RESIDENTS and visitors are being urged to all “play their part” in ensuring public safety as a heatwave hits Dorset this weekend.

Temperatures are expected to remain consistently high over several days, with heatwave warning in force.

Authorities are keen to prevent chaotic scenes on beaches like those witnessed in June, while also welcoming people back to the county to aid the recovery of the hospitality industry.

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A joint statement from councils, police, fire and NHS leaders said measures are in place to cope with any additional demand that could be placed on their services.

Swanage and Wareham Voice: Bournemouth beach last Friday near the pierBournemouth beach last Friday near the pier

Supt Richard Bell, of Dorset Police, said: “We have seen a significant increase in demand during the last few weeks with the good weather attracting thousands more people to Dorset.

“We would ask anyone coming to the area to be prepared; it will be busy, please take care on our roads and respect the fact that many beaches will be near capacity and you may need to change your plans and find another less busy location.

“We are working closely with our partners to maintain a safe environment for everyone, but it is critical people act responsibly, park considerately and remember that COVID-19 has not gone away. Everyone must play their part in maintaining the safety for residents and visitors alike.”

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Councillor Mark Howell, deputy leader of BCP Council, said: “This weekend is looking like it will be the hottest for many years and whilst we recognise many people will be intent on enjoying a day at the beach, we urge everyone to remain vigilant about their personal safety as we are still in a pandemic and take responsibility for their actions.

Swanage and Wareham Voice: BCP Council deputy leader Mark HowellBCP Council deputy leader Mark Howell

“The council will be working closely with its multi-agency partners throughout the weekend and should visitor numbers rise we have plans in place and resources available to respond to ensure the area is managed safely.”

The authorities said they are confident the “robust plans” will be able to manage high visitor numbers.

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Doctor Forbes Watson, chair of NHS Dorset CCG, said: “Whilst we are past the initial peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for us to remain vigilant and stay alert to stay safe.

Swanage and Wareham Voice: Doctor Forbes WatsonDoctor Forbes Watson

“With this in mind we are asking people to help reduce the spread of the virus by listening and adhering to the national advice, but don’t put off seeking help if you need it and when you do need it, use the most appropriate care for your needs.”

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The risk of wildfires is also high and fire service chiefs have issued a stark warning.

Area manager Craig Baker, left, of Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “While we completely understand that people will want to get outside and enjoy the glorious weather, we do ask that they take a picnic or buy a takeaway rather than use a disposable barbecue or campfire.

Swanage and Wareham Voice: Fire service area manager Craig BakerFire service area manager Craig Baker

"This weekend carries an amber risk of wildfire and nobody wants to see another fire like the one that destroyed so much of Wareham Forest in May.

“We also ask parents and families to ensure that children are staying safe when outdoors, as we do see an increase in deliberate fires at this time of year.”