The Summer Heatwave Could Last Until August
The heatwave that is currently baking the UK shows no sign of abating, according to forecasters.
June was the driest since records began and now weather forecasters are predicting that the warm weather will continue into July.
"There's no sign of an end to the heat," said Brian Gaze from Weather Outlook. "Warmth looks like it will continue for the first half of July and forecast models point to above-average temperatures for much of July and August."
While the majority are enjoying the excellent weather, it has been putting strains on infrastructure. Water supplies are running low in some areas and it is expected that a hosepipe ban will be enforced soon.
"Unfortunately, if demand continues at this level, we will consider imposing a formal hosepipe ban," said United Utilities, who supply water to the North West of England.
Thames Water, Severn Trent Water and industry body Water UK have all issued similar pronouncements, meaning that a hosepipe ban is imminent.
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Public Health England have been issuing warnings for several weeks regarding the heat and reiterated their statements this week. "The over-65s, young children and those with heart and lung conditions can all find normal activities a strain when temperatures get this high," they wrote.
The Met Office have confidently predicted that this amazing summer is set to continue. They have forecast a 'good deal of dry and settled weather across most parts of the UK in the second half of July with very warm or hot temperatures likely at times'.
Wildfires have struck on the moors over Manchester, with Saddleworth Moor and Winter Hill, close to Bolton, being engulfed in flames.
Locals have taken to flying drones over the affected areas and the Fire Service in Lancashire and Yorkshire were forced to release a tweet discouraging the practice.
"If you have a drone, please DO NOT fly it over Winter Hill," wrote Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. "There are helicopters flying in the area to extinguish the fire and the drones are putting firefighters' and pilots' lives at risk."
Tony Crook, head of Brigade at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, also criticised the arsonists who are thought to be responsible for the fire at Winter Hill, telling media that "It absolutely astounds me.
"You will get caught and you will get dealt with," he warned the culprits.
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