People are being urged to stay away from beaches on bank holiday Monday when the North West is expected to see dry, sunny weather.

Temperatures could reach up into the low twenties, following a cooler weekend.

Pictures of crowds flocking to beaches last week have raised fears over social distancing, and councils with responsibility for beauty spots around England are warning people to stay away.

Following the easing of some lockdown measures last week, there are no restrictions on how far people can go to get to the countryside, National Parks and beaches in England.

Formby beach on Sefton coast. Credit: PA

After seeing the number of people who headed to its coastline last week, Sefton Council in Merseyside adopted a new campaign ahead of the bank holiday.

"Wish you weren't here!" is the council's take on the picture postcard message it is sending to people thinking of travelling to its beaches from across the North West.

People are also being advised not to visit Blackpool to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

And the leaders of three local authorities bordering Morecambe Bay have also asked people to think twice before visiting the area.