September? It feels more like summer – temperature at 28C
SEPTEMBER felt like summer yesterday as exceptionally warm weather reached 28.3C.
Beaches saw a notable lack of older children after term started last Monday, so newborns and toddlers took over with parents and grandparents enjoying the peace.
At the bathing pools, Daniel Finding said: ‘It’s nice to get a bit of lunchtime exercise in and get out the office. I usually come down as often as I can, and it’s way better in the sun. It’s beautiful today.’
Charlie Sherbourne had a very warm welcome out of isolation: ‘I’m seeing my family for the first time since the virus hit. I’ve been in Brighton and isolating, but now I’m here with my mum, sister and nephew.’
A water pistol battle kept nephew Hendrick Saunders, 2, entertained as mum Annika Saunders and nanny Jacqueline Sherbourne swam nearby.
‘Originally I planned to come over for three or four weeks, but it’s so nice I might have to stay,’ Mr Sherbourne said.
‘The only thing keeping me in Brighton is my band [The Slaughter House Band], but things are getting worse over there and we can’t do any live shows.’
Alongside Rhianna Barnes, John Clancy said: ‘It’s fantastic really.
‘This is my first swim of the year – it’s so refreshing. We both have the week off, and definitely got lucky with this heat.’
Miss Barnes said: ‘We live in St Martin’s so just walked along the cliffs. It’s really lovely.’
Moving west, Vazon saw plenty of surfers in the sea and beachgoers relaxed on sandy shores.
Surf instructor Ben Perry said: ‘This weather’s come out of absolutely nowhere.
‘It’s been a bit quieter recently with students back at school and uni. It’s good to see people come down enjoying the same passions.’
Surf student Suzanne Mather was chuffed to surf along a wave for the first time today.
Cat Rowles brought her daughter Nylah Taylor to the beach to meet friend Libby Murphy and her newborn.
‘I work part-time and Libby is in her last week of maternity leave,’ Ms Rowles said.
‘It’s the perfect weather for it, but a shame to go back to work. We’re just trying to make the most of it – it goes so fast.’