In Pictures: Swims and ice-cream in high demand as UK and Ireland enjoy heatwave

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Two and four-legged sunshine lovers have been cooling off with icy treats and dips in the water as temperatures are expected to remain high into the weekend and early next week.

Tiger in Dublin Zoo
Tiger in Dublin Zoo
Sea lions with frozen fish
Sea lions with frozen fish
Swimmer in the Serpentine
Swimmer in the Serpentine
Woman enjoys ice-cream
Woman enjoys ice-cream
Man in park
Man in park
A woman in Hyde Park
A woman in Hyde Park
Joggers in Hyde Park
Joggers in Hyde Park
Woman on boat
Woman on boat
Woman on boat
Woman on boat