IT IS getting hot, hot, hot with temperatures expected to hit the early 30s across parts of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. 

Summer is finally here and this week the nation is being gripped by a heatwave - the Met Office have issued an amber weather warning for extreme heat across the south west.

The weather warning will remain in place until midnight on Thursday, July 22, and warns of adverse health effects due to the heat including dehydration, nausea and fatigue.

Here is your hour-by-hour guide for the weather in the Bournemouth area today:

Tuesday, July 20

10am - 24C sunny

11am - 26C sunny

Midday - 27C sunny

1pm - 26C sunny

2pm - 27C sunny

3pm - 28C sunny

4pm - 28C sunny

5pm - 28C sunny

6pm - 27C sunny

7pm - 27C sunny

8pm - 26C sunny

9pm - 25C sunny

10pm - 23C sunny

11pm - 22C sunny

Forecaster Bournemouth and Poole Weather said that temperatures already hit 27C by 10am with the heat expected to last right through the night again.

Warm weather has also allowed the sea temperature to rise to 18C so if you need to cool off, it's prime time to go for a dip.

The sunshine and extreme heat is set to continue for the next few days, with potential highs of 33C.