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In Pictures: Cooling down as temperatures edge up

The blue skies could make way for thunder clouds later.

Freddie Ward jumps into the water at Ilkley outdoor pool and lido in West Yorkshire (Danny Lawson/PA)
Freddie Ward jumps into the water at Ilkley outdoor pool and lido in West Yorkshire (Danny Lawson/PA)

The UK was enjoying another balmy day, with the prospect of temperatures hitting a record for the time of year.

But thunderstorms were forecast for the evening, with a yellow severe weather warning covering most of England, Wales and Scotland from 6pm on Tuesday until 9am on Wednesday.

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The water was a popular way to cool down as the school holidays began in many areas (Danny Lawson/PA)
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People punt past the Botanic Gardens in Oxford (Steve Parsons/PA)
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Temperatures were expected to peak in the high 30s (Steve Parson/PA)
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It was hot work for Morris dancers gathered outside Parliament for a protest over the date of next year’s early May bank holiday (Yui Mok/PA)
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After a spell of dancing, a spot of shade was welcomed (Yui Mok/PA)
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Freddie Ward jumps into the water at Ilkley outdoor pool and lido in West Yorkshire (Danny Lawson/PA)
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Yasmin Amindari enjoys an ice cream at Ilkley (Danny Lawson/PA)
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A view of the loggia at Hever Castle in Kent through new flower meadows (Gareth Fuller/PA)
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and her son James, Viscount Severn, were spotted feeding a giraffe during a visit to Bear Wood at the Wild Place Project in Bristol (Jacob King/PA)
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Thunderstorms were also predicted, although blue skies were predominant earlier in the day (Steve Parsons/PA)
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The current record for a day in July is 36.7C at Heathrow Airport in 2015 (Gareth Fuller/PA)

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