Twenty-eight years ago today, Britain was in the grip of a heatwave, which sent temperatures soaring to a then modern-day recorded high of 37.1C (99F).
That record stood until 2003, when the mercury rose to 38.5C (101.3F).
Now, we’re enjoying (depending on your point of view) a summer of sweltering temperatures – in between the thunderstorms, of course!
And to mark the current ice-cream melting weather (don’t blame me if it snows this weekend) I’ve selected a few shots of South Tyneside beaches when families and sun-seekers were out in force.
What are your memories of day trips to the sands?