Sun-lovers flocked to Teesside’s beaches on the warmest day of the year so far.
As the mercury topped 20 degrees, families made the most of the half-term heatwave on the first sunny day after lockdown restrictions were eased.
Teesside temperatures beat Barcelona’s on Tuesday – and our seaside chippies and ice cream parlours were busy as people queued for a springtime treat.
Saltburn, Redcar and Seaton Carew all saw big crowds, after PM Boris Johnson said groups of up to six people – or two households – are permitted to meet outdoors.
Groups stayed ‘covid-safe’, respecting social distancing rules.
But some car parks at beauty spots including Saltburn were full, leaving visitors to fill up the town’s ‘jewel street’ residential areas.
“Coral and Garnet look full,” one resident posted on social media, “I’ll park outside my home when they clear in a bit.”
Posters on social media said it was “brilliant news” and “lovely to see people smiling” after months of lockdown.
“Nice to see the kids on the beach, enjoying life again,” one man wrote.
“It’s busy,” said another poster of Saltburn, “a traffic jam on Hilda Place as usual on holiday time.
“Has the country just opened up or something, we are still in quarantine.”
Others weren’t surprised by the crowds.
“Who did not see that coming?”, one person posted.
Those who missed the good weather today need not despair; the area is set to bask in another 20-degree day on Wednesday.
But it will be short-lived, with temperatures plummeting back down to single figures again by Thursday.