Shops close early as temperature unofficially hits 40C in York

A frightening number on the dashboard. Photograph: David Green

According to several unofficial sensors, parts of York have now hit the 40C mark.

That milestone number has been recorded by the WX Station on Weathercloud, based at Westfield in the city. It recorded 41.8C at 3pm today, with an average at that time of 40.1C.

The Apple iPhone weather map also placed York at 40C at 3.40pm, and MD of YorkMix Radio David Green’s car sensor put the temperature at the same new maximum this afternoon.

Other weather stations recorded a max of 39.4C (York Weather Station, Strensall, Weathercloud) and the same figure at the Osbaldwick Observation Station (Met Office Weather Observations Website).

The good news is, the temperature is dropping on all these sites.

Meanwhile, a number of shops have closed early in the stifling heat.

The Twitter account of York shop Angela Bare said: