Original article from Kent Live
As a 31C scorcher descended on Kent people from across the South East descended on Kent's sunny coastline.
Margate and Whitstable – two of Kent's most popular beaches saw huge crowds as the sun finally came out after a dreary start to summer.
Rows and rows of umbrellas could be seen as beachgoers swapped the Costa del Sol for the Isle of Thanet as people made the most of the sunshine.
In true heatwave fashion it feels like the sunny weather isn't even going to stop with temperatures at 6pm today (July 18) still at a scorching 27C in Whitstable and 24C in Margate.
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Both towns got some of the best weather in Britain as the country recorded its hottest day yet.
For Kent, the warmest place was Rochester where temperatures peaked at 31C according to the Met Office, warmer than both Miami and Ibiza where the mercury struck 30C.
Who needs the Balearic Islands on the green travel list when you have the sunny Kent coast?
Thousands of people could be seen on Margate beach which appeared like a classic British summer holiday location with the amount of umbrellas on show.
There was arguably more shade than sun on the golden sand as beachgoers took refuge under their colourful umbrellas.
Swimmers also came out in their droves as people of all ages could be seen taking a dip in Channel coast.
Although it still appeared busy, not quite the same mayhem can be seen in the pictures of Whitstable.
As temperatures hit 29C in the Kent resort people could be seen enjoying the sun, and meeting up with friends and family.
Despite still being warm, temperatures in Kent are expected to drop to around 23C as next week progresses, although the mercury could strike 25C in some areas on Friday (July 2).
After this warm period, cloudy weather can be expected next weekend (July 24 & 25), although temperatures should remain similar.
Tom Morgan, meteorologist at the Met Office, said : "We have got quite an extended hot spell of weather to come through the next several days lasting much of this week, nighttime temperatures will be in the high teens Celsius and daytime temperatures will be in the high twenties or low thirties.
"It's going to mean that people are really going to feel the effects of the heat as we go through this week."