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UK drought warning after dry start to year

June 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm

It seems that nearly every summer the same headlines start to appear about the UK’s water problem. But this year it could be especially bad. A drought warning has already been issued after it was revealed that the start to 2010 has been the driest for nearly half a century.

The figures are worrying. The first five months of 2010 saw the lowest rainfall levels since 1964. The average rainfall from January to May was 318.9 mm compared to the long-term average of 424.1 mm. Back in 1964 the figure was 307.99 mm.

And things do not look as if they are going to improve any time soon, with June and July also set to be dry months according to forecasters.

The problem is made even worse due to the fact that winter rainfall is essential for restocking reservoirs and groundwater supplies. The spring and summer are not so good for this because a lot of the water that falls evaporates.

The northwest has been the hardest hit area of the country. Although this is usually one of the wettest areas in the UK, it has just experienced the driest five months since before the Second World War, which is particularly worrying.

But the problem is nationwide, with low water levels being witnessed across the whole country.

It is now thought that a hosepipe ban will be enforced soon. And water suppliers are asking all their customers to be especially careful with how much water they use, and to try to start using water-saving measures and devices in order to save as much water as possible.

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One response to “UK drought warning after dry start to year”

  1. Bill Tayor says:

    Cloud seeding to create more rainfall could be a Controversial issue, with the use of silver iodide a possible causes of honeybee decline, increase of sensitive skin and Asthma complaints. Just a thought, that the dramatic change during the first half of July from June’s weather could be due to to cloud seeding as an economical method of restocking our reservoirs???

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