COUNCIL staff are hoping to have paddling pools at two popular spots back open by the weekend as Hartlepool continues to bathe in glorious sunshine.
Paddling pools on the Headland and Seaton Carew have been closed by Hartlepool Borough Council because of damage to the surfaces.
Officials said in the interests of safety they both had to be shut to the public, but the aim is to have them re-opened as soon as possible.
The closure of the two pools, one near the Heugh Breakwater on the Headland and the other next to the Longscar Centre at Seaton Carew, could not have come at a worse time for parents and their children with the town enjoying a prolonged heatwave.
But council officials hope to have both open in time for the weekend.
A council spokesman said: “Both the Headland and Seaton Carew paddling pools have suffered from damage to the surface recently and in the interests of safety had to close both pools.
“We are currently carrying out repairs and hope to have both paddling pools open for the weekend.”
Sunshine, bright blue skies and warm temperatures have been enjoyed over the past few days and the good weather shows no signs of stopping.
The forecast for today and tomorrow is warm, dry sunny days with top temperatures of 23C with cloud returning to our skies on Saturday and a top temperature of 18C.