City-centre workers have been lapping up the sunshine on their lunchbreaks, flocking to sunny spots across Leeds.
And they didn’t let the fact that it was a weekday stop them from making the most of what has been predicted to be the hottest day of the year.
Parts of the UK were expected to be warmer than the Mediterranean during this two-day heatwave, with temperatures reaching up to 32C in sheltered areas, according to the Met Office.
In Leeds the mercury reached 24C today, leaving some office workers and schoolchildren wilting at their desks.
But many leapt at the chance to dash outdoors and bask in the sun – and they couldn’t wait to share their photos and activities with us via social media.
@AgeUKLeeds tweeted the Yorkshire Evening Post Twitter account to say: “We’ve got lots of people picnicking in St John’s churchyard. Trees providing welcome shade.”
@RyderMum tweeted a snap of the view from her sun lounger after a morning dip in the outdoor pool at David Lloyd Leisure in Moor Allerton, while @NormySteve tweeted a photograph of a thermometer reading of 32C in Normanton at 1.30pm.
Park Square, a perennial favourite among city-centre sun-seekers was predictably packed at lunchtime, while Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen on Cross Belgrave Street, which boasts “the most spectacular roof terrace in Leeds” saw its outside area steadily filling up as the day wore on.
Venue supervisor Sam Ward said:” It’s busy pretty much every day when the sun is out.
“We’ve got a bar on the roof, music, sheds to hang out in, deck chairs – all the tables up there are full.”
But the tropical temperatures proved too much for some. @ellec157, lunching in Park Square, tweeted her relief at a moment’s cloud cover saying: “Thank goodness the sun’s gone in, it’s too hot”.
Those lucky enough to be off work headed further afield to beauty spots including Yeadon Tarn; Roundhay Park; Meanwood Valley Urban Farm and Lotherton Hall and Gardens. At Ilkley Lido, staff welcomed 150 people through their doors in the first 25 minutes.
The highest UK temperature of the year was 28.7C on July 4. And tomorrow is expected to reach at least 30C in the South East.
However, the Met Office has issued weather warnings for West Yorkshire for the weekend, with thunder, lightning and large hail stones predicted.
Animals feel the heat
Slathering on the suncream was a must for two porkers, to prevent them sizzling in the sun.
Karen Goodall, of Goodalls of Tong ice-cream parlour and farm, rubbed generous dollops of factor 30 on to ginger pigs George and Donut to protect them from sunburn. She said: “They love being lathered up. They lie down with their legs up in the air like a dog.”
The animal-lover also mixed up super-sized carrot and apple ice-lollies for the pigs, donkeys and ponies, to help them stay cool during the heatwave.