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UK sees hottest day of the year

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People have been flocking to parks and beaches to make the most of the sun

The UK has seen its hottest day of the year so far with temperatures reaching 27C (80.6F), the Met Office has said.

The hottest place was Port Solent, Hampshire, which peaked at 27.2C, while above average temperatures included Glasgow, which reached 26.5C.

However, forecasters warn temperatures will begin to cool in Scotland on Tuesday, spreading across the UK by the end of the week.

A temperature drop of seven to 10 degrees Celsius is predicted.

Sunday, the second warmest day of the year so far, saw temperatures hit 26.9C at Port Solent. London reached 24.9C, Glasgow 24.2C, Castlederg 24.6C and Rhyl 23.6C.

Water dangers

The heat led to warnings from emergency services after three children drowned while swimming on Sunday.

Nine-year-old Jordan Paul Baker, from Connah's Quay, disappeared while snorkelling with his family in strong currents of the River Dee in Flintshire.

Martin Moriarty, 13, died in the Junction Pool on the River Tweed, near Kelso, in the Scottish Borders.

And Ryan Walker, 15, from Holmegate, Derbyshire, was also found dead on Sunday night at Far Hill Quarry, near Ashover.

Changes are already taking place, with cooler air moving into the north of Scotland
Tomasz Schafernaker

The warm temperatures are expected across the UK for the early part of the week, BBC forecaster Tomasz Schafernaker said.

"But changes are already taking place, with cooler air moving into the north of Scotland," he said.

"This will be the beginning of a cooler spell affecting the whole of the UK for the second half of the week."

Cooler temperatures and cloudier skies are forecast to move into Scotland and north-east England, to reach the south by Wednesday.

This will mean a temperature drop of seven to 10 degrees Celsius, with London temperatures expected to fall to 19C by Thursday and Friday.

But there will still be "some sunshine" at end of the week, along with "cooler nights".

Next weekend will be "fairly cool and dry" but there are signs that the warmer weather could return to the south of the UK next week.

But Mr Schafernaker said that the predicted cooler temperatures would only be the average expected for this time of year, and not particularly cold.

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