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August weather in pictures: From sunshine to storms

The bank holiday weekend has been unseasonably cool.

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It was a mixed bag on the weather front in August (PA)

It was a mixed bag on the weather front in August (PA)

It was a mixed bag on the weather front in August (PA)

As summer bows out, we look back over a month of weather extremes, with a heatwave – including the hottest August day recorded in 17 years – as well as two unseasonably early named storms.

A sunny start to the month wasn’t without its share of controversy, as crowds flocked to beaches to enjoy the warm weather, raising concerns of social distancing struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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The start of the month saw crowds flock to Bournemouth beach – as temperatures reached the mid-30s (Steve Parsons/PA)

The start of the month saw crowds flock to Bournemouth beach – as temperatures reached the mid-30s (Steve Parsons/PA)

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The start of the month saw crowds flock to Bournemouth beach – as temperatures reached the mid-30s (Steve Parsons/PA)

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The busy scenes at Bournemouth prompted concerns over a lack of social distancing (Andrew Matthews/PA)

The busy scenes at Bournemouth prompted concerns over a lack of social distancing (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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The busy scenes at Bournemouth prompted concerns over a lack of social distancing (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Reuben Hurst, 13, jumps into Charlton Lido in south London (Victoria Jones/PA)

Reuben Hurst, 13, jumps into Charlton Lido in south London (Victoria Jones/PA)

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Reuben Hurst, 13, jumps into Charlton Lido in south London (Victoria Jones/PA)

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Taking the plunge at Southend (Victoria Jones/PA)

Taking the plunge at Southend (Victoria Jones/PA)

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Taking the plunge at Southend (Victoria Jones/PA)

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People walk along Barry Island beach in Wales in early August (Ben Birchall/PA)

People walk along Barry Island beach in Wales in early August (Ben Birchall/PA)

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People walk along Barry Island beach in Wales in early August (Ben Birchall/PA)

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An audience enjoys the Sea Show performance at the Minack Theatre in Porthcurno near Lands End, on August 3 (David Davies/PA)

An audience enjoys the Sea Show performance at the Minack Theatre in Porthcurno near Lands End, on August 3 (David Davies/PA)

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An audience enjoys the Sea Show performance at the Minack Theatre in Porthcurno near Lands End, on August 3 (David Davies/PA)

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Sunbathing in Skegness (Mike Egerton/PA)

Sunbathing in Skegness (Mike Egerton/PA)

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Sunbathing in Skegness (Mike Egerton/PA)

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Sun-seekers at Brighton beach on August 7 (Steve Parsons/PA)

Sun-seekers at Brighton beach on August 7 (Steve Parsons/PA)

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Sun-seekers at Brighton beach on August 7 (Steve Parsons/PA)

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A paddleboarder watches the sun rise at Cullercoats Bay in North Tyneside on August 8 (Owen Humphreys/PA)

A paddleboarder watches the sun rise at Cullercoats Bay in North Tyneside on August 8 (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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A paddleboarder watches the sun rise at Cullercoats Bay in North Tyneside on August 8 (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Soaking up rays outside a beach hut at Bournemouth on August 8 (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Soaking up rays outside a beach hut at Bournemouth on August 8 (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Soaking up rays outside a beach hut at Bournemouth on August 8 (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Waste ready to be collected after a busy day at Bournemouth beach (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Waste ready to be collected after a busy day at Bournemouth beach (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Waste ready to be collected after a busy day at Bournemouth beach (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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People enjoy the hot weather on Boscombe beach in Dorset, on August 8 (Andrew Matthews/PA)

People enjoy the hot weather on Boscombe beach in Dorset, on August 8 (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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People enjoy the hot weather on Boscombe beach in Dorset, on August 8 (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Meadow Bartleet, five, poses for a picture as visitors enjoy the warm weather at the sunflower fields at Becketts Farm, Birmingham (Jacob King/PA)

Meadow Bartleet, five, poses for a picture as visitors enjoy the warm weather at the sunflower fields at Becketts Farm, Birmingham (Jacob King/PA)

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Meadow Bartleet, five, poses for a picture as visitors enjoy the warm weather at the sunflower fields at Becketts Farm, Birmingham (Jacob King/PA)

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A cyclist takes a selfie on the Mall in central London on August 9 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

A cyclist takes a selfie on the Mall in central London on August 9 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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A cyclist takes a selfie on the Mall in central London on August 9 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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Alas, it was never going to last forever. A train passes in Saltcoats on the west coast of North Ayrshire as Storm Ellen approached later in the month (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Alas, it was never going to last forever. A train passes in Saltcoats on the west coast of North Ayrshire as Storm Ellen approached later in the month (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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Alas, it was never going to last forever. A train passes in Saltcoats on the west coast of North Ayrshire as Storm Ellen approached later in the month (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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Waves crash over the harbour wall in Folkestone, Kent, on August 21 (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Waves crash over the harbour wall in Folkestone, Kent, on August 21 (Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Waves crash over the harbour wall in Folkestone, Kent, on August 21 (Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Clouds form over the Solent in Portsmouth (Steve Parsons/PA)

Clouds form over the Solent in Portsmouth (Steve Parsons/PA)

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Clouds form over the Solent in Portsmouth (Steve Parsons/PA)

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The wind catches a woman’s hair in London as Storm Francis hit the UK on August 25 (Yui Mok/PA)

The wind catches a woman’s hair in London as Storm Francis hit the UK on August 25 (Yui Mok/PA)

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The wind catches a woman’s hair in London as Storm Francis hit the UK on August 25 (Yui Mok/PA)

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Giant waves at Seaham in County Durham (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Giant waves at Seaham in County Durham (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Giant waves at Seaham in County Durham (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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But it wasn’t all bad – kite surfers took full advantage of the stormy conditions last week off Tynemouth beach (Owen Humphreys/PA)

But it wasn’t all bad – kite surfers took full advantage of the stormy conditions last week off Tynemouth beach (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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But it wasn’t all bad – kite surfers took full advantage of the stormy conditions last week off Tynemouth beach (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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The sunshine finally returned as the August bank holiday weekend drew to a close, with surfers taking to the water at Long Sands Beach, Tynemouth (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The sunshine finally returned as the August bank holiday weekend drew to a close, with surfers taking to the water at Long Sands Beach, Tynemouth (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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The sunshine finally returned as the August bank holiday weekend drew to a close, with surfers taking to the water at Long Sands Beach, Tynemouth (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Temperatures were a far cry from the highs enjoyed at the start of the month, but these beachgoers were undeterred (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Temperatures were a far cry from the highs enjoyed at the start of the month, but these beachgoers were undeterred (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Temperatures were a far cry from the highs enjoyed at the start of the month, but these beachgoers were undeterred (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Kayakers and paddleboarders at Cullercoats Bay, North Tyneside (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Kayakers and paddleboarders at Cullercoats Bay, North Tyneside (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Kayakers and paddleboarders at Cullercoats Bay, North Tyneside (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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People also headed back to Bournemouth on Bank Holiday Monday… (Jonathan Brady/PA)

People also headed back to Bournemouth on Bank Holiday Monday… (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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People also headed back to Bournemouth on Bank Holiday Monday… (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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… although it was much quieter than during the heatwave earlier in the month (Jonathan Brady/PA)

… although it was much quieter than during the heatwave earlier in the month (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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… although it was much quieter than during the heatwave earlier in the month (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Lunch in the sun at Barry Island, Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)

Lunch in the sun at Barry Island, Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)

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Lunch in the sun at Barry Island, Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)

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Making the most of the bank holiday at Barry Island (Ben Birchall/PA)

Making the most of the bank holiday at Barry Island (Ben Birchall/PA)

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Making the most of the bank holiday at Barry Island (Ben Birchall/PA)

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