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In Pictures: Cooling down as temperatures rise

As the mercury rose, beaches and swimming pools became busy with those looking for a way to beat the heat.

A swimmer uses the slide at the Lido in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire (PA)
A swimmer uses the slide at the Lido in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire (PA)

Early cloud made way for another scorching summer’s day for much of the UK.

The Met Office said a reading of 30.8C was taken in Charlwood, Surrey, on Saturday morning – making it the hottest day recorded so far in 2019.

With the mercury tipped to rise as high as 34C, beaches and swimming pools became busy with those looking for a way to cool down.

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By mid-morning beaches around the UK were already packed (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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The chance to paddle in the sea was a welcome relief for many (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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Others opted to take to the calmer waters of an outdoor swimming pool (Jacob King/PA)
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The slide at the Chipping Norton lido was a big draw in Oxfordshire … (Jacob King/PA)
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Pedalo power created a breeze on the Serpentine boating lake in Hyde Park, London (Jonathan Brady/PA)
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A paddle boarder makes their way past Bournemouth beach in Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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Visitors to Green Park, London, picnic in the sunshine (Jonathan Brady/PA)
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A couple make their way across the sand with their provisions for a day in the sun (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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A lemur at Yorkshire Wildlife Park at Doncaster enjoying a specially made ice lolly (Yorkshire Wildlife Park/PA)
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For those off the water, sunscreen an a cool patch of grass was a help (Jonathan Brady/PA)

For those stuck inland – including the thousands at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset – shade was at a premium as queues grew at free water stations.

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A music fan at Glastonbury had plenty of umbrellas on hand to shelter when the sun got too much (Yui Mok/PA)
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Sunscreen was liberally applied (Yui Mok/PA)
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And one festival goers resorted to wearing a bag of ice as a hat (Yui Mok/PA)
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Queues at a water refill station at Glastonbury after single-use plastic bottles were banned from the festival site (Yui Mok/PA)
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The queues grew longer as the heat increased (Aaron Chown/PA)
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You couldn’t have too many umbrellas when shade was at a premium (Yui Mok/PA)
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People carry water dispensers on their backs (Yui Mok/PA)
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And every patch of shade was made full use of (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Ice cream was in great demand (Yui Mok/PA)
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Spectators shelter from the sun during day seven of the Nature Valley tennis international in Eastbourne (Gareth Fuller/PA)
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Fashionable hats were keeping the sun off at the Betfair Exchange Northumberland Plate Day at Newcastle Racecourse (Clint Hughes/PA)
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The beach at Southend was also popular (Nick Ansell/PA)
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People took part in a beach netball tournament at Boscombe in Bournemouth (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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One Pakistan fan at the Cricket World Cup group stage match in Leeds wore some suitable sunglasses (Nigel French/PA)

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