TEMPERATURES soared to as high as 23C today (Wednesday) in the York area, providing the final chance of 2018 for a sunbathe.

The maximum was recorded at 4pm at RAF Linton on Ouse near Easingwold, amid wall-to-wall sunshine and just a gentle breeze.

The weather brought sunbathers back to hotspots such as the Museum Gardens, as well as leading to packed patios, beer gardens and terraces outside the city’s bars and pubs.

But forecasters have warned that the sunshine will not last, with strong winds and rain on the way on Friday and on Saturday after a little more sunshine but also showers tomorrow.

There could be gusts of wind reaching 40-45 mph both on Friday and Saturday, when York Racecourse stages its final meeting of the season.

On Sunday, when the Yorkshire Marathon is staged in York, it will be sunnier and drier, but with some showers, and temperatures will fall to only 14C.