There have been few opportunities to enjoy messing around at the seaside this summer. So beachgoers were sure to make the most of a rare dry day during what looks set to be a Bank Holiday washout.
Thousands took to the waves at Woolacombe beach, Devon, Sunday afternoon.
Families and sports fans swarmed the sands, trying their hand at surfing, boogie boarding and kayaking.
Seizing the moment: (Image – Sourced the Daily Mail)
Thousands took to the beach at Woolacombe, Devon, to surf, boogie board and kayak in a rare break in the Bank Holiday rain
Others sheltered from the brisk conditions by huddling behind beach umbrellas.
The Bank Holiday weekend had got off to a miserable start, with torrential rain for many places on Saturday.
(Image – Sourced the Daily Mail)
Families enjoy the balmy weather on Woolacombe beach in Devon before downpours are expected tomorrow.
Jam-packed! Holidaymakers enjoy a sunny Sunday on Woolacombe beach in Devon (Image – Sourced the Daily Mail)
The wet weather means this could be the wettest summer in a century, according to the Met Office.
Figures from selected weather stations show 335mm (around 13 inches) of rain has fallen between June 1 and August 23. It looks set to surpass the most recent record – the 342.5mm (13½ inches) of rain which fell in 2007.
The summer of 1912 saw 384.4mm (around 15 inches) of rainfall.
(Image – Sourced the Daily Mail) In the shade: It is so hot one man needs an umbrella to hide from the sun's rays
This April to June was the wettest period since such records began in 1910, after the heavens opened when a hosepipe ban was declared. Now the summer – June to the end of August – is on track to be another record breaker, although the Met Office says the official figures will not be available until the end of the month.
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