’s. It will also feel warm and humid overnight.

“Looking ahead to next week, it’s likely that the very warm weather will continue across southern parts of the UK, although it could turn more unsettled later in the week with a risk of some thundery downpours.”

Although fine, sunny weather is welcomed by most, the clear skies mean that UV levels will be high over the coming days and so people should take care when outside enjoying the warm weather, especially between 11am and 3pm. Pollen levels are also high or very high across England and Wales with lower levels in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Met Office maintains the UK’s official weather statistics which show that it’s not unusual to see temperatures in excess of 30°C in June – we can expect to see at least one day where a temperature of over 30°C is recorded in three years out of ten.

The last time we saw temperatures exceed 30 degrees in June was 30th June 2015 when temperatures reached 30.5 at Northolt, London during the afternoon of that day. However, standard climate observations record maximum temperatures over a 24 hour period from 0900 GMT to 0900 GMT and the highest temperature reached during the standard climatological day was 32.5 degrees at Heathrow just before 0900 on 1st July at the start of what became a record breaking hot July day.

Earlier in the week Bridlington  emerged as one of the top 10 UK destinations for holidaymakers, according to research by global hotel search platform trivago.

This year, trivago.co.uk reveals the UK’s emerging local destinations as part of their annual Global Summer Trends research.

Using exclusive price data from the past two years on trivago platforms around the world, trivago has identified the destinations that have seen the largest increase in local popularity over this period from UK users.

Wareham, Dorset is the number one emerging destination for British holidaymakers in the UK. Wareham is the destination that has seen the largest increase in searches on the UK trivago platform.

Bridlington Harbour side

Three of top ten towns are in Yorkshire, making it the most featured region in the results; Bridlington, Thirsk & Kingston-Upon-Hull are in fifth, sixth and tenth place respectively.

Norfolk is the second most featured region, with Hunstanton (fourth place) and Cromer (ninth place) both seeing great increases in popularity.

The Welsh town of Barmouth, the only destination outside of England to feature, is the third local favourite.

Over the channel, France’s top local destination is Chessy, well known as the location of Disneyland Paris, whilst Ibiza’s neighbouring island, Formentera, takes the top spot for the Spanish.

Bridlington North Beach with the beautiful backdrop of Sewerby Cliffs

The news on Bridlington’s success has been welcomed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which promotes the town through the Visit Hull & East Yorkshire (VHEY) tourism partnership.

Councillor Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, said: “Bridlington has a really unique tourism offer, from traditional beach breaks to busy weekends of art and culture.

“There really is something for all the family to enjoy, including the magnificent seabird colonies of RSPB Bempton, the incredible leisure facilities offered by the new £25 million East Riding Leisure Bridlington, the comprehensive entertainment programme at Bridlington Spa and the historic hall and gardens at Sewerby.

“Working with our private sector partners, the council is committed to growing the tourism industry in the East Riding and continues to promote the area locally, nationally and internationally.”

The Bridlington is one of three Yorkshire destinations to have made the list, alongside Thirsk and Kingston-upon-Hull, the UK City of Culture for 2017, and was the top rated location from the county in fifth place.

Top 10 Emerging UK Destinations

 

The list is compiled through trivago’s annual Global Summer Trends research, which uses data from the past two years from its platforms. This then identifies the destinations that have seen the largest increase in local popularity over this period from UK users.

Councillor Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, said: “Bridlington has a really unique tourism offer, from traditional beach breaks to busy weekends of art and culture.

“There really is something for all the family to enjoy, including the magnificent seabird colonies of RSPB Bempton, the incredible leisure facilities offered by the new £25 million East Riding Leisure Bridlington, the comprehensive entertainment programme at Bridlington Spa and the historic hall and gardens at Sewerby.

“Working with our private sector partners, the council is committed to growing the tourism industry in the East Riding and continues to promote the area locally, nationally and internationally.”

Bridlington’s South Beach

 

Onlookers Driffield

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