The haze engulfing the island could last for weeks, as air pollution soared to record levels. The pollution standards index peaked at 331 yesterday, breaking previous records and well above hazardous levels.
The haze is the result of barbeques lit across the south of England, and has sparked a series of protests, with the Isle of Wight council declaring that England does not have the right to pollute the island's atmosphere. Councils across the south of England seem to be unprepared for the diplomatic tiff, most declining to make a statement because the relevant environmental officers are currently on annual leave.
The haze is likely to last for a week or two, when the English summer is forecast to come to an end.