Radar issue delays flights at Heathrow and Gatwick airports

UK flights getting back to normal after air traffic control problems

Nats said: "We have a technical problem with a system at the Swanwick Air Traffic Control, which is causing some flight restrictions".

Isle of Man air passengers have been unable to get to Gatwick overnight after extreme weather has caused delays.

The Met Office said Thursday was potentially the UK's hottest ever day after it received a provisional recording of 38.7C at Cambridge Botanic Garden.

Gatwick Airport advised passengers to check with their airline for updates.

British Airways said it had been affected by severe weather conditions overnight as well as by the technical issue.

Elsewhere, there was disruption on the Midland Main Line between London St Pancras and Sheffield and on services operated by Great Northern, Thameslink, East Midlands Trains and West Midlands Trains.

"We apologise for any inconvenience people may be experiencing, and will provide further information as soon as possible".

Air traffic control company Nats reported a technical problem at its Swanwick centre in Hampshire, which controls airspace across the southern United Kingdom, shortly after noon.

European air traffic co-ordinating agency Eurocontrol said the problem was caused by an "issue with radar displays".

"Everything was done to keep trains moving where possible, and last night hundreds of staff were out fixing the damage and repairing the railway ready for today".

Having earlier warned against making non-essential journeys, Network Rail later urged passengers to check for the latest service information before they travel.

Heathrow, which saw a record-breaking 37.9 Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) yesterday, said: "Flights are now arriving and departing at Heathrow, and we are supporting NATS to resolve the issue as quickly as possible".

Eurotunnel services have also been hit by delays as a result of hot weather, with passengers warned against all but "essential travel" as trains to and from Paris are "severely disrupted".

Along Scotland's Moray Firth coastline the temperatures will range from 25C-27C (77F-80.6F), while in the South East and East Anglia, the mercury will rise to 30C-31C (86F-87.8F).

New high-temperature records have also been set in parts of Belgium, Germany and Holland as a heatwave grips western and central Europe, pushing above 40C.

The UK will see a return to more familiar conditions this weekend, as the weather becomes less settled; there is a high chance of rain for many eastern and north-eastern areas.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Mongolians urged to get tested for hepatitis
Currently, medical care is inaccessible for 8 out of 10 people with hepatitis, including preventive, diagnostic and curative care. Liver function tests - this test will determine the efficiency of your liver and let you know of any first signs of indication.

All 2020 Apple iPhone models could support 5G
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared his opinion on Apple's 5G strategy in a note to investors seen by MacRumors . MmWave is delivered at frequencies between 24GHz and 90GHz, while sub-6GHz is self-explanatory.

Nokia 9.1 PureView coming in Q4 with Snapdragon 855
The Nokia 9 PureView was created to be a camera-centric phone but still failed to match up to other flagships in most use cases . HMD Global will look to refresh the Nokia 9 Preview with an improved camera module which will be done with help from Light .

USA signs asylum agreement with Guatemala
The controversial deal, which critics say is illegal and tainted, is certain to face correct challenges in the USA and already does in Guatemala.

Italy says 2 United States teens confess in slaying of Rome policeman
Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and two deputy prime ministers, Salvini and Luigi Di Maio, are expected to attend. After realising they had received fake product, the suspects looked for the seller, police told The New York Times .

Other news