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UK weather: Hottest late August bank holiday weekend on record

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Image caption People on Bournemouth beach enjoy the record-breaking temperatures

It has been the hottest late August bank holiday weekend ever - with temperatures reaching 33.3C (91.94F) in west London.

The Met Office confirmed the new record temperature, which was set at Heathrow.

It beats the previous record of 31.5C (88.7F), set in 2001 and again at Heathrow.

And BBC Weather said UK temperatures could reach similar levels on Monday - with highs of up to 33C in south-east England.

On Saturday a new record for Wales was set in Gogerddan, where 28.8C was recorded.

In Scotland, which does not have a late August bank holiday, temperatures were slightly cooler - but still reached 27C in Auchincruive, Ayrshire.

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Image caption Revellers at the Notting Hill Carnival enjoyed the weather
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Image caption A woman cools off by jumping into the sea at Whitby, Yorkshire
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Image caption Beachgoers made the most of the sizzling temperatures in Yorkshire

BBC Weather said that, on Monday, the south east of England could experience temperatures of between 32C and 33C, which would be a national record for the late August bank holiday Monday.

And the London Ambulance Service advised people attending Notting Hill Carnival on Monday to drink plenty of water, use sun cream and remain in the shade where possible.

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Image caption Temperatures across the UK could get even hotter before the late August bank holiday weekend finishes
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Image caption The warm weather meant people had to find ways to stay cool

Last month, the UK's highest ever temperature was officially recorded in Cambridge when 38.7C was measured.

It beat the previous UK record of 38.5C, set in Kent in 2003.

The government's advisory Committee on Climate Change has warned the UK is not prepared for the increase in heatwaves that is expected with global warming.

Earlier this summer, it called for more action to make sure homes and other buildings such as hospitals and care facilities could be comfortable and safe in higher temperatures.

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