York sweltered in a late heatwave as temperatures reached bizarre highs for September.

According to the Met Office, temperatures at its nearest weather station to York, Linton on Ouse, peaked at 28.5°C at 3pm on Tuesday (September 13).

On a sticky, windless day humidity was high too, peaking at 96% at 8am.

It’s going to get cooler but not any time soon. The temperature at midnight is predicted to reach 20°C. And it is forecast to reach 25°C on Wednesday. The weekend sees a change, with rain forecast for Saturday bringing temperatures down to 17°C.

Residents and tourists flocked to the city centre in shorts and T-shirts to enjoy the uncharacteristic sunshine.

York’s parks and green spaces hit full capacity as people took advantage of the clear blue skies to while away time on the grass and park benches.

Nationally temperatures peaked at 34.4°C in Gravesend, Kent.

Another shot of the ‘autumnal’ Museum Gardens
Another shot of the ‘autumnal’ Museum Gardens
Stonegate in the full glare of the September sun
Stonegate in the full glare of the September sun
Taking to the shade in Museum Gardens
Taking to the shade in Museum Gardens
The sun shines on York Minster
The sun shines on York Minster