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Hot Weather Sparks Fears Of Drought In UK

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Hot Weather Sparks Fears Of Drought In UK

It's a bit warm out there, isn't it? And in typical British style as we've been blessed with a few days of nice weather, there's no fears we're in the midst of a drought.

The recent heat-wave that's hit the UK has saw temperatures rising to over 30C every day last week - with the Met Office predicting that this June could be in the top five driest Junes ever.

Don't even think about turning this on. Credit: PA
Don't even think about turning this on. Credit: PA

And it looks as though the warm weather is here to stay, with forecaster Martin Bowles telling The Sun: "We expect well-above-average temperatures for the most part throughout July. They won't break individual records but will be consistently high."

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A hosepipe ban is already in place in Northern Ireland.

A spokesperson from Northern Ireland Water told the BBC: "Don't use your hose, don't sprinkle the garden, don't wash your car and take the weekend off and go to the beach."

The company also issued a list of what is 'banned':

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The ban is in place until 31 July, at which point it will be looked at and reassed.

As yet, the rest of the UK doesn't have any official restrictions. Having said that, some water companies - particularly those in the south of England - have issued their own set of guidelines to help conserve water supplies.

Customers of Southern Water were told to make some simple changes while the weather is still so hot.

Speaking to the Sun, a spokesperson from Southern Water said: "With temperatures rising and a heatwave sweeping across the UK, we are hitting peak demand for water.

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"Water is a precious resource and it's important that we all do what we can to reduce wastage, come rain or shine.

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"This can include simple measures such as turning off taps when you're brushing your teeth, swapping a bath for a four-minute shower and watering your garden with harvested rain.

"This can make a huge difference to water supply levels across the region."

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Not everyone was overjoyed at the idea of having to take a four-minute shower, particularly as it is so bloody hot outside.

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Topics: Met Office, Weather, UK News

Claire Reid
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