THE sun has got his hat on - and it seems he is here to stay
Unseasonably warm temperatures have reached a high of more than 17C across South Yorkshire and are predicted to continue for the next few days at least.
At the weekend revellers flocked to parks and pubs to soak up the rays.
Hundreds visited attractions, including Brodsworth Hall in Doncaster and Endcliffe Park in Sheffield, as people donned sunglasses and shorts to make the most of the beginning of spring.
Granelli’s ice cream said stocks flew out of its van at Graves Park, Sheffield, as well as its shop in the city.
Rosita Hunt – who runs the 136-year-old business with her son – said: “It was a good weekend because of the exceptional weather for March and because it was the first day when its been like that this year.
“I think everyone has been cooped up all winter and they just took advantage, it was like summer.
“We had a surge in people buying take home packs of ice cream from the shop too.”
While some families rushed to be beside the seaside, South Yorkshire Air Museum, Doncaster, urged people to make the most of local attractions.
A spokesman said: “We did sell a lot of ice creams and a lot of people sat on the benches outside while looking at the planes in the sunshine this weekend.
“People are just pleased to see a bit of sunshine.
“Instead of sitting in traffic to the coast people should try their local attractions.”
The warm, dry weather is predicted to last until at least Thursday before clouds appear.
Tony Conlan, forecaster for the Meteo Group, said temperatures reached 17.6C in Sheffield on Sunday.
He added: “The next two days are pretty straightfoward - it’s dry with sunshine and temperatures of about 14C or 15C.
“It’s certainly warm, the temperature is usually eight or nine degrees at this time of year, but not unprecedented.