GLORIOUS sunshine shone on the coast and brought thousands of people to Southsea.
But as families lucky enough to get a parking space tucked into ice creams on the beach and barbecues on the Southsea Common there was gridlock as everyone headed in the same direction.
Oli Nelson, from Portchester, drove his family and friends to the seafront.
The 32-year-old dad of two, said: ‘It was a bit of a nightmare. It took almost an hour to get from North End to Southsea and we spent another hour trying to get a parking space.
‘People were just driving round in circles and people were doing U-turns.
‘We were glad to eventually get a space.’
Sun worshippers also took to Portsdown Hill to sunbathe.
Jackie Hilion, 50, and partner Dave Anderson, 46, were among those catching the late-afternoon rays.
They said it had been the perfect end to the perfect weekend.
Jackie said: ‘It makes a nice change that the weather’s so nice. It’s a great view here. We went to the May Day Fair at St Mary’s Church and it’s been really good.’
Shops did a roaring trade as people flocked to get alcohol, cool drinks and food for barbecues.
James Gamble, manager of the Co-op in Albert Road, said: ‘It’s been really busy. It started about 10.30am.
‘People have been out in force looking for meat for barbecues and everything that goes with it.
‘They’ve been buying a lot of alcohol and cakes too.’
Calum McColl is a weather forecaster at the Met Office. He said the highest temperature recorded in Portsmouth yesterday was 16.5C.
He added: ‘That was because there was a little bit of a sea breeze that tempered temperatures.
‘But not that far inland, just north of Southampton, temperatures reached 19C.’
Temperatures could reach 19C or 20C today with a light breeze before the good weather breaks on Wednesday and things begin to cool off, dropping down to around 12C at the weekend.