February 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm
It’s a well-known fact that we Brits love nothing more than to moan about the weather. With the average British summertime usually consisting of little more than the odd sunny day puncturing the norm of dour, grey, wet days that leave us regretting that stockpile of portable barbecues and the freezer stacked full of sausages and burgers, drizzle and sudden downpours are nothing new to us.
It may, therefore, come as a slight shock to the average Brit that forecasters are issuing warnings about the potential for a future drought across the nation.
Forecasters are concerned that a number of regions in the United Kingdom may experience water shortages over the course of the next year or so, due to the fact that reserves have not been adequately replenished over the winter months. Bristol Water has revealed that reservoirs in the South West are currently just two thirds full after a December that was actually the driest in nearly 50 years.
With the lack of rainfall in regions across the UK including the South West, Wales, and Northern England causing river levels to fall dramatically, water companies are now hoping for a sustained period of heavy rain before spring emerges in order for stocks to be replenished.
Despite the warnings currently being issued by water companies including Bristol Water, the Environment Agency has moved to reassure Brits, with a spokesperson for the agency stating that there is no real cause for alarm, with water levels actually relatively normal compared to the average figures for this time of year.