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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

British Government declares drought in some areas of England

The British government this Friday officially declared a drought in some areas of the south west, south, central and east of England due to the absence of rain and prolonged periods of high temperatures.

With this announcement, made by the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, drinking water supply companies can begin to ban the use of water to conserve reserves.

The Office of Meteorology (MET, in English) yesterday announced an extreme heat warning for a second heat wave in England and Wales, which is expected to last until this Sunday.

The state of drought was declared at the end of a meeting of the so-called National Drought Group, by representatives of the Environment Ministry, water companies, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union (NFU). , in English), as well as the water service regulator Offwatt.

Secretary of State for Water Steve Double told media today that the country is “experiencing a second heat wave after the driest July on record in some parts of the country. The government and other allies are already taking action.” agency, including the environment, to manage the impacts”.

“All water companies have assured us that essential supplies are safe and we have made it clear that it is their duty to maintain those supplies,” he said.

“We are better prepared than ever for a period of dry weather, but we will continue to monitor the situation, including the impact on farmers and the environment, and take additional action as needed,” Double said.

Some water companies in Wales and the south of England have already announced restrictions on the use of water, such as a ban on the use of hoses to water gardens or wash cars.

A current heat wave alert, below a maximum (red) of amber, will remain in effect until Sunday and will particularly affect parts of central and southern England and Wales.

In some areas, temperatures can reach 37 degrees, but well below the temperatures recorded in the first heat wave early last July, when they reached 40 degrees.

Seasonally, there is an “extraordinary” risk of fire because pastures are too dry due to lack of rain, a condition that has lasted more than a month, for which the population has been recommended to avoid barbecue.

According to the Met, a heat wave can impact the health and transportation of the most vulnerable, such as children and the elderly.

On the other hand, the temperature in Scotland and Northern Ireland is around 25 degrees. In the July heat wave, the UK recorded unusual summer temperatures and for the first time the country was forced to declare a red alert.

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