IT was the hottest day of the year so far and people made the most of it by getting outdoors.
The temperature peaked at 16.5C yesterday afternoon in this area – just a couple of degrees shy of 18C in Tenerife.
It might not have measured up to Sydney’s 23C weather but hundreds of people left their homes after the recent stormy weather to go to the Hot Walls, Old Portsmouth, and make the most of it.
Will Davis, 50, of Bushymead, Widley, was with his son Jack, six, and wife Claire, 40.
They started the day off at Eastney before strolling along the seafront to Old Portsmouth.
Jack said he was happy to be outside after being stuck indoors reading and playing computer games.
He said: ‘We went for a walk in Southsea. It was fun.’
Dad Will said: ‘Where we were walking along this morning there were people eating ice creams in the sun.
‘Previously the sea had been bashing over where they were and it’s been all wet and windy – it’s been dreadful.’
Heather Graves, 84, of Pembrook Road in Old Portsmouth, was sitting on a bench with friend Diana Holden, 66, of Widley, looking out toward the sea shimmering in the sunlight.
She said: ‘It’s lovely. It makes a change from that ghastly rain.
‘We had a very strong wind a few days ago, it was fiendish.’
Her friend Diana added: ‘It’s like being in the Mediterranean, with the sun shining on the water and watching the boats pass.’
The hottest place in the country yesterday was St James’s Park, in London, at 16.6C. People in Shoreham lost out as it registered 11C.
Temperatures are due to peak at 14C today, with the weather holding at around that temperature until at least Thursday.