Is it any wonder we Brits strip off at the first sight of sun?

The sun is out in the United Kingdom. Well, it is out as I write. By the time you read this, the sun will probably be back in again and we might just as easily be in a hurricane as a heatwave. The effects of climate change can no longer be denied but we stalwart Brits have coped with erratic weather since the Druids cancelled the first summer solstice barbecue at Stonehenge. To grow up in the British Isles is to grow up painfully aware that if you go out in sandals in the morning, you may need snow boots by midday and vice versa. Thus, is it any wonder that at the first hint of a sun ray, while our southern European neighbours stay cool and chic in immaculate linen, us Brits strip all our clothes off?

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