Families flock to UK seaside to soak up 73F sunshine before children head back ...

Brits have been flocking to the beach to enjoy the sun on the first day of September- as official figures are poised to show it will be the hottest summer on record.

There was patchy rain in the north and west, but other areas of the country took advantage of the glorious sunshine- with top temperatures reaching 73F in the south-east.

Crowds In Bournemouth were bulging on the beach and enjoying the sun, sea and annual Air Festival, while in Cambridge families and couples are kicking back and taking a punt along the River Cam. 

In London people were out enjoying picnics, children frolicking in the fountains, horse riding in Hyde Park and lounging by the canal near King's Cross.

Despite cooler and sometimes damp weather over the past month, forecasters said the hot June and July should still see 2018 beat the summers of 2006, 2003 and 1976 for the hottest on record.

The annual Bournemouth Air Festival is hugely popular and people are thoroughly enjoying the show and the continuing warm temperatures

The annual Bournemouth Air Festival is hugely popular and people are thoroughly enjoying the show and the continuing warm temperatures

In Hyde Park in London three riders on horses are galloping along in the heat with the London Eye looming in the background

In Hyde Park in London three riders on horses are galloping along in the heat with the London Eye looming in the background

Children play in a water fountain in Granary Square, London, while they enjoy the sun before they have to head back to school next week

Children play in a water fountain in Granary Square, London, while they enjoy the sun before they have to head back to school next week

People out punting on the River Cam in Cambridge on the first day of the meteorological autumn with a hot weekend forecast for most of the country

People out punting on the River Cam in Cambridge on the first day of the meteorological autumn with a hot weekend forecast for most of the country

People sit in the sun by a canal in Kings Cross, London, while others cycle along. People are sat enjoying picnics and some are sunbathing

People sit in the sun by a canal in Kings Cross, London, while others cycle along. People are

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