Record numbers of Brits will head to the nearest beer garden today as winter temperatures hit 20C for the first time.
With dry January a distant and unpleasant memory and temperatures in the UK topping out at 20.6C on Monday afternoon, practically everyone will head to the pub this lunchtime.
Yesterday’s record temperatures caught many drinkers by surprise leaving them with little time to cancel lunchtime meetings or arrange childcare, but a second consecutive day of sunny weather will see record numbers drinking alfresco.
Office worker, Mark Fishlove, who arrived at work this morning proudly wearing a pair of new Ray-Ban Aviator Classic sunglasses, told us.
“Yeah, totally caught out yesterday, sun’s out and there I am in a sales meeting, gutted. I’ve cleared my diary today so I'll definitely be heading out around twelve to catch the best of it.”
Responding to the record temperatures, a Green party spokesman said the warmer temperatures were concerning considering the lack of proper beer gardens available to punters in inner-city areas.
She added: “I like a drink in the sun as much as anyone, but it is deeply concerning that people in cities may not be able to enjoy a cold lager in grassy surroundings.
“We are living through an age of climate change and warmer winters could become the norm. The Green party urges town planners to ensure that proper outdoor drinking facilities are provided for all.
“With air pollution rising year on year in cities, it is no longer acceptable to have people drinking on pavements breathing in diesel fumes while they enjoy the nice weather.”