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Heatwave hits the UK

The UK is experiencing heatwave conditions, with temperatures expected to peak at 33C on Thursday.

People have been enjoying the summer weather across the UK, including on beaches in Bournemouth and Brighton.

Beaches in Bournemouth Image copyright Shutterstock

The Met Office has issued a yellow health warning, which covers the west and north-east of England, and refers to conditions between 09:00 on Tuesday and 18:00 BST on Thursday.

A man blows up an inflatable on a beach in Bournemouth Image copyright Shutterstock

Hay fever sufferers will also be impacted as the Met Office forecasted very high levels of pollen across England, Wales and Northern Ireland throughout the week.

Girl sat on a chair on a beach in Bournemouth Image copyright Shutterstock

The heatwave has been attributed to the jet stream looping to the north of the UK, and then back down to eastern Europe, creating an area of high pressure over the country which is not shifting.

People relax in the sunshine on the beach in Brighton, Sussex Image copyright PA

BBC Weather presenter Ben Rich said that the west of Britain, especially the Midlands and south-east Wales, were likely to experience the highest temperatures of up to 30C on Tuesday.

People relax in the sunshine on the beach in Brighton, Sussex Image copyright PA

Away from the hot beaches, glacial lake Lyn Padarn in Snowdonia, Gwynedd, north Wales, was seen here on Tuesday morning.

Lyn Padarn lake in Snowdonia, Gwynedd, north Wales Image copyright Jeff Overs

People made the most of the sunshine in Chavasse Park in Liverpool.

People enjoy the sunshine at Chavasse Park in Liverpool Image copyright PA

The sun created a bright reflection of the Port of Liverpool Building, seen on a glass building here.

A reflection of the Port of Liverpool Building under blue skies seen in a glass building Image copyright PA

Dragonflies were seen hovering over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Liverpool.

A dragonfly hovers over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Liverpool Image copyright PA

A beachgoer headed to the sea with a paddle board at Weymouth seafront in Dorset.

A man carries a paddle board down to the sea at Weymouth seafront in Dorset, England Image copyright Getty Images

The year's previous record temperature had been 29.1C in April at St James's Park in central London.

The current hot weather is expected to last until the weekend, when temperatures are forecast to slowly drop off.

People enjoy the sunny weather at a beach at Weymouth seafront in Dorset, England Image copyright Getty Images

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