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Make the most of the sun - because it's not set to last

Sunlovers will have to make the most of the day's heatwave - because it's not set to stick around.

Following several days of rain and cooler temperatures, the heatwave returned today with parts of the UK enjoying temperatures exceeding those of Barcelona, Cape Town, Mumbai and Venice.

At lunchtime, with a few hours to go before entering the hottest part of the day, Meteogroup, the Press Association's weather division, recorded a maximum temperature of 31C (87.8F) at London City Airport.

The Met Office said London's maximum temperature today could reach 33C - coming close to equalling the hottest day of the year which was recorded just over a week ago on July 22 when the 33.5C peak was a seven-year high.

Children enjoying the hot weather playing in the water fountain by the Royal Festival Hall, on the Southbank in central London. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Sunbathers near the Houses of Parliament in London enjoy the hot weather on the first day of August. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/
Children cool down with some ice cream in central London. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Rowers make their way down the River Thames Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Children enjoying the hot weather playing in the water fountain. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Sunbathers near the Houses of Parliament in London enjoy the hot weather Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire