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It can be rough living in Britain. You’ve had to endure months of cold, dark, rainy morning commutes to work – followed by cold, dark, rainy evening commutes home from work.
So when we get a bit of sunshine it’s only natural that it should change our whole outlook on life: tops come off, music blares and we get lairy at 4pm after a few pints in the sun.
This weekend has seen glorious weather across the whole of the UK – and this could be the warmest Bank Holiday in years.
Here are 21 things British people are guilty of doing at the first sign of sunshine
Recognise yourself or any of your friends in this?
1. Talk about the weather non-stop
"Oh my god, I just can’t believe how sunny it is! Can you believe how warm it is? It was cold this time last week!"
2. Drink in the daytime – just because you can
You might not head to the pub at 3pm in miserable weather, but sunshine means you can have a beer, cider or G&T in the afternoon and not feel guilty.
You also find yourself going ‘for one’ after work. As the evenings are lighter, you end up staying out much longer than planned.
3. Blast music from cars
Craig David tracks blaring from your car windows in October would earn you some strange looks.
But when the sun’s out it becomes perfectly acceptable to turn your vehicle into a mobile boombox.
4. Sun’s out? Guns out!
There’s something about the start of the British summer that makes men think they’re on a lads’ holiday in Ibiza – when they’re actually just walking around the local shops.
It’s not that hot. Put your shirt back on.
5. Complain about the weather
"I can’t stop sneezing and it’s just too hot for me. I can’t wait for winter, I’m more of a winter person."
In a few months you will take this back and have a moan about how cold it is.
6. Rush to an ice cream van
Is there anything more British than a wafer cone, soft-serve ice cream and a Flake?
If the sun’s out and you hear that music playing, you’ll be running to the van just like you did when you were a kid.
7. Complain that a 99 flake doesn’t cost 99p anymore
"How much!? In my day they were 99p!" Yes, the price has gone up quite a bit since the 1990s, when you could bag this treat for under a quid. Inflation, we hate you.
8. Spontaneously decide to have a BBQ
Ah, what a wonderful idea. Let’s all rush to the nearest Asda and buy as much bread and meat as possible.
There’s no way we’ll be able to eat it all, but it’ll be nice to dine outside – BECAUSE WE CAN.
9. Remember you have no idea how to light the barbecue
It’s been so long since you last used it, your barbecue has gone a bit rusty and you can’t for the life of you remember how to get it going.
Half an hour (and half a newspaper) later, you’ve managed to produce some tiny flames. Great success.
10. End up eating inside because it’s raining
It took you so long to get the grill hot enough to cook with that the heavens have now opened and your buns are getting all soggy.
You end up eating your burgers on the sofa anyway while the nominated chef takes refuge under an umbrella in the garden.
11. Descend on the nearest beach
Because sunbathing when it’s still so cool you have to wear a jumper is a really good look.
12. Forget the sea is freezing here
You head for a paddle, then realise that our waters definitely weren’t made for swimming – unless you have a wetsuit to keep you warm. You retreat to your towel, defeated.
13. Get your pasty legs out
Who wears short shorts? Everyone, apparently. Cue the annual contest to wear as little fabric as possible to maximise on your leg tan opportunities.
After all, you’ve been wearing tights, leggings and jeans all winter, so you’re looking pretty pale. Oh and if you’re not wearing something that resembles a denim belt, you’re not doing it properly.
No explanation necessary.
15. Sunbathe in the front garden
You wouldn’t usually sit on your front door step, half-clothed, in full view of all your neighbours.
But when your house is facing the wrong way and it’s the only place you can soak up some rays, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.
16. Realise you missed a spot
When putting on sun cream, there’s always that hard-to-reach place on your body that means you end up with oddly-shaped sunburn marks like this one when you fall asleep in the garden.
Stay safe in the sun, people.
17. Leave your coat at home
Because you ‘don’t need it anymore’. Soon you are cursing that cool breeze and then hating yourself when the sun goes down and you’re shivering.
18. Post arty pictures of sunshine and cocktails on social media
You know, just to make your friends jealous that you’ve got such a great, summery social life.
19. Got a convertible? That top is coming down
Been waiting all winter for that one sunny day when you can enjoy the perks of your convertible car?
Doesn’t feel like such a perk when you’re freezing and your hair is getting messed up.
20. Head straight to the nearest park
Usually with a ball or frisbee. If you’re organised, you’ll remember to take a picnic blanket to sit on so you can avoid the dreaded grass-stains-on-bum situation.
21. Remember that you have allergies
Parks and daisy chains probably aren’t the best thing to be around right now – and you have no idea where your packet of hayfever meds from last year has gone.
If you’ve got any more to add to the list, tweet them @YourMirror or email [email protected]
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