Hartlepool was hotter than Hollywood yesterday and temperatures are expected to contunue to soar this week.
Sunseekers flocked to the coast as temperatures topped 25C, higher than much of Europe and the United States.
Temperatures in Los Angeles, famed for its star-studded Hollywood district, yesterday was 19C, and Hartlepool also joined cities across the world which basked in the sun, including Nairobi, Kenya, 21C, Tenerife, Canary Islands, 23, Athens, Greece, 27C and Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 25C.
The outlook for today is very warm, with plenty of dry and sunny weather.
Some coastal areas are likely to be a little cooler, with onshore breezes and the odd mist patch possible. Maximum temperature 26C.
In the outlook for Wednesday to Friday, forecasters expect it to be largely fine, sunny and very warm, especially Wednesday and Thursday, although some patchy cloud or mist still affecting coastal parts.
There is a chance of cloudier, cooler conditions on Friday, although remaining dry.
Weathermen say the UK could be set for between five and eight more spells of very warm weather over the next few months.
Temperatures are expected to hit at least 24C during each heatwave, and could climb as high as 31C in July and August.
Across the board, maximum temperatures should be at least five degrees above average.
Experts say the intense heat will come as a result of high pressure, the sun heating the land, and heat arriving from as far away as Spain.
UK residents can also look forward to the hottest early summer day in 42 years, as temperatures are expected to come close to 30C this week, according to Met Office officials.
Thursday is expected to be the warmest day overall this week, with temperatures of around 25C expected in both London and parts of Scotland.