The Heatwave Could Be Set To Continue For A While Yet
Remember 'The Beast from the East?' - that feels like a long time ago now, doesn't it?
As the UK has been enjoying high temperatures, sunshine, and BBQ weather for a good while now, the depths of winter couldn't feel further away from us. And it's going to keep going for a while yet too!
It looks as if the next fortnight - whilst there will still be some rain about - is going to remain pretty good. In fact, it could even go on for another month yet, according to forecasters.
Imagine that - another month of hot weather. The bloody roads are melting now as it is, and it's only been a few days.
OK, so some places in the UK have had thunderstorms, lightning, and torrential rain, but for most of us it's been shorts and sandals stuff. Large portions of the UK have had 30 degrees Celsius or more on a few days.
Last week, in fact, it got up to 33 degrees. That's a record for this time of the year.
However, the good weather hasn't been without its problems. Large parts of the North West of England are on fire, which is no good. There are also going to be water shortages around the country too.
The North West is on the point of a hosepipe ban, and Northern Ireland has already introduced one - the first in 6 years.
A spokesperson for United Utilities, who provides the water for North Western England, said: "Unfortunately, if demand continues at this level, we will consider imposing a formal hosepipe ban."
Good news for Wimbledon though, at least.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: "There's a plume of warm moisture coming in from the South from the continent.
"It will be very warm again today, with the warm, moist air contributing to thunderstorms.
"There could be some rain in the next seven days, a few more showers as we get into Wednesday or Thursday, but they'll be fairly hit and miss."
As well as Northern England and Northern Ireland, most water companies have asked for people t be 'water-wise' and think about how much water they use. That means not having four showers a day, and re-using as much water as possible.
Although a hosepipe ban has not been formally introduced, the water companies are asking people to think on before they use them. If possible, they should use a watering can for watering plants, and not run hoses and sprinklers unnecessarily.
Just get out in the garden and get the barbecue on.
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