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Sun-day sets record for England’s hottest day of year so far

Saturday saw England advance to the World Cup semi-finals, and Sunday hasn't disappointed either: it's the hottest day of the year so far.

The Met Office said the temperature in Gosport, Hampshire, reached 32.4C (90.3F) on Sunday – with most of Europe struggling to match this.

Thousands of people headed to beaches and parks across the UK to enjoy the delightful weekend weather, and the extended heatwave looks like it is here to stay.

???Gosport Fleetlands has now reported 32.4°C, making it the hottest day in England this year so far ??? pic.twitter.com/JNfx27X6nY

— Met Office (@metoffice) July 8, 2018

Despite the sweltering heat England still has a while to go to beat a record 38.5C (101.3F) set in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003.

Still basking in the glow of winning against Sweden in the World Cup on Saturday, England fans were a bit calmer on Sunday as they enjoyed the sun.

There were scenes of excitement following the quarter-final – with crowds screaming, hugging and throwing their pints into the air.

Image: Beaches across the UK were jam-packed on Sunday
Ron 'The Beach Captain' poses in his 'shower' sand sculpture on the banks of the River Thames in London
Image: Ron 'The Beach Captain' poses in his 'shower' sand sculpture on the banks of the River Thames in London

Those who are struggling with the heat will be relieved to hear that it is expected to cool off a bit from Monday, with temperatures predicted to be in the mid-20s.

However, anyone hoping their garden will receive some much-needed rain may be disappointed. Most places are going to stay dry, although southern and eastern Britain may see an isolated shower or two.

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Sky's weather producer, Chris England, says temperatures are set to turn hotter again by the weekend.

People enjoy the beach in Margate, Kent
Image: People enjoy the beach in Margate, Kent

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