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Temperatures soar in the south on hottest day of the year

People enjoy punting through Westgate Gardens in Canterbury Credit: PA

It's the hottest day of the year so far, and in the south people are making the most of it.

Punters have been out on the Great Stour river in Canterbury, where it's up to 26C.

Still a few cardigans on Brighton beach Credit: PA

In coastal regions it's been a bit cooler- plenty of people are enjoying the sun on Brighton beach, but are still in long-sleeved shirts.

And at Velolife, a cycling event in Berkshire, temperatures were similar to the Mediterranean.

A competitor takes a break at a cycling event in Berkshire Credit: PA

We've been asking our weather forecaster Philippa Drew, whether the sun's here to stay

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