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Supporter Paul Martin wrote: ‘A big thank you. I really feel for the emergency services in this weather with their protective kit on. Don't even mention your breathing apparatus. Hope you don't need them. be safe everyone.’
In Sheffield city centre, ice cream vendor Gabriella Earl was sweltering in her van due to heat from the machines. It was too hot for slush because the ice had melted, she said.
But she had a large frozen bottle of water to hug, fans, silver foil on windows and regular breaks.
She added: “The owners really look after us.”
City Centre Ambassador Nigel Pipes was watching over the Peace Gardens and shooing people out of the slippery waterfalls and over to the fountains.
He said: “I used to like the sun but can’t take it any more. Fortunately we haven’t had any casualties.”
Vapes and phone accessory vendors Deep and Armeet Dhall were the only market stall on The Moor.
The council had waived compulsory charges on Monday and Tuesday and everyone else had stayed away, they said.
“Today’s been the worst because of the temperature. It’s not been busy but it’s been worth it. If we closed we could lose a lot of customers because competition is high.”
He added: “I don’t want to get sun stroke. Even though I was born in Africa it doesn’t mean I can stay in the sun all day. It’s not good for anyone.”
Darren Franks of AMROC heating services was working on the roof of a building under construction - until bosses said they could go.
He said: “We can’t wear shorts for safety reasons. It’s been awful the last two days. We bought a cool box for drinks.”
Toni and Guy hairdresser Sophie Kippax was taking a break outside the salon on Pinstone Street.
She said: “It’s hot when we’re blow drying but people still want to have their hair done. We’ve been busy today with graduations.”
A South Yorkshire police spokeswoman said the force had relaxed its uniform policy to permit short sleeves and ties to be removed.
And she thanked people offering refreshments.
“We are extremely grateful to the members of the public who have kindly offered our officers bottles of water, ice lollies and other cooling refreshments today – it is hugely appreciated.”
On Tuesday, the temperature beat Monday's record of 36.1C, with temperatures rising above 37C for the first time in history, going on to reach 38.9C at 3pm according to Weston Park Weather station. The previous record was 35.6C on July 25, 2019.