Traders, locals and visitors are enjoying a few days of sunshine in Weymouth - a welcome boost after a dreary start to the year.

Temperatures this weekend are expected to go as high as 19 degrees on Saturday, and it follows a few days of dry and warm weather.

Meanwhile, Sunday will start sunny - but a yellow thunderstorm warning has been issued from noon until 10pm.

For traders on the Weymouth seafront, a potential scorcher is a relief following a tremendously wet and miserable winter and spring.

Daren Deadman, owner of The Boat Café on The Esplanade, is stocking up.

He said: "I think it is going to be very busy. I think people these days use apps to check the weather, they are going to see that it is sunny and head to the beach.

"I am looking forward to this weekend. We have had a long winter that seems to have gone on forever so I think people are like 'It's summer now'."

Dorset Echo: Daren Deadman, owner of The Boat Café on The EsplanadeDaren Deadman, owner of The Boat Café on The Esplanade (Image: Cristiano Magaglio)

Sue Bennett, the owner of Benny's Beach Hut on the Esplanade said: "Fingers crossed it is going to be good.

"It has not been a great start to the year, so we are hopeful that it is going to be a good summer. I am stocking up for the onslaught this weekend."

Over at the Cutter Hotel Ice Cream Parlour, on St Alban Street, manager Gill Edwards said: "Everybody is waiting for the Whitsun bank holiday when summer starts. This is just a warm-up."

Dorset Echo: Cutter Hotel Ice Cream Parlour manager Gill EdwardsCutter Hotel Ice Cream Parlour manager Gill Edwards (Image: Cristiano Magaglio)

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Some were already out enjoying the beach and the sun.

Michelle Pearcey from Wiltshire visited the beach with her family.

She said: "We have been coming here for 30-odd years. This is our favourite beach. It is sweet to be able to bring the next generation of kids down. It is definitely the weather that brought us down today."

Dorset Echo: Michelle Pearcey (right) and her familyMichelle Pearcey (right) and her family (Image: Cristiano Magaglio)

Catherine Kilpatrick, from Surrey, was enjoying the break in the weather with her husband and kids.

She said: "I had not been to Weymouth for 15 years when we came together as teens. We have managed to get lots of sun, it has been lovely. We are looking forward to the weekend."

Natalie Heritage from, West Sussex said: "It is lovely today. We have been down for the week, it has been pretty good since we got here. We have our own farm and it was manic for us with lambing season, so this was a chance to relax."

Dorset Echo: Natalie Heritage with her husband and kidsNatalie Heritage with her husband and kids (Image: Cristiano Magaglio)

Gemma Bell from Bedfordshire said: "It is lovely, probably our favourite beach, getting a bit of a tan."