Forecasters record high temperatures

wet  Holly Hughes (left) and Anna McManus with ice creams next to the river in Wetherby.  (130717M5a)
wet Holly Hughes (left) and Anna McManus with ice creams next to the river in Wetherby. (130717M5a)
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Record temperatures have hit the Wetherby area with Bramham reaching the hottest place in the north and heatwave conditions expected to continue over the weekend.

Weather forecasters recorded a high of 29.2 C in the village last Friday, July 12.

Meanwhile sales of water equipment have soared with one Wetherby shop seeing an increase of 400 per cent on water pistols and 200 per cent on general outdoor equipment.

Shop trader Nish Kanabar, who owns Castlegate Toys, told the News: “This type of weather slows retail sales down, however we have been overrun with requests for paddling pools and water equipment.

“Art materials are very popular at the moment with folks that like to paint outside.”

“Wetherby in general is quieter, as many folks are away during June, July and August, then it will start to get busier again in September, as folks start to think about Christmas.”

The soaring temperatures are expected to continue and stay high throughout the next few days, with dry weather forecast across the area for the next few days.

Temperatures in the West Yorkshire area are expected to peak at 28°C this weekend and the warning remains in place until 8pm on Sunday.

Other parts of the country have been issued with the lesser ‘level two’ heatwave alerts, after the Met Office predicted a 60 per cent change of heatwave temperatures being reached.

Dr Stephen Morton, director of the Yorkshire and Humber Public Health England Centre, said:

“Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks.

The elderly and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of very hot weather, so it’s important to look out for them and keep indoor areas as cool as possible.

“Even if temperatures do not hit ‘extreme’ levels, Public Health England still advises people to be aware of the health risks of hot weather.”

The health body’s advice also included: keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm; wear a hat and loose-fitting cotton clothes, eat cold foods such as salads and fruit with high water content and sprinkle water over clothing.

It also warned never to leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially babies, young children or animals.

Yorkshire Water also issued a warning against people cooling off in local reservoirs.