According to the Osbaldwick weather station, the temperature in York reached 32.1C at 3.40pm.
York Designer Outlet has today opened its free 9-hole mini golf course for those looking to make the most of the sunshine.
Others went to the lounge chairs, to the shade of the umbrella tables, or to the cool of the air-conditioned mall.
The River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey proved popular as people sought relief from the heat.
There have been no major thunderstorms in North Yorkshire so far, although there have been some in other parts of the country. The yellow warning for thunderstorms remains in effect for the rest of the weekend.
The UK experienced temperatures above 30°C for six days in September for the first time.
Previously, the highest temperature of the year was recorded on Thursday at 32.6°C in Wisley, Surrey.
The UK’s Health Security Agency has issued a health warning for amber heat, meaning the effects of the weather are likely to be felt across the healthcare system, with people over 65 or those with pre-existing respiratory or cardiovascular conditions at risk are exposed to higher risk.
This comes as further storm warnings have been issued across the UK.
A yellow warning issued by the Met Office covers east Wales, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Manchester, Nottingham and Oxford and is in effect until 9pm.
The weather warning means that flash flooding, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds could occur in some locations, which could potentially lead to disruption to road access and public transport if such conditions occur.
The same warning was issued for Northern Ireland, northern parts of England and Wales and southern Scotland until 11.59pm on Sunday.
Environment Agency flood protection officer Chris Wilding warned motorists not to drive through floodwaters in the event of a flash flood.
Mr Wilding said: “Significant surface water flooding is possible but not expected in parts of England on Saturday afternoon and evening due to isolated heavy rainfall.
“We urge people not to drive through flood water – it is often deeper than it looks and just a foot of flowing water is enough to float your car.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan issued a “high” air pollution warning for the capital on Saturday for the first time since June and urged Londoners to idle their engines and not burn wood or garden waste.
However, relief from the heat is on the horizon as the UK is expected to return to cooler weather next week with a mix of sunshine, showers and some windy conditions as temperatures are likely to return to the seasonal average.
https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/23779155.york-north-yorkshire-swelter-temperatures-30c/?ref=rss Temperatures in York and North Yorkshire exceed 30°C