Portsmouth Weather: Latest updates as heatwave grips city and Hampshire as temperatures over 40C recorded in UK for the first time, according to Met Office

EXTREME heat has gripped Portsmouth, Hampshire, and the rest of the UK.

By Freddie Webb
Tuesday, 19th July 2022, 1:19 pm

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for today and tomorrow, with the heatwave affecting people across the country.

This could cause adverse health effects for those vulnerable to rising temperatures, according to the forecaster.

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A heatwave has spread across Portsmouth. Pictures is the beach opposite The Hotwalls, in Old Portsmouth. Picture: Habibur Rahman.

A Met Office statement said: ‘Population-wide adverse health effects are likely to be experienced, not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat, leading to potential serious illness or danger to life.

‘Government advice is that 999 services should be used in emergencies only; seek advice from 111 if you need non-emergency health advice.’

Red weather warnings are in place in certain parts of the UK.

The heatwave has already caused disruption for many.

Some schools across Portsmouth and Hampshire closed yesterday as a result of the weather, with others changing uniform policy.

The Met Office said disruptions on the roads and other transport links are also likely.

They have also reported that last night was the warmest on record in the UK.

According to provisional figures, the highest ever temperature in country has been recorded, soaring above 40C for the first time.

It is 40.2C, at London Heathrow airport.

In Portsmouth, temperatures are expected to peak at 29C by 3pm.

We will bring you all the latest updates relating to the heatwave.

Live blog updates will be below this article.

Latest weather updates from across Portsmouth and Hampshire as heatwave grips the UK

Last updated: Monday, 18 July, 2022, 16:58

  • The Met Office have issued an amber weather warning for Portsmouth.
  • Some schools across the county have preemptively closed today - others have changed uniform policy.
  • The Met Office warned the heatwave may cause disruption to traffic and public transport.

Welcome to the live blog

Welcome to The News Portsmouth heatwave live blog.

We will bring you the latest weather, travel, and school updates as they happen.

Some schools in Portsmouth and Hampshire are closed due to the heat.

Some schools in Portsmouth and Hampshire preemptively closed because of the heat.

UK wide forecast for today

The Met Office forecasts temperatures in the 30sC for much of the UK.

Currently in Portsmouth, according to Gosport weather station, it is 24.2C.

Lane blocked - A31 westbound

ROMANSE reports a lane is blocked on the A31 due to a crash.

There are currently 45 minutes delays in place.

Bus travel advice - First Portsmouth

First Portsmouth have issued advice to passengers for travelling in the heatwave.

This is due to the ‘severe’ weather.

Southern Rail reduced timetable

Southern Rail have warned that the extreme heat will impact their railway timetable.

They have advised passengers to plan their journey via the National Rail journey planner.

Southern Rail return journeys warning

Southern rail have also warned commuters to expect delays on return trains in the evening, due to ‘significant disruption’.

They also expected cancellations and delays across the network, as trains will be running at reduced speed limits due to the heat.

Met Office update on heatwave

The Met Office have issued an update regarding the heatwave.

Spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said there would be ‘exceptional heat’ across the UK today and tomorrow.

Tomorrow will see a peak of temperatures in central and eastern England.

She said in those areas, there is a possibility of temperatures reaching 37-38C, with the hot weather also staying overnight.

’The other thing is overnight temperatures tonight and going into tomorrow, temperatures in some of these eastern urban areas could sty up to the mid-20s which could be the overnight minimum,’ Ms Maxey added.

’We’ve had high pressure over the UK for a while, so these warm temperatures last week have been boosted now as we’ve got hot air coming in from the south combining with our own warm air we already had. That’s pushing these temperatures up even higher.’

ROMANSE reports the lanes on the A31 has been cleared.

Delays are easing.

NHS heatwave advice

The NHS have issued the following advice to vulnerable people, who may be susceptible to the heatwave.

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