In an unprecedented move, the dress code at Lord’s, the Mecca of Cricket, has been temporarily relaxed because of the heatwave which has hit the United Kingdom.

Temperatures reached 34 degrees in St John’s Wood on Thursday, prompting the one-off change in rules for the T20 Blast match between Hampshire and Middlesex.  Male members of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) can now arrive at the Lord’s Pavilion without the traditional jackets.

As a rule, the male members of MCC are normally expected to wear jackets when arriving at the ground and while in the pavilion area. The dress code at Lord’s states “Gentlemen shall wear lounge suits or tailored jacket and trousers, shirt, tie or cravat and shoes with socks”.

But the spectators were told yesterday that dress code would not be enforced because of the “abnormally warm” weather.

MCC later posted a photograph of a ‘jacket-less’ Lord’s Pavilion watching a T20 Blast match between Hampshire and hosts Middlesex.

Earlier this week, India, who are scheduled to play five-Test series against England starting August 1 at Edgbaston, cut short a warm-up match against Essex after concerns over the stifling weather.