In pictures: Bank Holiday Monday brings hottest day of the yearon May 31, 2021 at 4:06 pm

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After weeks of gloomy weather, people made the most of the warmer temperatures over the long weekend.

People enjoy the zip line ride on the beach at Bournemouth beach on Bank Holiday Monday

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People headed to beaches, parks and pub gardens to enjoy the sunshine as the Bank Holiday weekend brought the warmest weather of the year and blue skies for much of the UK.

Monday saw the hottest day of the year so far, with Northolt in west London recording a temperature of 24.8C and Kinlochewe, in Scotland’s northwest highlands, seeing a high of 25.1C, the Met Office said.

However, not everyone in the UK has enjoyed the balmier temperatures, with forecasters observing some mist and chillier weather along parts of the north-east coast.

The warm spell comes after a month of gloomy weather that saw Britons stuck indoors as lockdown rules were eased across the country.

A series of heavy downpours meant May was the fourth wettest on record for the UK, and the wettest ever for Wales.

People sit at an outdoor bar as they enjoy the hot weather on Brighton pier, in Brighton

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People enjoy the sunshine at Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire on Bank Holiday Monday

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Harvey, a three-year-old Cocker Spaniel, plays in the Irish Sea at Murlough Beach in Northern Ireland

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Crowds enjoy the sunshine on Bournemouth beach in Dorset on Bank Holiday Monday

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People ride pedalos on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London, in view of the Palace of Westminster on Bank Holiday Monday

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Members of the public enjoy the sun in St James Park on Sunday

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People enjoy the good weather at Portobello beach, near Edinburgh on Bank Holiday Monday

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A woman paddle boards with a dog on the canal in Paddington Basin, north London on Bank Holiday Monday

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People paddle board as they enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach

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Punts and kayaks fill the River Cam in Cambridge on Sunday

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Busy restaurants in Soho in central London on Sunday

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A couple enjoy the hot weather in a canoe on the canal in Paddington Basin, north London on Bank Holiday Monday

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Racegoers enjoy the sunny weather at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Sunday

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A couple wrapped up in a blanket as the sun sets from Greenwich Park, London, on Sunday

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