Mr Rust, who was a familiar face on the region’s TV screens, passed away this morning at hospital in Doncaster.
ITV Calendar producer Mark Witty announced his death on Twitter this evening, describing it as ‘very sad news’ and adding ‘all our thoughts are with his family’.
People have been quick to pay tribute.
Fellow forecaster Paul Hudson, with whom he co-wrote the book Weather or Not!, wrote: “Very sad to hear former Yorkshire TV legend weatherman, colleague and co-author Bob Rust has passed away.”
Mike Wood said: “Very sad to hear this. He was a great character.”
Chris Brennan wrote ‘what a lovely bloke he seemed’ and Manny Grillo simply said ‘legend’.
Jonathan Wilkinson wrote: “I remember watching him growing up. I remember the upside down weather map.”