It’s officially British Summer Time – and the weather has shifted up a gear to mark the occasion.
In true English fashion, the shorts are out and people across the country are doing all they can to make the most of the quick blast of sunshine.
On Tuesday, the UK recorded its second warmest March day on record and the hottest in 53 years as the mercury peaked at 24.5C (75.2F) in London – and we’re set for the same on Wednesday in some areas, the Met Office said.
The warm weather has coincided with the relaxation of coronavirus lockdown measures in England, which prompted Prime MinisterBoris Johnson to urge those heading out to “proceed with caution”.
But there was no denying the palpable excitement as the nation was greeted with blue skies and sunshine – for the first time in what seems like forever.
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As #heatwave trended on Twitter, people didn’t miss a beat in making fun of how Brits’ reaction to it all – namely how quickly they flock to their summer wardrobe.
Everyone in the UK today ☀️ #heatwave https://t.co/jgNteGjUG5— Jay Cartwright (@Jay Cartwright) 1617097328
Everybody in the UK at even a hint of sunlight... #heatwave https://t.co/B4aR6vd7ak— The Time Meddlers 🏳️🌈 (@The Time Meddlers 🏳️🌈) 1617101543
Everyone in the UK today: #heatwave #tuesdaymotivation #britishsummer https://t.co/y51uxmoodc— Prezzybox (@Prezzybox) 1617107465
no one: the entirety of the uk today: #heatwave https://t.co/RGY6Cwn7w9— soph (@soph) 1617100917
Or, maybe we’ve all just become so well accustomed to the cold weather that it’s taken us aback…
Today is an important day in the British calendar - it's "People Surprised By A Heatwave Carrying Their Massive Win… https://t.co/vGGlnhkHYF— Caitlin Moran (@Caitlin Moran) 1617039310
Regardless of how you’re enjoying the sun, a warmer temperature and the sight of blue skies is definitely an uplifting change to the rain, especially now you’re allowed to spend time with your friends and family outside (in a distanced fashion, obviously).
Rule of 6 and a heatwave commencing on the same week https://t.co/3PTzGfZSuK— Dre (@Dre) 1616957804
Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine 🌞 We absolutely love being in the garden, especially eating (smelling the fl… https://t.co/SeJBkBZA2r— Archie & Alfie Cavalier Pups (@Archie & Alfie Cavalier Pups) 1617110787
And, as you can see, it really is lovely out there.
Enjoy it while it lasts...