Wales declares drought in southwestern regions due to heat wave



MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Wales has declared a drought in southwestern regions following a long string of hot and dry weather, the national natural resources agency said Friday.

“After the extended period of dry weather, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has confirmed that the trigger thresholds have been met to bring South West Wales into drought status from Friday 19th August,” the statement said.

The decision was made at a meeting of the Welsh government’s Drought Liaison Group after the lack of significant rainfall and the effect of high temperatures, the report said.

“South West Wales received only 65.5% of average rainfall in July and all river levels in the area are lower than expected for this time of year… Low groundwater levels coupled with record high temperatures have also put pressure on ecosystems in the region. the region and the public water supply in Pembrokeshire and parts of Carmarthenshire,” according to the NRW.

Authorities say essential water supplies remain safe, but residents and businesses are advised to follow water conservation recommendations and respect the temporary ban on use, also known as a hose ban, which came into effect on Friday.

Wales received only 61% of average rainfall in the period between March and July, making it the driest five-month period in 40 years.

The UK declared drought in 9 out of 14 parts of England on Tuesday after several days of abnormally high temperatures. On Friday, the temperature in the UK reached 40.3 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). Drought was previously declared in the country in 2018. The government said there was no immediate threat to the food supply.

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