Penguins take a cool shower at Leeds Harewood House

A penguin at Harewood House takes a cooling shower. PIC: Mark Bickerdike
A penguin at Harewood House takes a cooling shower. PIC: Mark Bickerdike
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Cool customers across West Yorkshire have been finding their own ways to beat the heat as temperatures continue to soar.

They included the Humboldt Penguins at Harewood House, who took full advantage of their en suite shower facilities yesterday.

But sadly some animals have not been faring so well in the scorching sunshine, which saw temperatures climb as high as 28 degrees Celsius yesterday.

Bosses at Selby Wildlife rescue say animal-lovers from Leeds, Pontefract and Castleford have been bringing in a host of creatures struggling to cope with the heatwave.

Animals suffering from dehydration and starvation have included hedgehogs, which are now being cared for at the centre, and a kestrel which had to be put to sleep after suffering severe dehydration.

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Most people, however, have been enjoying the weather, with those lucky enough to escape from work flocking to their nearest sunbathing hotspot.

But those hoping to enjoy a scenic steam train trip from Leeds along the Settle to Carlisle railway line this Sunday have been left disappointed after the journey was cancelled, due to extreme temperatures.

The Waverley, a steam service from York, Leeds, Shipley and Keighley, run by The Railway Touring Company, was due to make its first run of the summer on Sunday at 9.45am from Leeds.

But a ban on steam by Network rail due to fire risk, means the steam train cannot operate.

A spokeswoman for the Railway Touring Company said: “The cancellation is due to a steam ban as a precaution against fire risk, which has been imposed by Network rail along sections of the line, which prohibits us from running the tour this week. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.”

Passengers are now being contacted to be told they can change dates or receive a refund.

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