THE predicted hot weather for the UK could bring an influx of giant jellyfish into the seas and beaches around the coasts.

A huge barrel jellyfish has already been washed up at Portland in Dorset.

Richard Harrington from the Marine Conservation Society said: “This predicted hot weather to come can mean that even more jellyfish are likely to wash up or be in the seas around places like the west-country”.

“Although this species is harmless their numbers are likely to grow fairly quickly as sea temperatures rise. We are very keen to hear from people that find any washed up anywhere around the country. This is an Atlantic species and are sometimes found washed up but still advise the public not to touch them”.

Local resident Suzanne Sheldon reported the find to the MCS and said “I came across this massive jellyfish as I took my dog for a walk on a quiet beach at Portland, it was at least three feet in width and was very bulky too. It was the largest jellyfish I have ever seen”.