Strange sea fog ruins Bank Holiday for beachgoers in Brighton

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Strange sea fog ruins Bank Holiday for beachgoers in Brighton
Strange sea fog ruins Bank Holiday for beachgoers in Brighton

While most of the country basked in balmy temperatures of up to 22.2C on Bank Holiday Monday, tourists looking for some sun on Brighton beach may have been a bit disappointed - as a band of sea fog threatened to engulf them.

England was hotter than many areas in the Mediterranean, but the sea mist may have put a dampener on the sun-worshipping in the coastal town.

Met Office spokeswoman Helen Chivers told Aol Travel that sea fog is actually very common in the spring because the seas around our shores are at their coldest at this time of year.

Helen explained: "It occurs when warm, moist air blows in from the Atlantic and is cooled from below as it passes over cold seas.

"This causes the water vapour in the air to condense and form fog or low cloud, which is then blown on shore.

"You often find the low cloud and fog drifting inland overnight but as the temperature of the land rises in the sunshine by day the fog will 'burn back' to the coast, as we saw yesterday (Monday)."

Strange sea fog ruins Bank Holiday for beachgoers in Brighton
Strange sea fog ruins Bank Holiday for beachgoers in Brighton

Tuesday could be the hottest day of the years so far, added Helen, but temps are downhill from Wednesday.

"This will be the last warm and sunny day for a while", Helen said. "Temperatures will be in the low 20s in many areas and should reach a high of 23C or 24C this afternoon.

"The change comes overnight tonight and we'll all have a cloudier and cooler day tomorrow (Wednesday), with outbreaks of rain moving northeast across the UK.

"The weather then stays unsettled for the rest of the week and into the weekend, with a particularly wet and windy day likely on Thursday."

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