Yorkshire sizzles on hottest day - but can it last?

Fans enjoy cricket in the sun in Leeds on Monday.
Fans enjoy cricket in the sun in Leeds on Monday.

Yorkshire enjoyed a springtime sizzler on Monday, with temperatures rising above 23C, but forecasters have warned the heatwave may be about to come to an end.

Spring finally announced itself across Yorkshire and the north with two days of stunning sunshine on Sunday and Monday, with temperatures exceeding 24C in our county.

However, we have been told to expect cooler temperatures as the week continues, with a relatively chilly 12C high forecast for Bridlington and Whitby on Tuesday.

The Met Office is also predicting rain, which could become heavy in places. However, Yorkshire should avoid the downpours predicted for the midlands.

Expect highs today (Tuesday) of 17C in Halifax and Knaresborough, 15C in Driffield and 16C in Pontefract.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Most places will be warm and dry, but generally cloudier than Monday.

"Expect a few showers at times, these mainly across the south and occasionally heavy."

Outlook

Today:

Breezy and mainly dry across Yorkshire with bright or sunny spells, although southern areas are at risk from occasional rain. Cloudier across the Humber with outbreaks of sometimes heavy rain, and limited bright or sunny intervals. Cool along the coast. Maximum Temperature 20 °C.

Tonight:

Generally cloudy with outbreaks of rain, these extending north at times to reach Yorkshire, and remaining locally heavy, especially this evening. Minimum Temperature 9 °C.

Wednesday:

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain initially, these slowly dying away to allow dry and brighter conditions to develop. However, isolated thunderstorms may then develop late in the day. Maximum Temperature 18 °C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Thursday becoming dry with sunny spells developing, although mist and low cloud may affect the coast. Friday and Saturday much cooler, occasionally breezy, with sunny spells and scattered light showers.