Portsmouth area set to be hotter than San Francisco and Barcelona

Sunbathers lapping up the sunshine at Southsea     Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Sunbathers lapping up the sunshine at Southsea Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
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TEMPERATURES could hit 30C tomorrow as the south coast basks in a July heatwave.

People have basked in the hottest temperatures of the year so far – with forecasters predicting the mercury to soar to the mid-30s this week.

Temperatures are set to hit 26C in Portsmouth tomorrow.

Away from the coast, in places like Petersfield and into the South Downs National Park, the thermometer could hit 30C.

That is hotter than Barcelona, expected to his 29C, and San Francisco, California, nudging up to 20C.

And the fine summer weather – coinciding with the beginning of the school holidays – shows no signs of stopping.

Steven Keates, senior forecaster with the Met Office, said: ‘For the week ahead, the first couple of days are getting warmer.

‘Monday will get off to a misty and hazy start in a few places but will be up to 27C (80.6F) in some of the cooler places such as west Scotland.

‘London and the Midlands might be knocking on the door of 30C (86F) and then even further – 33C and 34C (93.2F) by Tuesday.

‘Things will cool down a bit overnight into Wednesday, but even then it will still be the mid-20s.’

Mr Keates said there will be a handful of isolated thunder storms before the week was out, but that temperatures would largely remain above average for the time of year.

The fine and largely dry weather in Portsmouth is expected to last into next week, with temperatures hovering around 20C or above.