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In pictures: Easter sunshine

Large parts of the UK have enjoyed a warm end to the Easter weekend - with temperatures peaking at almost 21C (70F) in some areas of southern England.

Usk in south Wales recorded a top temperature of 19.9C (68F) on Monday, while many in England, Northern Ireland and other parts of Wales also got plenty of sunshine.

However, the highest temperatures of the Easter weekend were recorded in Scotland, with those in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, hitting 20.7C (69F) on Sunday - the hottest day of the year so far.

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Image caption Parts of south-west England basked in sunshine, with temperatures recorded at around 10C (18F) higher than the average for April.
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Image caption In Bournemouth, where temperatures hit 19C (66F), hundreds of people enjoyed the balmy weather on the beach.
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Image caption Others found more imaginative ways of making the most of the sunshine, including daredevils who chose to fly high above the sea on the Bournemouth Pier zip wire.
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Image caption Along with Bournemouth, temperatures of 19C (66F) were recorded in Cardiff and Belfast, and 16C (61F) in Glasgow.
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Image caption Parts of northern England saw temperatures of 17C (63F), including in Leeds, where some sun-seekers made the most of the weather from the canal.
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Image caption Animals - including two great white pelicans in London's St James's Park - enjoyed the weather in the capital, where it also peaked at 17C.
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Image caption However, Sunday was the warmest day recorded in the UK in 2015 and the warmest day in the UK since 31 October, 2014.
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Image caption Some areas of west Wales, East Anglia, Lincolnshire and Lancashire were hit by fog over the weekend - a far cry from this sunny scene outside Carrickfergus Castle, Co Antrim.

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