In Pictures: Parks and beaches packed as temperatures soar

A man jumps in the sea (PA Wire)
17:27pm, Sat 17 Jul 2021
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Soaring temperatures on Saturday saw thousands of people hit the beach and green spaces as all four nations of the UK enjoyed their hottest day of the year so far.

It was the hottest day on record in Northern Ireland with 31.2C recorded in Ballywatticock, in County Down, at 3.40pm, beating the previous highest temperature of 30.8C, reached on July 12 1983 and June 30 1976.

In England, 30.7C was recorded at Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire, on Saturday, surpassing the 29.7C recorded in south-west London on June 14.

The year’s highest temperatures so far were also recorded in Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales, at 29.0C, and in Threave, in the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland, at 28.2C.

Summer weather July 17th 2021 (PA Wire)
Summer weather July 17th 2021 (PA Wire)
Summer weather July 17th 2021 (PA Wire)
Summer weather July 17th 2021 (PA Wire)

But Sunday promised to be even warmer, with predictions of 33C in England and south Wales as the summer heatwave continues.

Summer weather July 17th 2021 (PA Wire)
Summer weather July 17th 2021 (PA Wire)
Hammersmith Bridge repairs (PA Wire)
Summer weather July 17th 2021 (PA Wire)

Meanwhile, it wasn’t all relaxation, with health workers running pop-up vaccination centres in parks and at sporting events around the country.

Coronavirus – Sat Jul 17, 2021 (PA Wire)
Coronavirus – Sat Jul 17, 2021 (PA Wire)

Spectators at major golf tournament The Open in Kent were also able to get a coronavirus vaccine while sitting out and enjoying the sun at the Royal St George’s course.

Coronavirus – Sat Jul 17, 2021 (PA Wire)
Spectators in shorts at The Open (PA Wire)

Meanwhile, at Silverstone in Northamptonshire, the grandstand provided some welcome shade for motorsport fans at the British Grand Prix.

British Grand Prix 2021 – Practice and Sprint Qualifying Race – Silverstone (PA Wire)
British Grand Prix 2021 – Practice and Sprint Qualifying Race – Silverstone (PA Wire)

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