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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.

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.

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

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