UK: Amidst the scorching heatwaves that have been persistent in the United Kingdom, the Drought is set to be declared today in some parts of England. The temperatures in the country have been soaring up to 35 degrees Celsius, which is hotter than the Caribbean. Earlier, the Met Office had issued a four-days extreme heatwave warning along with an exceptional risk of breakouts of fires at various places.
The National Drought Group, constituting of Government and agency officials, water companies and other groups such as the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), is scheduled to meet on Friday to discuss the prolonged dry weather in the country.
Drought is expected to be declared for the most affected areas in Southern and Eastern England as the year marked the driest July and the driest first half of the year that was last reported in 1976.
Consequently, the Environmental agencies and water companies have been actively indulged in imposing measures to tackle the issues of low water levels. The hosepipe bans in certain areas of England have been one major move towards the same. Recently, Yorkshire Waters announced the hosepipe ban that would come into effect from August 26th.
Neil Dewis, director of Yorkshire Waters, said that this imposition has come into effect, keeping in sight the receding water stocks and the need to maintain clean river waters in the long run. The temperature on Friday afternoon is expected to soar up to 35 degrees celsius. The citizens have been warned of amber heat across England and Wales, that will be affecting their health and transportation.
There is also a heat health alert issued by the UK Health Security Agency. The experts have advised people to take special care of senior citizens with pre-existing health conditions, as well as young children.