Soaking up the sun in Leeds as solstice weekend brings warm weather

Ricardo Shahsavari at the gardens in Roundhay Park
Ricardo Shahsavari at the gardens in Roundhay Park
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residents took to the green spaces of Leeds as summer solstice weekend brought warm sunshine.

The longest day of the year saw bright weather across the district, with the temperature rising even higher yesterday.

Saturday’s high was at Bramham Park where the mercury reached 21.6 degrees, while elsewhere in the country temperatures of over 24C were recorded – hotter than parts of Turkey.

Around 36,000 people descended on Stonehenge to catch the first light of the summer solstice, while beaches and parks were packed with sun-seekers.

Met office forecaster Steven Keates said: “We had glorious sunshine for much of the country, with the best of the sunshine on the south coast, although a sea breeze has kept it slightly cooler there.”

The south enjoyed the best of the sunshine yesterday too, where it was expected to each 27C – making it the joint hottest day of the year.

Temperatures weren’t so high in Leeds, but it didn’t stop families from taking advantage, including at Roundhay Park where people headed with picnics and deckchairs.

Yorkshire Evening Post readers told us on our Facebook page what they were up to – with Alan Roebuck soaking up the sun at Pontefract Races.

The good weather is set to continue tomorrow, though a few showers are possible in Leeds, but conditions nationally will turn more unsettled toward the weekend – just in time for Glastonbury Festival.

Mr Keates said: “There is an increased risk of rain. But it is not going to be a complete washout.”

Looking ahead to the Grand Depart in Yorkshire, further unsettled, cooler weather could be on the horizon.

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