SUNSEEKERS were out in their droves to soak up some much-appreciated rays during the hottest week of the year so far.
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Hartlepool and east Durham were on par with the Costa del Sol as temperatures soared into the high teens.
While the Hartlepool Mail area was enjoying the glorious weather with average temperatures touching the 70s, unlucky holidaymakers in Malaga had to contend with heavy rain showers and cooler conditions.
Sun worshippers were at various locations including Seaton Carew, Hartlepool Marina and local parks to get their fix of sun following the winter’s extreme conditions.