Severe fog hits Hampshire

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A SEVERE weather warning across the area has been issued by the Met Office due to thick fog which has fallen throughout Hampshire.

Meteorologists have advised drivers to take extra care on the roads as visibility is reduced to less than 100 meters in some areas.

Michael Lawrence, from the Met Office, said there is only one hole in the dense fog just north of Waterlooville where just light mist had fallen.

He added: ‘We had clear skies and a light wind last night which allowed temperatures to fall low enough for heavy fog to settle.

‘We expect that by around 9am the sun will have started to burn off most of this fog.

‘There is expected to be more fog tonight, but it will not be as severe as this.’

Hampshire Constabulary confirmed there has not yet been any accidents on Portsmouth’s roads related to the weather conditions, and Solent Coastguard said there had not been any in the waters.

But Portsmouth International Port is operating a fog routine as ordered by the Queen Harbour Master. As a result of this, Wightlink is advising passengers to expect delays.

Harbour control officer, Huw Jones, said: ‘When visibility is reduced to less than 400 meters and we cannot see the other side of the harbour or it’s entrance, we implement a fog routine.

‘This means that ships call us before moving from or into the harbour and we generally operate a one way system.

‘We would advise small vessels without a radar not to go out, but we can’t stop them. We do warn them that if they do, then it’s at their own risk.’