After blizzards, bitterly cold spells and the Beast from the East at the start of the year, for many May was a welcome relief.
And if the weather in recent weeks has felt unseasonably sultry, that is because it was.
For the UK has just enjoyed its hottest and sunniest May on record, sending millions flocking to the beach.
The Met Office said provisional figures suggest last month was the hottest May in a century
Forecasters predict the good weather could continue well into June
The average daytime maximum temperature was 62.6F (17C), beating the previous high of 62.4F (16.9C) in 1992, according to provisional figures from the Met Office, which has been keeping details of average temperatures for more than a century. The total of 245.3 hours of sunshine was also a record since it began collecting data in 1929.
The May Day bank holiday, when the country basked in record temperatures, was a foretaste of what was to come as Britons swapped umbrellas for sunglasses and suncream.
And while the ‘mother of all thunderstorms’ brought flash floods to many areas in the past week – adding to the tropical feel – rainfall in May was well below normal. In England it was 72