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Last Updated: Monday, 4 August, 2003, 16:58 GMT 17:58 UK
In pictures: Baking Britain
Tynemouth
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Model Helen Benoist, 24, cools down by hitting the surf at Tynemouth beach, Newcastle
Big Ben
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Meanwhile the temperature outside Big Ben in London approached 90F
Scarborough beach
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The beach at Scarborough was packed by lunchtime as families made the most of the fine weather
Ashleigh McCloskey, 11, from Kilmarnock enjoys the waves with dog Sauzee
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And temperatures soared in Scotland, with sunseekers enjoying Portobello beach near Edinburgh
Bystanders look on in amazement as a Christmas tree arrives at Harrod's
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Harrods chose Monday to open its Christmas shop - only 131 shopping days to go
Scarborough
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Two ladies enjoy a paddle in the water off Scarborough beach
Teenagers leap from the sea wall to cool down in Brighton
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Teenagers leap from the sea wall to cool down in Brighton
Serpentine
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Tina Carney and Sam Snell from Belgravia cool down in The Serpentine in Hyde Park, London, during their lunch hour






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