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In Pictures: The heat is on as bank holiday Monday breaks records

The mercury hit a sweltering 28.7C (83.6F) in parts of the South East.

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Philip Tokarcyk, aged two, enjoys the sunshine on the Stray in Harrogate (Nigel Roddis/PA)

Philip Tokarcyk, aged two, enjoys the sunshine on the Stray in Harrogate (Nigel Roddis/PA)

Philip Tokarcyk, aged two, enjoys the sunshine on the Stray in Harrogate (Nigel Roddis/PA)

Fans of warmer weather were treated to record temperatures on Bank Holiday Monday.

Forecasters said the mercury hit 28.7C (83.6F) in Northolt, west London, on Monday afternoon, beating the previous record for the day of 23.6C in 1999.

The previous record for the hottest full weekend was set in 1995 when temperatures peaked on the Saturday at 28.6C (83.4F)

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People enjoying the hot weather on Brighton beach (Steve Parsons/PA)

People enjoying the hot weather on Brighton beach (Steve Parsons/PA)

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People enjoying the hot weather on Brighton beach (Steve Parsons/PA)

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Spring weather May 7th 2018

Spring weather May 7th 2018

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Spring weather May 7th 2018

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Spring weather May 7th 2018

Spring weather May 7th 2018

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Spring weather May 7th 2018

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Spring weather May 7th 2018

Spring weather May 7th 2018

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Spring weather May 7th 2018

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People admire the view of the Seven Sisters Cliffs in Sussex through a heat haze (Catherine Wylie/PA)

People admire the view of the Seven Sisters Cliffs in Sussex through a heat haze (Catherine Wylie/PA)

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People admire the view of the Seven Sisters Cliffs in Sussex through a heat haze (Catherine Wylie/PA)

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Ice cream was on the menu for many this bank holiday Monday (Yui Mok/PA)

Ice cream was on the menu for many this bank holiday Monday (Yui Mok/PA)

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Ice cream was on the menu for many this bank holiday Monday (Yui Mok/PA)

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Forecasters said the mercury hit 25.1C (77.1F) in Gosport, on Monday morning (Yui Mok/PA)

Forecasters said the mercury hit 25.1C (77.1F) in Gosport, on Monday morning (Yui Mok/PA)

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Forecasters said the mercury hit 25.1C (77.1F) in Gosport, on Monday morning (Yui Mok/PA)

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A woman takes a photo of the wildlife in Regent’s Park, London (Yui Mok/PA)

A woman takes a photo of the wildlife in Regent’s Park, London (Yui Mok/PA)

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A woman takes a photo of the wildlife in Regent’s Park, London (Yui Mok/PA)

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The May Bank Holiday was introduced in 1978 and the temperature has never topped the 28C mark before (Steve Parsons/PA)

The May Bank Holiday was introduced in 1978 and the temperature has never topped the 28C mark before (Steve Parsons/PA)

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The May Bank Holiday was introduced in 1978 and the temperature has never topped the 28C mark before (Steve Parsons/PA)

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It was the perfect day for one newly-wed couple to have their photos (Yui Mok/PA)

It was the perfect day for one newly-wed couple to have their photos (Yui Mok/PA)

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It was the perfect day for one newly-wed couple to have their photos (Yui Mok/PA)

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The blossom on the Stray in Harrogate also made for an enticing picture (Nigel Roddis/PA)

The blossom on the Stray in Harrogate also made for an enticing picture (Nigel Roddis/PA)

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The blossom on the Stray in Harrogate also made for an enticing picture (Nigel Roddis/PA)

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The beach beside the Seven Sisters Cliffs in Sussex was popular with sun-seekers (Catherine Wylie/PA)

The beach beside the Seven Sisters Cliffs in Sussex was popular with sun-seekers (Catherine Wylie/PA)

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The beach beside the Seven Sisters Cliffs in Sussex was popular with sun-seekers (Catherine Wylie/PA)

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Wolverhampton Wanderers fans soaked up the sun during their winner’s parade after topping the Championship (Joe Giddens/PA)

Wolverhampton Wanderers fans soaked up the sun during their winner’s parade after topping the Championship (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Wolverhampton Wanderers fans soaked up the sun during their winner’s parade after topping the Championship (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Some people took to a pedalo on Regent’s Park lake in an effort to cool down (Yui Mok/PA)

Some people took to a pedalo on Regent’s Park lake in an effort to cool down (Yui Mok/PA)

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Some people took to a pedalo on Regent’s Park lake in an effort to cool down (Yui Mok/PA)

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A champagne bottle on Brighton Beach left one gull less than impressed on Monday morning (Steve Parsons/PA)

A champagne bottle on Brighton Beach left one gull less than impressed on Monday morning (Steve Parsons/PA)

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A champagne bottle on Brighton Beach left one gull less than impressed on Monday morning (Steve Parsons/PA)

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