UK weather live: Amber heat warnings remain; thunderstorms to hit north; body found in Doncaster lake – Sky News

Hot weather latest as wildfires erupt in Essex and north London due to “tinderbox conditions” on Sunday; two people are reported dead in water-related incidents in Doncaster and Skegness; thunderstorm warnings are in place until Wednesday.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service has warned that yesterday’s blaze on Dartford Heath has still not been completely extinguished.
“We are aware that smoke may still be seen near the Dartford Heath area.
“One fire engine remains at the scene while crews dampen down any remaining hotspots,” they added.
“Thank you to everyone who has called to report this incident to us.”
The video below, recorded yesterday, shows dark smoke billowing over the road.
Those in North Wales have reported heavy showers and thunderstorms in the last few hours, the Met Office says.
There are yellow warnings for thunderstorms in place until Wednesday, largely covering northern Scotland and Northern Ireland until Monday.
However, the Met Office says: “Slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms have broken out across parts of North Wales.
“These may give some locally heavy downpours as well as frequent lightning over the coming few hours, as well as tricky travelling conditions in places.”
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We reported in the last few minutes as it emerged heathland is alight at a college in Enfield, north London.
Now, the London Fire Brigade says around “five hectares of heathland is alight”.
A statement adds: “Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters have been called to a grass fire at a college on Turkey Street in Enfield. 
“An area of grassland measuring around five hectares of heathland is alight. 
“The Brigade was called at 1308 and is still at the scene. Fire crews from Hornsey, Shoreditch, Holloway, Homerton and surrounding fire stations are in attendance. 
“The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.”
Another grass fire has been noted this afternoon, with the London Fire Brigade reporting eight engines were called to the scene.
The fire, at St Ignatius College on Turkey Street, is being attended by 60 firefighters.
The London Fire Brigade this afternoon revealed the first week of August saw “eight times” as many grass and open land fires compared to the same period in 2021.
It added: “It’s prompted a warning for Londoners to help prevent grass fires by not barbecuing in parks and disposing of cigarettes properly.”
This weekend, firefighters in London, Kent, Essex and Lincolnshire have battled intense wildfires in the wake of the tinderbox conditions caused by the heatwave.
This year has been considerably drier than usual in two-thirds of Great Britain’s counties, according to Sky News analysis of Met Office data.
A few areas have already introduced restrictions on water usage in response to low reservoir and groundwater levels, with more expected in the coming days.
See how rainfall this year compares to previous dry years using the link below.
Residents in East Tilbury, Essex have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed this afternoon as firefighters battle a wildfire nearby.
Essex Fire Service said: “Firefighters are on scene at a field fire near Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, which is affecting grassland and heath.
” Please avoid the area and keep windows and doors closed if you are being affected by the smoke. 
“We will update this incident when we can.”
By Laura Bundock, correspondent
Villagers in Everton, Bedfordshire, are so used to water supply issues, they keep bottles and bottles stored in case the taps run dry.
For weeks they’ve been struggling with intermittent water supplies.
Alan Goodman says: “You wake up in the morning and you literally have no idea if there will be any water. And more often than not it’s just a trickle.”
Alan now keeps a 25 litre contained normally used for brewing beer, filled with water in case supplies run out. 
The problem is, the village is high up and right at the end of the water supply line. The current drought is making things even worse.
Local farmer, Doreen Gurney, 85, says she’s never known anything like it. Her family has run a market garden here for seven generations.
She remembers the drought of 1976, but says this year’s is much more severe.
“In ’76 we had a wet winter, but this time we’ve had a dry winter and a dry spring and summer. It’s devastating”, Doreen says. 
Kent Fire and Rescue say firefighters  remained at Dartford Heath this morning, with “four fire engines in attendance” at 11am.
The blaze was first reported late last night, with up at 10 fire engines in the area as smoke billowed into nearby roads (see 2.11pm post).
A statement this morning said: “Firefighting operations are ongoing on Dartford Heath with four fire engines in attendance.
“Crews are continuing their efforts throughout the affected areas, and are working on any remaining hotspots.
“Firefighters are reminding people to ensure you avoid the heath today wherever possible, including if you are walking a dog.”
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