Sunday was the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures of over 27 degrees recorded in Heathrow.

Although Monday will be cooler and showers are predicted for Tuesday, forecasters bring the joyful news the heatwave is set to return and last well into July.

Temperatures of around 20 degrees at the beginning of the week will be boosted by high pressure from Thursday with 26 degrees and above expected.

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12 month old Rose Blythe plays in the sand on West Wittering beach near Chichester

Sunbathers were out in force in parks and on beaches across the country and even the traditionally soggy Glastonbury basked in sun.

The north of the country wasn't as lucky as the south with cloud meaning lower temperatures.

Over the other side of the Atlantic soaring temperatures reached up to 49 degrees in Las Vegas and Phoenix.

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  • Summer weather - 30th June

    12 month old Rose Blythe enjoys an ice cream on West Wittering beach near Chichester, West Sussex.

  • Summer weather - 30th June

    12 month old Rose Blythe enjoys an ice cream on West Wittering beach near Chichester, West Sussex.

  • Summer weather - 30th June

    A general view of day-trippers enjoying the sun on West Wittering beach near Chichester, West Sussex.

  • Summer weather - 30th June

    A general view of day-trippers enjoying the sun on West Wittering beach near Chichester, West Sussex.

  • Summer weather - 30th June

    A man makes the most of the warm weather as he travels Ashby-De-La-Zouch canal in his kayak at Congerstone, Leicestershire.

  • Summer weather - 30th June

    A man makes the most of the warm weather as he travels Ashby-De-La-Zouch canal in his kayak at Congerstone, Leicestershire.

  • Summer weather - 30th June

    A dragonfly rests on a plant around the lake at Bosworth Water Trust, Warwickshire.

  • Summer weather - 30th June

    A farmer makes the most of the warm weather as he spreads hay in a field near Market Bosworth, Warwickshire.

  • Summer weather - 30th June

    People make the most of the warm weather at Bosworth Water Trust, Warwickshire.

  • Glastonbury Festival 2013 - Day 4

    Friends (3rd left - right) Shivaun, aged 21, from India, Sabine, 21, from Lebanon and Sara aged 23, from Britain enjoying the warm weather at the Glastonbury Festival, at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

  • Glastonbury Festival 2013 - Day 4

    Festival-goers enjoying the hot weather at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset.