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Large parts of England are set to be officially declared a region of drought TODAY

Added 08-12-22 01:36:03am EST - “Large parts of England are set to be officially declared in a state of drought today - leaving millions more facing hosepipe bans and other curbs.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Parts of England set to be officially declared in drought TODAY”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Large parts of England are set to be officially declared in a state of drought today which could last until next year leaving millions more facing hosepipe bans and other curbs as temperatures hit 95F (35C) making the country hotter than parts of the Caribbean.

The hardest-hit areas in the South and East of the country are expected to be classified as drought-stricken which will put pressure on water companies to do more to conserve supplies and Brits panic buy bottled water in case of shortages. 

Around 17million people are already affected by hosepipe bans – and another 15million could soon join them after the driest July on record for some areas and the driest first half of the year since 1976. 

Jamie Hannaford, a hydrologist at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, which advises the Government, told the Telegraph: 'The autumn-winter period as a whole will be critical to dictating what the water resources position will be as we go into 2023.'

There are also fears that when it finally does rain that it will cause flash floods, the Met Office said with warnings set for northern parts of the UK next week. This has already prompted farmers like TV star Jeremy Clarkson to harvest their crops early. 

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