The aftermath of the Dagenham fires show the devastation

Yorkshire Water has become the latest company to announce a garden hose ban as another heat wave scorches the country after months of low rainfall.

The restrictions will come into effect from August 26, company director Neil Dewis said, citing fears over falling water stocks and the need to exercise caution over “the supply of clean and safe water.” the long-term health of the rivers” as the basis for its decision.

It comes as drought is set to be declared in some of the worst affected parts of southern and eastern England after many faced the driest July on record.

Experts on Thursday warned that only “exceptional rains” in these worst-hit parts of the country during autumn and winter would ensure that water supplies return to normal before next year, prompting concern that the restrictions could last until 2023.

“The autumn-winter period as a whole will be key in determining what the water resources situation will be like as we approach 2023,” said Jamie Hannaford, a hydrologist at the UK Center for Ecology and Hydrology.

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Thames Water garden hose ban ‘could be brought forward if drought is declared’

Thames Water is “ready to go” to announce a garden hose ban if a drought is declared, its chief strategy and regulatory affairs officer has said.

Cathryn Ross said there is a process to introduce a ban, but it could be circumvented if an official drought declaration is made later on Friday.

She said BBC breakfastst: “We have to wait to see what the government says and what exactly it means, maybe even later today. I don’t know, we’ll obviously think about it.

“But, as you’ve probably noticed, at Thames Water we’ve been asking our customers since the end of May to react to hot weather, react to dry weather and really take action to use water wisely.”

When asked if a drought had been declared, if the garden hose ban could come into effect immediately, she replied: “Most likely, yes. We are ready to enforce our garden hose ban.

“Obviously before we introduce the ban itself, we have to be really ready with all of our communications for people across the region, so we really know for everyone what they can do, what they can’t do and if they have any problems how to contact us, we are ready to do that.

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Extreme heat ‘more evidence’ of climate change, minister says

Cabinet Minister Therese Coffey has called on water companies to “do their part” to reduce water leaks as another heat wave scorches the country after months of low rainfall.

When asked if the extreme heat causing drought in England was due to climate change, the Work and Pensions Secretary replied Sky News“I think that’s certainly more evidence, if people needed it, of the impact of extreme weather events on gradual climate change.”

She added: “In the short term, we have seen an increase in investment to try to reduce leakage…water companies must continue to do their part to reduce unnecessary leakage.”

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Sainsbury’s and Tesco halt sales of disposable barbecues due to ‘exceptional’ fire risk

Sainsbury’s and Tescos are the latest supermarkets to halt sales of disposable barbecues over fears of starting dangerous wildfires after the recent drought left the grasslands like a powder keg.

It follows in the footsteps of Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Aldi in halting sales of potentially dangerous products altogether.

Tesco initially implemented a temporary local ban on disposable barbecue sales near Areas of Outstanding Beauty – a policy similar to those currently in place at Co-op and Morrisons outlets.

Meanwhile, a Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “As a precaution, we are removing all disposable barbecues from sale until further notice.

Safety is our top priority and we have made this decision due to the hot and dry weather we are currently experiencing across the country.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and listen to customer feedback.”

It follows a petition on the UK government’s website calling for a nationwide ban which has so far garnered over 20,000 signatures.

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Drought could last until 2023, experts warn

Experts have warned that only ‘exceptional rainfall’ in worst-hit parts of southern and eastern England over the autumn and winter will ensure water supplies return to normal before next year, raising fears that the restrictions could last until 2023.

“The autumn-winter period as a whole will be key in determining what the water resources situation will be like as we approach 2023,” said Jamie Hannaford, a hydrologist at the UK Center for Ecology and Hydrology.

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Yorkshire Water announces first garden hose ban in 27 years as reservoir levels fall below 50%

Yorkshire Water has become the latest company to announce a garden hose ban, with the restrictions taking effect on August 26.

Yorkshire Water’s water manager, Neil Dewis, said: ‘Our decision to introduce a garden hose ban is based on the risk that water stocks will continue to fall in the coming weeks and on the need to be careful about the supply of drinking water and the long-term health of rivers. ”

There is also a heat health alert from the UK Health Security Agency, with experts advising people to be careful of those who are older or have existing health conditions, as well as young children.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain reports:

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Drought could be declared for parts of England amid heatwave

Drought is set to be declared in parts of England as another heatwave scorches the country after months of low rainfall.

Drought is expected to be declared in the worst affected parts of England in the south and east, following the driest July on record for some areas and the driest first half since 1976.

The National Drought Group – made up of government and agency officials, water companies and other groups such as the National Farmers Union (NFU) – is due to meet today to discuss the prolonged dry weather.

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In pictures: Wildfires rage across Europe

A man and a child watch a fire in Carrapichana, Celorico da Beira, Portugal

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A view shows trees and vegetation scorched by a major fire in Hostens, as wildfires continue to spread through the Gironde region of southwestern France

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A view of a house and car destroyed by fire in Belin-Beliet, as wildfires continue to spread in the Gironde region of southwestern France

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A photo taken on the night of August 11, 2022 shows the sky turning red as it is illuminated by flames during a forest fire near Belin-Beliet, in southwestern France

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Watch: The sky over southern France fills with flames after wildfires rage across the country

Forest fires: Skies over southern France fill with flames in apocalyptic scenes

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Government responds to Labor claims they ‘put the smoke alarm on standby’

A government spokesperson said: ‘The government is committed to ensuring fire services have the resources they need to protect us, including from wildfires, and overall fire and rescue authorities will receive around £2.5bn in 2022/23.

“Lessons from the July heatwave are being implemented at pace and we are conducting daily risk assessments with the key agencies involved to ensure we are fully prepared for extreme weather conditions.

“We will define our approach for the country’s resilience until 2030 and ensure that we continue to be ready to meet all future challenges.”

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The Met Office: Another hot, dry day expected across the UK