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Prepare for a drought warns The Environment Agency

Grassclippings - Hose Pipe BanWehave just had our wettest winter on record. Now forecasters are warning of a drought.

Parts of southern Britain could face little or no rainfall for up to ten days, says the Met Office.  The Environment Agency last night warned people to ‘use water wisely’ to ease demand.

The UK is expected to bask in warm temperatures and dry conditions due to an area of  high pressure that is likely to last into next week.

An absolute drought is defined in the UK as a period of at least 15 consecutive days where there is no more than 0.2 mm of rainfall.

A Met Office spokesman said: ‘We’ve certainly got, at least this week in the very far south, a  likelihood of very little rain.  ‘The South West is looking unlikely to see any rain, certainly up until Sunday, and then as we go into next week there is a strong signal that we’re going to be sticking with some drier weather.

‘It’s not necessarily a heatwave because there is quite a lot of cloud around, but there is very little rain around, effectively.  ‘Until Sunday, it will be relatively dry with some showers, and next week, a very similar picture. There is very little rain forecast for the next week to 10 days.’

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