Much of England declared in a state of drought

Much of England declared in a state of drought

The water level at Baitings Reservoir near Manchester is abnormally low, to the point where locals can discover an old bridge there, which had long been submerged.

< p class="e-p">A state of drought was declared on Friday across much of England, which had its driest start to the year for nearly half a century, the government said British.

This measure, involving measures at the local level which can go as far as restrictions on the use of water, is declared for the first time since 2018.

It comes in the middle of a heat wave in the United Kingdom, the second of the summer, in a country not used to high temperatures. According to scientists, these episodes will multiply, lengthen and intensify under the effect of global warming.

An extreme heat orange alert has been in effect since Thursday and runs through Friday across much of southern England and part of Wales, according to UK forecaster Met Office. If the all-time high of 40.3°C reached on July 20 will not be reached, temperatures of up to 35°C are expected on Friday, and even 36°C over the weekend.

< p class="e-p">Water supplies are safe, the ministry and the environment agency said in a statement, adding that authorities are calling on water companies to continue their preventive planning in order to protect essential supplies in the event of a dry fall.

Usually water flows in the Infant River Thames, but the source of the Thames has dried up and the river that crosses London does not begin to flow until about eight kilometers further downstream.

We call on everyone to manage the amount of water they use in this exceptionally dry period, said Environment Agency Chief Executive Harvey Bradshaw.

< p class="e-p">We are better prepared than ever for periods of warm weather, but we will continue to closely monitor the situation, including the impact on farmers and the environment, and take action as necessary. further measures, said Secretary of State for Water, Steve Double.

The UK had the worst month of July driest on record in some areas and the driest first half on record since 1976.

The situation is such that the source of the Thames has run dry and the river that runs through London cannot begins to flow only about eight kilometers further downstream, an unprecedented situation.

The wildfires s e multiply, and in London parks as in much of the country, the usual green of the lawns has given way to a straw yellow and a dusty ground.

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