It's official. Britain has gone totally crazy, completely ga-ga, and right off the nut.
As the Big Freeze showed signs of easing off and the snow started to melt, thousands of suburban British loonies could be seen emerging from their homes with camping gear, such as tents, sleeping bags, barbecue ranges and portable DVD players.
Furthermore, many of these people were wearing shorts, sandals, and Hawaiian shirts, topped off by straw hats, as they set off for a weekend of camping and communing with the great outdoors.
The RAC warned that many coastal routes were jammed solid with Brits in search of campsites and advised people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
A London family, hopelessly wedged in a traffic jam on the A3 near The Devil's Punchbowl on their way to Hayling Island told us:
"This is what it's all about. Freedom and the great outdoors. You've got to make the most of the good weather while you've got it. It would be just stupid not to."
The Met Office advised this reporter that in the UK anything above freezing point is usually regarded as a heatwave.
More when the perspiration eases up.