VIDEO: Soaking up the sun across South Yorkshire

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Thousands of people have been descending on parks, community festivals and the countryside as the temperature soars – with Saturday hailed as the hottest day of the year so far.

Sheffield Weather Pics.....Peace Gardens Water

Sheffield Weather Pics.....Peace Gardens Water

And the hot weather is set to continue, with forecasters predicting temperatures of up to 28C until Friday.

Staff at Hathersage’s open air swimming pool said it had been a ‘record-breaking’ weekend as crowds turned up to cool down and enjoy Peak District views.

George Foy, assistant manager, said: “We had a record breaking weekend over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. About 800 people came on each day.”

Sheffield’s popular Sharrow Vale Road market was packed on Sunday and the Tropical Butterfly House at North Anston has also reported a ‘really good’ weekend to tie in with the opening of their Lemur Heights attraction.

At Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley, about 6,000 people visited the site over Saturday and Sunday.

Robert Nicholson, co-owner, said: “We are all set for our best summer ever.

“It has been brilliant, especially compared to last year.

“We could be on course for a record and our new farmyard is also expected to bring in the crowds when it opens next Monday.”

Throngs of sun-lovers have been filling Sheffield’s restaurants and bars.

Among the outdoor diners in St Paul’s Parade in the city centre was Hannah Smith, of Totley.

The 29-year-old school counsellor said: “It’s lovely to sit outside and enjoy a drink or lunch in the sunshine.

“When the weather is like this it brings the city to life.

“Sheffield has some lovely spots like the Peace Gardens and when it’s warm it’s as nice as anywhere.”

And residents are advised to top up on their sunscreen supplies, as the heatwave is expected to last for another week.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire is set to swelter for the next few days as temperatures nudge 30C.

The sun will keep its hat on until the end of the Tramlines music festival, which takes place across dozens of venues in Sheffield city centre from Friday to Sunday.

Organisers said they were looking forward to a ‘scorching’ three days of entertainment.

A spokesman said people were advised to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water.