Parts of England have been officially declared as being in drought after the country experienced its driest summer for 50 years.
Drought declared for parts of England
The British government said on Friday that parts of southern, central and eastern England had officially moved into drought status after a prolonged period of hot and dry weather.
England suffered its driest July since 1935, with only 35 per cent of the average rainfall for the month, and parts of England and Wales are now in the middle of a four-day “extreme heat” alert.
“All water companies have reassured us that essential supplies are still safe,” Water Minister Steve Double said.
“We are better prepared than ever before for periods of dry weather, but we will continue to closely monitor the situation, including impacts on farmers and the environment, and take further action as needed.”