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In Pictures: It’s a scorcher as UK sun lovers make the most of the heat

The high temperatures were welcomed by many – but not firefighters tackling blazes on the moors.

A woman relaxes in the sunshine on a beach (Gareth Fuller/PA)
A woman relaxes in the sunshine on a beach (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Soaring temperatures saw many Britons head to the beach in an effort to cool down.

It was too much for Yorkshire’s resident polar bears who took to a pond, and firefighters were out on Saddleworth Moor between Stalybridge and Dovestones tackling a vegetation fire which had spread overnight.

Polar bear Pixel took to the water at Yorkshire Wildlife Park (Danny Lawson/PA)
With his friend Victor ready to shake off the soaring temperatures too (Danny Lawson/PA)
In Brighton, the beach was a popular spot to cool down (Gareth Fuller/PA)
The remains of Brighton Pier could be seen from the shore (Gareth Fuller/PA)
A reflection of the Port of Liverpool Building under blue skies (Peter Byrne/PA)
A family of lemurs enjoy an ice lolly at Yorkshire Wildlife Park as temperatures are predicted to increase this week (Danny Lawson/PA)
In Dorset, Boscombe Beach drew sunlovers (Andrew Matthews/PA)
With paddle-boarders taking to the waves (Andrew Matthews)
But others content to just soak up the sun (Andrew Matthews/PA)
The fountain in Chavasse Park in Liverpool proved popular (Peter Byrne/PA)
Dragonfly hover over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Peter Byrne/PA)
In north London the heat was too much for Zaphy, a 12-year-old Devon Rex cat, who found shelter underneath a deck chair (Yui Mok/PA)
The heat wasn’t welcomed by all, with firefighters battling a blaze at Tintwistle (Derbyshire Fire and Rescue/PA)
Dozens of firefighters were also tackling a blaze on moorland in Rivington, Lancashire (Derbyshire Fire and Rescue/PA)

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