The only B&Q store opened in Scotland yesterday made a bombastic trade since meteorologists forecast a glorious week of weather.
The queues grew out of the do-it-yourself giant’s branch in Paisley while the Met Office said the country is online for “wall-to-wall” sunshine, thanks to high pressure on Norway.
B&Q had been completely blocked across the UK, but reopened 14 warehouses as a “trial” last week.
Despite government instructions that people should leave the house only to buy essential items, B&Q was busy selling barbecue plants and coal yesterday.
The rival gardening centers have been closed since March 23, so pressure will increase to reopen following the B&Q experiment. Other retail chain stores, such as The Range and B&M, have opened their stores since the blockade started last month.
B&Q said: “As an essential retailer, we have assisted other essential retailers who support social distancing in their stores and are now able to follow best practices and reopen a small number of stores as evidence, keeping our colleagues and secure customers.
“As part of this process, our Paisley store opened on Friday morning.
“We are urging all customers to follow government guidelines on social distancing and to buy responsibly only for what is needed.”
For people with a garden, Thursday seems like the best day of the week to brush up on the barbecue, with Glasgow hitting 18 ° C and the good weather could continue until next weekend.
Martin Bowles of the Met Office said: “All the pieces are ready for the good weather and for the rest of the week.
“Rather unusually for the time of year, we can predict the sun from wall to wall for many parts of Scotland.
“Monday will be a little more windy on the east coast, which means Aberdeen will remain fairly cool at around 11 ° C.
“The west will be much warmer than that, but temperatures will generally rise quite a bit during the week and the winds will become much lighter.”
The average temperature in Scotland at this time of year is 13 ° C.
By midweek, the western Highlands could also hit 18 ° C, with 19 ° C possible in some sheltered spots.
The glorious weekend gave the Scots home a taste of what will come, with blue skies and a maximum of 17 ° C (63 ° F) in Aviemore.
The owner of the Inverness ice cream shop, David Miele, has been busy preparing to meet the nursing homes of the city.
The 31-year-old businessman also turned his salons into delivery centers, sending ice cream to Dingwall, Aviemore, Muir of Ord and Elgin.
He said: “People are so fed up, they are thrilled when we show up at their door with ice cream tubs.
“Grandparents send ice cream gifts to their grandchildren, just to try to cheer them up.
“We had people burst into tears when we show up at their house.”
Sunny weather is not good news though.
Last week, the SEPA environmental agency warned that only a prolonged period of rain in late spring will avoid drought conditions in the northeast by summer.