Thousands flock to area beaches

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Southern New Englanders flocked to area beaches on Saturday to beat the heat.

The R.I. Department of Environmental Management announced earlier this week that both Scarborough North and Roger Wheeler state beaches would open early this weekend.

12 News found crowds at Scarborough by late afternoon, with some people even going for a chilly dip. Water temperatures in the bay are still only in the upper 40s and low 50s.

Even though conditions looked hazy, the UV index was still high and if you’re planning on heading to the beach on Sunday sunscreen is recommended.