In Pictures: Soaring temperatures as summer draws to a close

The UK is enjoying a warm start to September as pupils head back to school and the Met Office said some areas were close to recording an official heatwave.

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Hathersage swimming pool in the Hope Valley, Peak District (Danny Lawson/PA)
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A woman soaks up the sun on the South Bank, London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
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People jump into the sea at Brighton beach in East Sussex (Steve Parsons/PA)

The mercury reached 30.7C at Gogerddan, in Dyfed, Wales, on Tuesday, the highest temperature since the 31.2 C recorded at the same location on July 22. The Met Office said it was only the seventh time temperatures have exceeded 30C in September in the last 50 years.

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People enjoy the hot weather at Hathersage swimming pool in the Hope Valley, Peak District (Danny Lawson/PA)
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People flocked to Brighton beach (Steve Parsons/PA)
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A man soaks up the sun within sight of St Paul’s Cathedral on the South Bank, London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
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Cooling off in the river Wey in Tilford, Surrey (Andrew Matthews/PA)

The warmest UK September day on record was on September 2 1906 when 35.6C was recorded at Bawtry, South Yorkshire.

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A man walks among giant bubbles from a street performer on the South Bank, London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
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Walkers take in the view of Keswick in Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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Beachgoers at Southend, Essex (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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The sun rises over the National Trust’s Powis Castle and Gardens near Welshpool (Peter Byrne/PA)
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Sea swimmers head out before sunrise at Cullercoats Bay on the north-east coast (Owen Humphreys/PA)