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England basks in its hottest October day on record

The AP reports:

The U.K.'s national weather service the Met Office says Saturday's temperature reached 85.8 F (29.9 C) at Gravesend in southeast England.

That is the highest October temperature since records began a century ago, beating the previous high of 84.9 F (29.4 C) reached on Oct. 4, 1985.

The average maximum temperature for early October is about 59 F (15 C).

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Crowds of sun seekers fill the beach on October 1 in Brighton, England.

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Elderly women enjoy a peaceful read on deck-chairs in Hyde Park in London on October 1.

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People boat on the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park, central London, on October 1.

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A woman eats fish and chips on the beach on October 1 in Brighton, England.

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People relax at dusk on Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath in London, October 1.

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Bags of rubbish are piled high at dusk after an unseasonably hot day on Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath in London, October 1.

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