People have been warned against swimming at Scarborough South Bay, North Yorkshire (Image: Environment Agency)

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Brits may be planning trips to the seaside this weekend as the weather continues to be sunny and warm.

While the coastline offers beautiful views and a chance to relax, there are some seaside spots where water quality is so poor that people are not allowed to swim.

The bathing water season started on May 15 with the Environment Agency carrying out regular testing of water quality at designated bathing sites until the end of September, Nottinghamshire Live reports.

During the season, the EA will issue warnings of any forecasted pollution risk on its Swimfo website covering over 170 sites.

The water quality at Tynemouth Cullercoats is poor
(Image: Environment Agency)

They will also put up signs at these swimming locations to inform bathers about any possible dips in quality as a result of factors such as rainfall, wind and high tides.

In the autumn the EA will publish its classifications – Sufficient, Good, Excellent or Poor – for each designated bathing water site.

Last year the results were not published due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the classifications in 2019 advised bathers against swimming in the following locations:

Tynemouth Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear

Bathing not advised

Classification: Poor,based on samples taken from 2016 through to 2019

The EA's analysis found that sewage was the major contributor to the reduced water quality found in the bathing water.

Samples taken from ponding water on the beach, one sample on the north side of the beach and another from the south side caves, both showed elevated levels of bacteria, according to Swimfo.

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Scarborough South Bay, North Yorkshire

Advice against bathing: pollution risk warning

Classification: Poor,based on samples taken from 2016 through to 2019

Scarborough South Beach is a popular resort beach situated on the Yorkshire coast. It is 0.5 kilometres in length with a gentle slope.

This bathing water is subject to short term pollution procedures.

The Environment Agency makes a daily pollution risk forecast at this site based on the effects of rain, tide and sunlight on bathing water quality.

Clacton (Groyne 41), Essex

Permanent advice against bathing

The location is no longer designated as bathing water under the Bathing Water Regulations 2013 because the water has been classified as poor for five consecutive years.

Swimfo says it cannot be improved to meet the minimum standard of Sufficient required for all bathing waters.

Clacton in Essex is no longer designated as a bathing area
(Image: Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Weston-Super-Mare Uphill Slipway, North Somerset

Bathing not advised

Classification: Poor,based on samples taken from 2016 through to 2019

Investigations are ongoing to determine the causes of pollution at Weston-Super-Mare Uphill Slipway, on the Bristol Channel.

In 2020, 57 pollution risk warnings were issued for this bathing water.

Burnham Jetty North, Somerset

Permanent advice against bathing

Just as Clacton, Burnham Jetty North is no longer designated as bathing water because it has been classified as poor for five consecutive years.

Combe Martin, Devon

Bathing not advised

Classification: Poor,based on samples taken from 2016 through to 2019

Combe Martin is a small resort, in a sheltered valley, at the western edge of Exmoor National Park on the north Devon coast.

Since 2009 the Environment Agency has used a DNA tracing technique to help identify whether sources of faecal pollution are human or animal.

The Environment Agency has worked with local farmers to prevent livestock access to the river, to provide alternative farm animal drinking systems and control yard run-off.

It is working to resolve any outstanding issues that have been identified and will continue its investigations during 2021.

Bathing is not advised at Combe Martin
(Image: Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Ilfracombe Wildersmouth, Devon

Permanent advice against bathing

It is no longer designated as a bathing water under the Bathing Water Regulations 2013 because the water has been classified as poor for five consecutive years.

Instow, Devon

Permanent advice against bathing

Like Ilfracombe Wildersmouth, it is no longer designated as bathing water as it has been classified as poor for five consecutive years.