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In Pictures: England's heatwave

Gritter lorry on melting road in Cumbria

Gritters made an unseasonal appearance on England's roads as temperatures soared on Tuesday. They were used to spread crushed rock onto melting tarmac.

Melting road at Tadcaster near York

And this picture of a melting road surface at Tadcaster in Yorkshire shows why the gritters were needed as rising temperatures topped 30C (86F) across much of the country.

Crowds on Brighton beach on Tuesday

The South East enjoyed the hottest temperatures of all and crowds of sun worshippers flocked to beaches in seaside resorts such as Brighton.

Couple in the sun in Hyde Park

Sunbathers were out in force away from the coast as well with London's parks providing some good spots for lapping up the rays.

Solar-powered boat on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London

A solar powered boat was launched on the Serpentine in Hyde Park - on a good day to employ the heat of the sun.

Couple in a rowing boat on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London

But more traditional forms of aquatic transport were also in action not too far away on the same piece of water.

Three Dutch tourists cool down in the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park

With temperatures possibly set to reach 37C (99F) by the end of the week fountains such as the Princess Diana Memorial in Hyde Park provided a welcome source of cool water.

Ice cream van in a park

Ice cream vans across the country were doing a roaring trade as people sought ways to cool down in the hot sun.

Golfer Nick Faldo eats an ice cream in practice for the Open

Among those enjoying an ice cream was English golf legend Nick Faldo, in practice for the Open which starts at Hoylake on Thursday.

Beer tent at the Open golf at Hoylake

Spectators at the Royal Liverpool course also needed to find ways to refresh themselves and the beer tent was far from empty on Tuesday.

Girls in the fountain at Trafalgar Square

Forecasters think Wednesday may be even hotter than Tuesday - so expect more people to be jumping into Trafalgar Square's fountains.

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