Crack open a cold one – today was officially the hottest late August bank holiday on record.
Sod’s law dictates that any long weekend in the UK will be a good opportunity to go to the cinema or play board games indoors, but sometimes Mother Nature surprises you.
Just a few weeks back, August was looking to be a disappointment, with downpours and a pessimistic forecast ahead.
But temperatures hit 28.2C today, smashing the previous record of 27.2C by a full degree.
Forecaster Oli Claydon said the record figure was reached in Holbeach, southern Lincolnshire. The last time temperatures got close to this for Bank Holiday Monday was in 1984, when in East Bergholt in Suffolk reached 27.2C.
A late August bank holiday was brought in for the first time in 1965.
People were enjoying the scorcher, with dogs pictured cooling off in fountains, people hitting the parks in bikinis and of course the pilgrimage to Britain’s beaches and then back in sweaty traffic.
The summery temperatures will stick around the mid-20s tomorrow in the South East, but else where there will be a ‘fresher feel to things’ with temperatures in the mid-teens.