Heat's on as Britain tops 88F*.
Sunseekers were out in force from BLACKPOOL to BOURNEMOUTH, right. But the highest temperature, 30.6C (88F), was recorded in central LONDON.
It was a scorcher too for PM Gordon Brown on holiday in EAST ANGLIA with temperatures hitting 28C (82.4F). On a beach near EASTBOURNE, East Sussex, a group of 33 students were cut off by the tide and had to be ferried to safety by lifeboats.
Forecasters say there will be thundery downpours today.
*but rain is on the way!
SAND-WICHED IN Sun lovers flocked to Bournemouth; BRIGHTON BELLES Friends stroll along beach