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People head to Bournemouths golden sandy beaches on another hot day in Dorset. (Rex)

In pictures: Britain swelters during heatwave ahead of hottest day of the year

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

In case you hadn’t noticed, summer is well-and-truly here and the sunshine out in glorious full force.

With temperatures set to reach 33C this week, Brits are braced for the hottest day of the year so far – making it hotter than Athens in Greece.

Temperatures peaked on Monday at 30.1C in Hampton in west London, with all of the UK enjoying a rain-free sunny start to the week.

The hot weather is above the average for this time of year and Brits across the country have been soaking up the rays.

From punting to lazing on the beach, here’s how sun-worshippers have been enjoying the tropical climate…