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Warm weather to stay for most of UK

Much of the UK will stay very warm this week after the country sweltered on its hottest day of the year.

Temperatures reached a high of 30.9C (87.6F) at Gravesend in Kent on Sunday, putting conditions on a par with Mediterranean holiday resorts and hotter than the holiday island of Bermuda's 29C (84F).

Forecasters have said much of England will remain warmer than average for the rest of the week, especially in the South East where the mercury will stay in the high 20s through to Friday at least.

Elsewhere temperatures will see a return to normal from Tuesday onwards, with parts of north west England and Wales experiencing some rain.

More than 100,000 people packed onto the beaches of Bournemouth and Brighton on Sunday to enjoy the hot weather, with some city dwellers taking to fountains to keep cool.

London and the south of England saw the warmest conditions, with St James's Park in central London reaching 30.1C (86.2F) and Heathrow Airport a high of 30.6C (87.1F).

Music fans also enjoyed the "hottest ever" Glastonbury festival in Somerset - ditching their wellies for the duration for the first time in years.

Before Sunday, the hottest day of the year was May 24 when the temperature reached 28.8C (84F) at Heathrow Airport and the Olympic Park in east London.

The sweltering conditions prompted bookmakers to cut the odds of a record-breaking summer as thousands flocked to beaches or soaked up the rays with barbecues and parties in the garden to watch the World Cup.

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