Britons are flocking to the beach as the nation experiences its hottest Bank Holiday in over 50 years with temperatures soaring to 84F.
Thousands of sunworshippers are heading to coast at Bournemouth, Newquay and Lyme Regis, while others soak up the rays in our parks, as Britain sizzles on the hottest day of August so far.
Hot winds from Europe have brought a heatwave, with the south of England enjoying the best of the day’s sun.
The joint hottest temperature of 84F was recorded in Gravesend, Kent, and in Kew Gardens, south west London.
Surfers, swimmers and families flocked to Fistral Beach today as people soaked up the sun on the final day of the Bank Holiday
Two paddle boarders share a joke as they walk through the shallows at Fistral Beach, Newquay, on the Cornish coast
Holidaymakers and sunworshippers pack out Bournemouth beach in Dorset as Britain is hit by a late summer heatwave
A family relax on an inflatable at Fistral Beach as they soak up the sunshine on the south coast of England this afternoon
Natasha Gillingham and Kelsey Rashord splash about at Bournemouth beach as Britain enjoys the hottest day of the month
People top up their tans in Green Park, London, which was among the hottest parts of the country this Bank Holiday Monday
The north of England and Scotland will experience pleasant conditions with temperatures between 68-78F.
However, while the UK is enjoying beaming sunshine, after a fairly soggy summer so far, holidaymakers in Marbella and Madrid are not so lucky.
Those who travelled to the continent in search of sun have been met with grey skies and deserted beaches as showers drench the Spanish holiday hot spots.
While Brits abroad are experiencing miserable weather, forecasters believe that this bank holiday could be a record breaker in the UK.
Bournemouth beach is packed with tents and parasols as crowds make the most of the sun, with temperatures soaring
The River Cam in Cambridge starts to get busy this Bank Holiday Monday with many taking advantage of the hot weather
Tourists enjoy the early morning sunshine as they amble along the River Thames in central London today
Tourists enjoy a punt on the River Cam in Cambridge, as Britain is basked in glorious sunshine on the last day of the Bank Holiday
People enjoy a picnic on the grassy banks of the River Cam in Cambridge as the south of England is basked in sun
Hikers enjoy a pleasant walk in the sun as enjoy they pleasant conditions in the picturesque Brecon Beacons in South Wales
People enjoy the bank holiday sunshine on Brighton beach in Sussex, which was as crowded as ever on a public holiday
On what was the forecast as the hottest August Bank Holiday Monday on record hundreds of visitors took to Punts in Cambridge to make the most of the last public holiday before Christmas
The Met Office said: ‘It could be the warmest late August Bank Holiday Monday since it was established in 1965.
‘We’ve not a had a run of several warm days for weeks – so it’s good timing for the Bank Holiday weekend.
‘High pressure is over the UK, combined with some air arriving from the near continent.’ .
Lyme Regis in West Dorset is empty at 8am, but just three hours later it is packed with holiday makers as Britons flock to the beach to make the most of the summer sun
The sun is shining over central London as tourists head out for a stroll by the River Thames on the last day of the Bank Holiday
The scorching weather attracted about 100,000 sun worshippers to the seven miles of sandy beaches in Bournemouth, Dorset.
The seafront car parks were full well before lunchtime and people have been queuing for ice creams throughout the day.
Some beat the queues by getting to the beach by 8am and the resort’s 3,000 deckchairs and 1,800 sunbeds were rented out.
A group of young boys and a man hide under umbrellas as they take shelter from the showers in Marbella, Spain, today
A woman soaks up the rays as she reads her book at Fistral Beach, as Cornwall enjoys glorious sunshine today
Tourists plod along rain-soaked roads in the holiday haven of Marbella in Spain, as Spain endures summer showers today
The sun rises over Twickenham in west London today, as temperatures of 86F are set to sizzle in the south of England
The sun rises over a misty landscape at Corfe Castle in Dorset this morning as the hottest Bank Holiday since 1965 sizzles the nation
Early morning walkers could enjoy beautiful skies in Derbyshire this morning as they kicked off the final day of their Bank Holiday