LEEDS enjoyed scorching temperatures as the mercury soared to more than 30C on the hottest day of the year.
Many of the 2,500 visitors at Ilkley Lido cooled off by taking a dip in the outdoor pool
Lido duty manager Adam Broadbent said: “Everyone enjoyed the fantastic weather.”
And business was booming at ice cream parlours across West Yorkshire, including Goodalls of Tong Village near Pudsey.
Owner Mark Goodall said: “The ice cream job is all or nothing with the weather. It has been very busy, we will have had a few hundred customers in today.
“We could just do with this for the next six weeks, but that would be wishful thinking.”
Larissa Taylor, kiosk manager of Joe Delucci’s ice cream parlour at Trinity Leeds, said “Our shop has been really busy today, so many customers wanting an authentic Italian gelato to cool them down on such a warm day.
“Our sales are already up over 30 per cent on last week.”
The 13 Humboldt penguins at Harewood House in Leeds enjoyed basking in the sun yesterday.
Harewood House marketing manager Alexis Guntrip, said: “They are from South America so they love the sun – this is their kind of weather. They have been sitting on the edge of their rock pool enjoying the rays.
“There’s an expectation that all penguins are from Polar regions, but these penguins are very well adapted to the British climate because they are happy in all kinds of weather.”
#hottestdayoftheyear was trending on twitter as Britain boasted of being hotter than Barcelona.
It even got so hot there were delays on trains of up to 60 minutes after a rail expanded at Selby at lunch-time and heat-related speed restrictions were brought on the network.
Yorkshire Ambulance Services saw 20 per cent more calls than usual, but said although the heat was playing its part they could no link the increase all to the soaring temperatures.
According to the Met Office, the hot weather has been caused by a warm plume of air that has worked its way northwards from Spain. Forecaster Grahame Madge said: “The July temperature record was set on July 1 last year with 36.7C at Heathrow.”
Mr Madge added: “We are not suggesting that temperature will be exceeded by anything we have got this week, but the temperatures that we do have will be the warmest we have seen in the last 12 months.”
Yorkshire Ambulance Services saw 20 per cent more calls than usual, but said although the heat was playing its part they could no link the increase all to the soaring temperatures. The RSPCA saw a spike in calls from members of the public concerned about dogs left in hot cars.