THE SOUTH basked under glorious sunshine at the weekend as temperatures soared.
Sunseekers made the most of the unseasonal warmth across the city as thermometers reached as high 20C.
Thousands of people descended onto Southsea seafront to embrace the weather.
Ice creams, sunglasses, barbecues and footballs were in evidence across Southsea Common.
Brian Jones, of Cross Street, took his grandchildren Erin Nocetti and Lois Jones, both seven, to the seafront and treated them to ice creams on Saturday.
Brian, who moved to the city 35 years ago, said: ‘We’ve taken them for a day out in the sunshine. Portsmouth is a lovely place when the weather is good.’
Erin and Lois said: ‘We have had a good day and enjoyed the weather playing in the playground.’
Couple Dale Smith and Jemma Draycott travelled from Worthing to spend the day in Southsea.
Dale said: ‘We thought we could come here because it’s such a nice day.’
Jemma added: ‘It took us more than an hour to get here because of work on the A27 but we are so glad we made the trip.’
Friends Lauren Cole, 21, and Justine Rothwell, 20, both of Petersfield Road, Havant, spent some of the afternoon looking over the Solent.
Justine said: ‘It’s our first ice cream of the summer!
‘Everyone hits the seafront when it is a bit sunny.’
Lauren added: ‘People get excited when the sun comes out in this country.
‘It really makes us look forward to the summer now.’
The warm weather gave families the chance to spend time together outdoors.
Margaret Deacon, Megan and Nicki Nutland, and Latasha, Anne-Marie and Ron Salvage descended onto the common from Paulsgrove and had a picnic in the sun.
Margaret said: ‘We’ve come here for a free day out with a picnic. It’s a good meeting place that’s central for everyone.
Nicki added: ‘The sun brought us down here. We had a great day enjoying the weather.’
Megan said: ‘I’ve come here to catch a tan.’
A LOOK AHEAD
THE warm weather is expected to continue until the middle of the week, according to the Met Office.
But temperatures across the country are expected to drop as the end of the week approaches.
A Met Office spokesman said temperatures today will be similar to those recorded at the weekend.
He said: ‘The weather is dry and mild and we are expecting it to stay the same as it is.
‘The weather is certainly warmer than average and it’s mild for this time of year, but it’s not unusual.
‘We can get high pressure at any time of year.
‘But as we get through to the back end of next week temperatures should start to go to normal averages for this time of year.’