York is set for its hottest day of the year – with the Met Office predicting a peak temperature of 34°C (93.2°F).

The UK and parts of Europe are expected to reach record-breaking temperatures today (Thursday, 25 July).

The temperatures are causing transport problems, with rail bosses urging passengers not to travel as they cancel many services over fears the tracks will buckle in the heat.


This brilliant picture of lightning over York early on Wednesday morning was taken by Paul Greenwood

But the hot weather could break into storms. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for scattered thunderstorms which could affect York between 3pm today and 4am tomorrow.

And the weather is due to cool with these top temperatures predicted for the coming days:

  • Friday – 25°C
  • Saturday – 19°C
  • Sunday – 19°C

Keep safe

The Met Office forecast for today

Health leaders have issued advice for people to keep safe in the heat.

The Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group offers this advice to stay well:

  1. Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  2. If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
  3. Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle especially infants, young children or animals
  4. Keep indoor spaces cool by closing curtains and opening windows at cooler times of the day
  5. Avoid physical exertion
  6. Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  7. Drink plenty of cold drinks


Nigel Wells, a GP and the CCG’s Clinical Chair said:

  • Look out for others, especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children, babies and those with serious illness as they’re more likely to be effected by the heat.

    If you see someone struggling, offer them water and help them into the shade.

Too much time spent in the sun can cause heat exhaustion which is not usually serious if a person can cool down within 30 minutes.

NHS England suggest ways to cool down include; taking a cold shower, cooling the skin with cold packs around the armpits and neck, drinking water, moving to a cool place and lying down with feet slightly raised. If you are concerned for yourself or someone else then call NHS 111 for advice.