UK heatwave weather forecast: Yorkshire Water hose ban as drought ‘could last until 2023’

Aftermath of Dagenham bushfires shows devastation

A drought has been declared in much of England as the driest summer in decades leaves millions of people with water restrictions.

Parts of the south west and parts of southern, eastern and central England are getting drought status, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says.

Yorkshire Water is the latest company to announce a ban on the use of garden hoses as another heat wave scorches the country after months of little rain.

The restrictions will come into effect from Aug. 26, the company’s president, Neil Dewis, said, citing fears of declining water supplies and the need to be careful about “clean water and long-term river health” as the basis. for his decision.

Experts warned Thursday that only “exceptional rainfall” in these worst-affected parts of the country in the fall and winter would allow water supplies to return to normal before next year, raising concerns that the restrictions could last until 2023.

“The autumn-winter period as a whole will be crucial in determining what the position of water resources will be by 2023,” said Jamie Hannaford, hydrologist at the UK Center for Ecology and Hydrology.

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Khan calls on Londoners to support water conservation efforts

Sadiq Khan has called on Londoners to “play their part by saving water at home” after parts of England went into drought

On Twitter, the Mayor of London said: “I urge water companies to act quickly to stop the leaks that lead to millions of gallons of water being wasted.”

He continued: “I remain in touch with Thames Water to ensure that Londoners are fully supported during these challenging times.”

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Watch: Drought officially declared in parts of the UK during ongoing dry spell

Drought officially declared in parts of the UK during prolonged dry spell

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‘Weeks of rain’ needed to end drought in England

It will take “weeks of rain” to end the drought sweeping parts of England, an Environment Agency chief has warned.

Speak with BBC Radio 4s World at One, John Curtin, executive director for local operations at the agency, said: “It’s mainly a signal that this isn’t a normal summer now, so water will be an issue and probably a problem for the coming months, depending on how the winter is over.”

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He added: “It all depends on the weather, I’m afraid.

“Next week there are likely to be heavy showers on Monday, Tuesday. But please don’t think that will stop the drought because we are talking about … we lost a week of rain and it will take weeks of rain, we will probably need average or slightly above average rainfall this fall in this winter to next year there will be no drought.”

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Watch: Met Office issues thunderstorm warning for Monday

Met Office issues thunderstorm warning for Monday

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Senior Tory calls for climate action, as drought declared: ‘We must not rest on our laurels’

A senior Tory MP has said confirmation of drought status for parts of England should encourage more action to tackle climate change.

The chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, Philip Dunne MP, called the National Drought Group’s drought statement “deeply worrying”.

“We should not rest on our laurels that ‘enough’ is being done to tackle climate change: the severity and frequency of heat waves should focus the mind and lead to increased efforts to improve the way we use and value water. to adjust.”

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Keir Starmer lashes out at government preparations for drought

Sir Keir Starmer has accused the government of not fully preparing the UK for drought.

Parts of the south west, parts of southern and central England and the east of England were given official drought status on Friday.

The Labor leader said in Edinburgh: “Water companies are not doing enough to tackle spills and other problems.

“We saw the wastewater going into rivers and I think some of the rules should have been used better.

“I would have liked to see much higher fines for companies that do not do what is necessary. But there is a well-known pattern here, which is that we have a government without strategy.

“This drought, this hot period, was predictable. But as usual we had no plan from the government and this is the pattern, this is the character of this government.”

He said Labor would have a “strategic plan” for water supplies.

“The existing regulations are not being used to their full potential. I think there should also be new rules to make sure we plan for the future.”

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Grass fire flares up in Leytonstone

According to the London Fire Brigade (LFB), five fire engines and about 35 firefighters have been called to a grass fire on Whips Cross Road in Leytonstone.

About two hectares of grassland would be on fire.

An LFB spokesperson said: “High temperatures are still forecast, especially for the next few days, and the ground remains dry.

“We are urging people to take extra care and help us avoid fires on open land this summer.

“Ensure that waste, especially glass, is disposed of safely and cigarettes are always disposed of correctly. The grass will be tinder-dry after periods of warm weather, so please don’t hold barbecues in parks and public areas.”

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Owners of ‘Britain’s best garden’ reveal how to keep flowers alive as garden hose ban looms

A couple who created ‘Britain’s best garden’ have revealed their best tips for keeping lawns, plants and flowers looking pristine during the drought and sweltering heat wave.

Tony Newton, 72, and wife Marie, 74, have managed to make their award-winning “Four Season” oasis look spectacular, despite the country basking in extreme heat.

The couple have spent 40 years creating one of the country’s most celebrated backyards in the heart of the Black Country in Walsall, West Midlands.

And now the green-fingered couple have shared their best gardening tips for keeping UK lawns looking healthy amid rising temperatures and looming ban on garden hoses.

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Vegetable prices ‘shoot up in winter’ due to heat wave

Prices of vegetables, including potatoes and onions, are likely to rise this winter due to difficulties growing crops during the heat wave, a former environment minister predicts.

Farmer and ex-minister Sir Robert Goodwill told Radio 4’s The World at One’s dry conditions were the worst he’d seen in his farming career.

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Heat wave: how water shortages led some regions to ban garden hoses

As parts of the UK face a ban on the use of garden hoses due to extreme heat in the region, our video team takes a look at how the situation got to this point.

Yorkshire Water, which serves five million customers, is the latest to announce a ban on garden hoses, effective August 26.

“We don’t know, and can’t be sure it will rain,” said Neil Dewis, director of Yorkshire Water, adding that the restrictions will allow them to “maintain the water supply until next year.” .

The Southern Water garden hose ban is already in effect and the South East Water restrictions go into effect today (Aug. 12).

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