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Great day for the beach
Lara Radic, 7, of Waikiki, joined Montana Harris, 5, of Rockingham, and Sophie Walmsley, 8, of Albany, for a splash in the ocean.

Hundreds of people packed Rockingham Beach and foreshore for Monday’s Queen’s Birthday public holiday, seeking to cool off as the mercury rose past 33C.

Children played happily in the ocean while parents relaxed under large umbrellas, making the most of the three-day weekend.

The public holiday brought out visitors, picnickers and residents in their hundreds to the city’s popular foreshore park.

While some cooked barbecues, others found shelter under the trees from the scorching sun on the hottest day of spring so far this year.

Some families travelled from as far as Albany to take their children to a dance competition at Rockingham, finishing the day at the beach to cool off.

Others were on holiday from overseas and were visiting the city for the day.

While real estate on the sand was at a premium, finding a car park was just as difficult as restaurants, cafes and bars along the foreshore also did a roaring trade.

Meanwhile, plenty of shoppers took advantage of the air-conditioning at Rockingham City Shopping Centre.

Monday’s warm weather was a welcome change from last week’s wild and wet conditions, which saw temperatures plunge to a chilly 4C overnight.

The beach is expected to be a popular place for children on school holidays this week, with the forecast for the remainder of the week expected to hover around the mid- to high-20s.

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