Sizzling Sheffield has been walking on sunshine today as people of all ages basked in the welcome summer heatwave.
Children splashed about in water fountains, groups of friends enjoyed ice-cold beverages in the city’s beer gardens and parks while families got cooking on sizzling barbecues.
Ice cream vendors reported a bumper day for sales, while butchers saw barbecue products flying off the shelves.
At the Peace Gardens, council workers Lee Wilkes and Rob Marshall, both aged 34, had rolled up their trousers and dipped their feet into the water on their lunch break.
Lee said: “It’s nice to have your dinner in the sunshine. We’re having a barbecue at home later – I’m certainly not going to be hanging around at work!”
Rob added: “It’s a refreshing change to have a bit of nice weather. I’m a family man so I’ve no doubt I’ll be putting the factor 50 on the little ones later so they can get out and play.”
Meanwhile, little Torin Devlin, aged 16 months, was enjoying a paddle in the Peace Gardens’ water fountains.
His dad, Joe, of Norton Lees, said: “It’s a nice day and we thought we would come down. Torin loves it – he is water crazy and loves his swimming lessons and things like that.”
Teenagers Ellie Slack and Kate Spencer, both 16, were enjoying the post-exam break with an ice cream on the grass.
Ellie said: “We just came down to do a spot of sunbathing. It’s a really nice break.”
Kate added: “You can do a lot more when the weather is like this and it’s so nice to soak up the sun.”
At Simmonite’s butchers and fishmongers on Division Street, customers were stocking up on meat and sea food to put on the barbecue.
Neil Simmonite said: “This weather brings everyone out and people want to have a barbecue. It’s not often we get weather like this so it’s worth doing.
“The most popular products are the flavoured chicken and the sausages.”
Ice cream van worker Sarah Cuneo, of the Cuneo’s van at the bottom of Fargate, said plenty of shoppers were treating themselves to an ice cream to cool down in the heat.
“The Sheffield weather isn’t very good usually so people are definitely making the most of it today,” she said.
Yorkshire Water has reported that its five million customers in the region will consume 1.4 billion litres of water by Thursday, rather than the usual 1.2 billion.
However, it says its water levels across all of its reservoirs, rivers and bore holes are 82 per cent full, which is enough to meet extra demand.
Tomorrow is set to be another hot day, with temperatures expected to reach up to 30C.
There will be long periods of strong sunshine during the day, but forecasters are warning isolated thunderstorms and heavy downpours could develop through tomorrow evening.
A yellow weather warning for rain is in place from 4pm until midnight tomorrow, with a possibility of hail and lightning.
Thursday is forecast to be dry and bright, with temperatures reaching 24C. There is still a risk of thunderstorms from Thursday and into the weekend.