Today is expected to become a record-breaking scorcher of a day in Leeds as the mercury soared past the 30 degree mark this afternoon - with temperatures still rising.
Met Office forecasters told the YEP that measurements taken at 2pm showed temperatures of 30 to 31 degrees around Leeds - but they expected this to rise further into the early evening.
Today is the peak of the recent warm weather - the result of a tropical continental airmass across mainland Europe - and it became the country’s hottest July day ever record, with 36.7C reached at Heathrow.
Some drops of hot rain were felt in parts of the city and Wakefield, but the threatened thunderstorms have so far failed to materialise, leaving the skies largely clear for folk across the city to soak up the rays.
Among those taking advantage of the sunshine was a handful of thirsty Yorkshire cricketers who headed to the Original Oak in Headingley, fresh from a convincing win over rivals Durham earlier today.
Wicketkeeper Jonathan Bairstow tagged teammates Jack Brooks, Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch in post on Twitter which read: “Sun’s out, fantastic win, time for the Oak in Headingley.”
Shoppers and city workers in Leeds had the same idea, according to Simon Dekker, sales and events manager at The Restaurant Bar and Grill on City Square, who said their terrace had been heaving with people enjoying the heat.
Speaking earlier this afternoon, he said: “It’s been very busy indeed, with above average covers. We’ve served about 150 people outside today so far. It’s had a very positive effect on business.
“We were finding some people wanting to sit inside because it was almost too hot for them outside.
“I think overall a lot of our guests are very happy and having extended, longer lunches to make the most of the warm weather and sunshine outside on the terrace.”
It wasn’t all good news, however, as the hot weather has led to Virgin East Coast to cancel a number of trains between Leeds and Kings Cross today.
Some hourly services to London and back were cancelled after line was subject to safety speed restrictions. Follow @Virgin_TrainsEC for updates on Twitter.
According to Met Office forecasters, temperatures are expected to remain in the mid-20s over the next few days, with the chance of tomorrow evening.