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The mercury rose to 45C in northern provinces of the country

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Heatwave alert: Met Office warns sun revellers as temperatures soar on hottest day of the year

Temperatures set to reach 32C in the south east

A youth jumps into the sea at Carnlogh harbour in County Antrim

Another sizzling weekend in prospect as of 30C heatwave returns

But good news is tempered by health alert

Wimbledon final Sunday is hottest day of the year

Thermometers expected to read 30°C or higher by the end of the day in the south

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People cool off in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park yesterday as hot weather finally hits London

Britain basks in sunshine at last. But is it all part of the same global pattern of freak weather?

That’s the jet stream, trapped by a warmer Arctic, sparking extreme weather across the planet

Day-trippers enjoying the sun on West Wittering beach near Chichester, West Sussex

Britain gets ready to bask in the sun as emergency services prepare for busy weekend

Sun worshippers are set to enjoy highs of up to 30C in parts of southern England on Sunday

It's chocs away with profit up at Thorntons

It was Forrest Gump's momma who said life was like a box of chocolates because you never know what you're gonna get, and that's certainly rung true for Thorntons investors over the past four years.

Summer could be on the way for the south of England

Summer finally arrives as weather improves, for south of England at least

Heatwave could be on way in the south - but Scotland and the north should keep umbrellas handy

An airliner is distorted by the heat waves rising up from the north runway at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix

Flights cancelled in South-west American heatwave, but you can bake biscuits on your dashboard

In Arizona zookeepers fed tigers frozen fish while meteorologists baked biscuits in their van

East Anglia got the summeriest weather, with highs approaching 18C

UK prepares to bask in the hottest days of the year but rain and thunderstorms also expected

Temperatures will reach a high of 26C today and could hit 30C tomorrow

Paperback review: The Last Dance, By Victoria Hislop

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Man and teen drown in disused quarry in Northern Ireland

A man has drowned in a vain bid to rescue a teenage boy in a disused quarry in Northern Ireland.

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