A pig covers itself in mud to cool down. (Pic credit: James Hardisty)

UK heatwave: 11 photos show Yorkshire basking in 2019 heatwave before Covid - from a pig covered in mud to penguins swimming in a lake

For the first time ever, temperatures in the UK have exceeded 40 degrees, with the last hottest summer being in 2019 - here are some beautiful photos of Yorkshire baking in the heatwave three years ago.

Tuesday, 19th July 2022, 3:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th July 2022, 4:36 pm

The last record breaking heatwave in the UK was in 2019 when the temperature reached 38.7C.

Today (July 19), a temperature of 41C was recorded at Heathrow Airport at 12.50pm, which has beaten the previous record by 2.3C.

Today temperatures in Yorkshire vary between 39C (Leeds) and 40C (York and Doncaster).

Here is a collection of stunning photos of the region indulging in the 2019 heatwave, taken by Yorkshire Post photographer, James Hardisty.

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