In pictures: Balmy weather brings that Friday Feeling for sunseekers

The hot weather continued to sizzle across the UK, bringing an early start to the weekend for many.

Sunbathers relax on Hunstanton beach in Norfolk (Joe Giddens/PA)
Sunbathers relax on Hunstanton beach in Norfolk (Joe Giddens/PA)
John Dunn, supervisor of the herbaceous department at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, carries out some pruning on a rhododendron niveum on display at the Scottish Rhododendron Festival (Jane Barlow/PA)
John Dunn prunes rhododendrons at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)
Kai, four, plays in the sand on Hunstanton beach in Norfolk as the warm weather continues (Joe Giddens/PA)
Kai, four, plays in the sand on Hunstanton beach as the warm weather continues (Joe Giddens/PA)
Reggie, two, plays on the beach in Hunstanton (Joe Giddens/PA)
Reggie, two, is glad he brought his bucket and spade (Joe Giddens/PA)
Forrest the Humbold penguin (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Forrest the Humboldt penguin cools down at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling (Andrew Milligan/PA)
A duck cools off in Canterbury (Gareth Fuller/PA)
And a duck makes a big splash in Canterbury's Westgate Gardens (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Alan and Daphne Smith in Herne Bay (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Alan and Daphne Smith at their beach hut in Herne Bay (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Caroline Ciuba in Greenwich Park (Victoria Jones/PA)
Caroline Ciuba walks through an avenue of blossom trees in London's Greenwich Park (Victoria Jones/PA)
Westgate Gardens in Canterbury (Gareth Fuller/PA)
A woman is lost in a good book in Canterbury's Westgate Gardens (Gareth Fuller/PA)
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