Out and about: The West Country basks in a mini-heatwave

The West Country's main tourist season started in style today with sunshine and warm weather across the region.

It's several degrees above the expected and there were plenty of people in this park in Dorchester, making the most of the sun.

With the sun high in the sky, for many the place to be is by the sea.

Weymouth Beach recently named one of the best in the world, drawing people from across the country.

It's a day many have been waiting for for ages:

This lot found one great way to keep cool in central Bristol...

And of course, it's very important to stay hydrated:

Others headed into the water itself:

Forecasters say the mini heatwave has brought temperatures of at least 8 degrees higher than average.

Anyone for a picnic?