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UK weather: Hottest late August Bank Holiday Monday on record

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Media captionSusan Powell with the UK forecast for late Monday and the rest of the week

It has been the hottest late August Bank Holiday Monday ever, as temperatures soared across the UK.

Temperatures had reached 33.2C (91.8F) at Heathrow by 14:16 BST, the Met Office said, beating the previous record of 28.2C set two years ago.

Trawsgoed near Aberystwyth saw the top temperature of 24.3C in Wales, while Scotland's highest was 24C at Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire.

In Northern Ireland, thermometers peaked at 21.2C in Killowen.

On Sunday, the record for the hottest late August Bank Holiday weekend was broken, with a high of 33.3C.

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Image caption A girl splashes in the sea at Blyth in Northumberland
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Image caption Temperatures in London made the 2019 Notting Hill Carnival the hottest one ever
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Image caption People in deckchairs enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth Pier in Dorset

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

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

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Image caption Beachgoers enjoying the sun in Bournemouth, Dorset
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Image caption Swimmers cool down in a lake in Beckenham Place Park in south-east London
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Image caption Men in full armour compete in a jousting contest in Hever Castle, Kent

Meanwhile, in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, beachgoers hoping to enjoy the sunshine were left struggling to breathe after what some witnesses were told might have been a fuel spill.

Police, paramedics and the fire service attended the beach at Fourth Avenue after receiving calls at about 14:00 BST on Sunday.

The cause is unknown and is being investigated.

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Image caption Tourists enjoy the sunshine on boats on the River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon
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Image caption Paddle boarders take to the sea at Blyth, Northumberland

Miriam Lansdell told the PA news agency: "My daughter started coughing. She said 'I don't feel good. It hurts to breathe in'."

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.

Meanwhile, 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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