Scorcher

Summer has arrived, prompting the usual sights of packed pebble beaches, red necklines and paddling pools. As the mercury hits 28 degrees this week, most of us look expectantly towards the Bank Holiday weekend. However, others are already conspicuously absent from their desks, with studies showing that summer brings with it extended lunch breaks, increased absenteeism, and hangovers. The source of this latest UK heatwave appears to be what is termed ‘a Spanish Plume’; provoking heated discussions in Brussels over whether the free movement of such weather phenomena will be curtailed as part of the Brexit negotiations. Meanwhile, applying EU provenance rules, the UK stands ready to export: London peasoupers, parky mornings from Yorkshire, and permanent dreich from Dumfries. Their loss.