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In Pictures: Here comes the sun – Brits get a head start on summer holidays

Surfers and sunbathers took advantage of the conditions.

Relaxing on Towan beach in Newquay, Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)
Relaxing on Towan beach in Newquay, Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)

Sun-seekers took advantage of the quieter conditions on the coast before the summer holidays get into full swing this week across much of the country.

Surfers and sunbathers brushed off the Monday morning blues with a visit to the beach.

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Sunbathers relax in the hot sunshine on Towan beach in Newquay, Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)
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Paddle boarders enter the water (Ben Birchall/PA)
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Surf school pupils get ready for action (Ben Birchall/PA)
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(Ben Birchall/PA)
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(Ben Birchall/PA)
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(Ben Birchall/PA)

There were also sunny scenes in Herne Bay, Kent…

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(Gareth Fuller/PA)
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(Gareth Fuller/PA)
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(Gareth Fuller/PA)

… while the sun brought out the best in this colourful garden in south-east London.

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An apprentice tends the flowers, planted in a Lego brick inspired scheme, in the 1930s-built sunken garden at the Horniman Museum and Gardens (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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