Drought to officially be declared tomorrow in parts of England

Officials will declare a drought in south-west England tomorrow, it’s understood.

The announcement looms after the country suffered the driest start to the year since 1976, Sky News reports.

It also follows a heat health alert issued for this week as temperatures surge to 35°C.

Meanwhile, the risk of wildfires breaking out in parts of England and Wales has been elevated to its highest level – ‘exceptional’.

Those living in the south-west are likely to be hit with a number of restrictions on domestic and commercial use of water tomorrow.

The last drought in the UK was declared in 2018, following on from one in 2011.

But the government is said to fear a worse outcome this year as climate change makes heatwaves more frequent, intense and long-lasting.

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