BEACH-GOERS have been making the most of the May sunshine today.

Brighton and Hove’s signature pebbles have provided the perfect escape for sun-lovers after weeks of stringent lockdown rules kept them cooped up in their homes.

The rules were eased last Wednesday, with people now able to go for a picnic, sunbathe and relax in public places with members of their household.

Social distancing guidelines are still encouraged, with people urged to stay two metres away from those who they do not live with.

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Today, many people have taken full advantage of this loosening of the lockdown rules and headed for Brighton beach as the city basks in Summer sun.

The warm weather is set to be even hotter tomorrow, with the Met Office predicting highs of 21C from noon until 4pm.

New lockdown guidelines also allows people to return to the sea. Several seafarers have been snapped kayaking and paddleboarding, while many swimmers have also been seen enjoying a quick dip.

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But the RNLI and Coastguard have both released warnings urging people to be careful when swimming at this time.

Claire Hughes, director of HM Coastguard said: “In England, now more than ever, people need to respect the sea and the coast.

“Whether you’re local or not, whatever your ability or experience in your chosen sport or leisure activity, the sea can still catch you out and be unmerciful when it does.

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“The majority of beaches will not have lifeguards on duty. If you get into trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard and we will come to your aid.

“But coronavirus hasn’t gone away and we all need to follow the rules. Remember your choices might put people, including yourself and frontline responders, at risk. Take extra care in these extraordinary times.”

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Some authorities have joined the coastguard in issuing warnings over the use of Sussex beauty spots following the easing of the lockdown.

Shortly after 12.20pm, a Rother District Council spokesman said: “It is currently high tide at Camber beach leaving only a small strip of sand for beach-goers.

“It is already very busy, making social distancing increasingly difficult. There are also no lifeguards – please stay safe and consider whether you need to go to the beach today.”

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