Summer holidays may officially be over but many have grabbed the opportunity to enjoy a rare sunny day (Picture: PA / SWNS / EPA)
Much of the UK is basking in high temperatures as a three-day heatwave rounds off a fairly miserable summer.
After a school holidays that was mostly overcast and rainy, the hot weather has finally returned for the start of the new term.
Many have still managed to make the most of the warmer than average temperatures, with sunbathers spotted in parks and on beaches.
Several also used the opportunity to take to the water in boats as the mercury pushed up to 27C on Monday.
The hot spell has also coincided with a return to the office for many, some of whom haven’t been in their workplaces for 18 months due to Covid.
Summer officially ended meteorologically speaking on August 31 but the weather now is hotter than it has been for much of the last few months.
Temperatures were hovering around the mid-20s in many parts of the country on Monday.
The Met Office has not yet declared an official heatwave, which requires at least three consecutive days of high temperatures.
Although the summer holidays are over, Bournemouth beach was still busy in the sunshine (Picture: SWNS)
Many took to the sea to cool off (Picture: SWNS)
Others opted to cover their heads instead (Picture: PA)
This man may live to regret falling asleep in the sunshine (Picture: PA)
The punts were out again in Cambridge (Picture: SWNS)
Forecasters say it’s ‘touch and go’ whether this will be the case, with some areas ‘on the borderline’.
In London, temperatures are predicted to reach highs of 28C on Monday and rise to 29C on Tuesday.
Northern areas are also expected to see an increase, with Liverpool seeing highs of 23C on Monday and 27C on Tuesday.
Both Northern Ireland and Scotland are set to share the pleasant conditions, with highs of 23C and 22C predicted in Belfast and Aberdeen respectively on Monday.
High temperatures are set to last until Wednesday (Picture: PA)
The The River Thames at Henley was busy with paddle boarders (Picture: REX)
Some in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire also took to the water (Picture: PA)
Don’t put away the summer clothes just yet (Picture: Shutterstock)
The highest temperature recorded on Sunday was 27.1C at Wiggonholt, west Sussex, according to provisional data from the Met Office.
Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon said: ‘It’s not uncommon for the UK to get warm spells heading into early September.
‘There’s a chance of some areas reaching heatwave criteria, but that is fairly borderline and the breakdown that is happening on Wednesday will subdue the temperatures as well.
‘So it will be touch and go for some places whether a heatwave is officially in the forecast.”
The hot spell coincides with a return to the office for many (Picture: Getty)
Those not working enjoyed a day out in the sun (Picture: PA)
The heat meant many office workers could get reacquainted with colleagues during their lunch breaks (Picture: Getty)
Queues at shops in the city of London haven’t been seen for a while (Picture: Getty)
The country is beginning to look a bit more normal (Picture: Getty)
He added: ‘Temperatures (on Monday) are going to be widely in the mid-20s, especially in the south, where there’s going to be spells of good sunshine.
‘Heading into Tuesday, that warmth spreads further north across the country, bringing a fine and dry day for most with that warm weather extending across the UK.’
Mr Dixon said that, although good conditions will last until Wednesday, ‘rain and instability’ will follow, leading to possible thunderstorms in south-west England.
The mercury is expected to exceed the average for September, which is 18C in the UK.
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