Hot weather latest as temperatures look set to reach 34C in parts of the UK this weekend; several places experienced a “tropical night”, where 20C heat remained overnight.
Firefighters remain at the scene of a huge blaze in Studland for the second day on Saturday.
This morning, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said it appears the fire was sparked by a campfire and BBQ found at the centre.
It added: “Please DO NOT have campfires, bonfires or use barbecues in the countryside. #BringAPicnicNotABBQ #Dorset #Wiltshire.”
The fire has been scaled back since Friday, when up to 100 firefighters were tackling the blaze at the popular Dorset beach.
Holidaymakers are told to avoid the area “for their own safety”.
Temperatures could hit 35C in London on Saturday according to the latest forecast by the Met Office.
Those in Birmingham and Cardiff will also see the mercy hit the mid-30s, while Southampton, Norwich and Plymouth are expected to see 32C.
Things will be cooler further north, with Newcastle forecast to reach highs of 24C – and 22C in Aberdeen.
Sam Kenyon, a livestock farmer from the Vale of Clwyd in North Wales, this morning told Sky News how she fears she will run out of grass shortly.
She said: “We’re starting to run out of grass now with the drought, we’re starting to run short on grazing.
“Also, with hindsight it wasn’t the best year to start growing vegetables on a small scale for a local market, so we really struggle to keep those plants growing.”
Asked if she has enough hay to get through the summer, Ms Kenyon said she is “nervous” that the hay they harvested could set alight in the heat.
“I’ve got enough grass for the next 10 days grazing and then I’m a bit nervous,” she said.
“But thankfully we invested in some deep rooting pastures so we’ve got a diverse mix of seed which has helped to tap into that water further down in the soil.”
Turning to Ireland for a moment…
A heat warning remains in effect countrywide as temperatures could go above 30C in parts of Ireland this weekend.
A Status Yellow hot weather warning is in place and remains in effect until 6am on Monday.
Forecaster Met Eireann has said it will be very warm or hot on Saturday and Sunday with maximum temperatures ranging between 27 to 30C, but added they could be higher locally.
Temperatures may not be as high in coastal areas due to sea breezes, particularly in the northwest of the country.
It will also be warm overnight with minimum temperatures around 15C.
The Department of Agriculture’s Orange Forest Fire Warning, issued in response to “weather patterns and expected level of risk”, also remains in effect until noon on Tuesday.
The Met Office has this morning issued a new yellow weather alert for thunderstorms in Scotland and Northern Ireland from tomorrow morning.
It says there is a “small chance” that homes and businesses “could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds”.
The Met Office adds: “Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.
“There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.”
Meanwhile, an amber alert for extreme heat will remain in place across southern parts of the UK on Sunday.
The British Geological Survey has this morning warned of an “increased risk” from rockfalls due to the heatwave lingering in the UK this weekend.
It has urged Britons to “stay away from cliff edges” when visiting coastal regions to cool off in the summer heat.
As we mentioned earlier, a drought has been declared in eight regions of the UK as Britain continues to face an unprecedented summer of heatwaves.
Now, Labour’s deputy leader has urged the prime minister to call a high-level COBRA meeting to discuss a response to the warm weather.
She also accused the Conservatives of “lurching from crisis to crisis with no forward planning”, as new analysis from Labour shows three billion litres of water are being lost in Britain every day.
Labour are calling on Downing Street to boost Britain’s resilience and publish the National Resilience Strategy.
Ms Rayner said: “This is the second major heatwave in weeks but this Tory government is failing our country yet again. Conservative inaction on drought warnings is creating a dust bowl Britain.
“The Conservatives are lurching from crisis to crisis with no forward planning. This zombie government hasn’t even held a COBRA meeting whilst millions are facing droughts.”
England’s reservoirs were at their lowest level of any July on record since 1995 last month – at only 65% capacity.
The Environment Agency (EA) has now categorised most reservoirs in the country as ‘low’ after stocks dropped and drought was declared in eight areas.
Following the driest July since 1935, every single reservoir the EA monitors has recorded a decrease in water levels.
They were the lowest at Colliford reservoir in Cornwall – at 43% capacity, followed by nearby Stithians at 44%, and Derwent Valley in Derbyshire at 45%.
Read more from Sky News in the link below…
Chloe Brimicombe, heatwave researcher at the University of Reading, has been speaking to Sky News about the continuing hot weather in the UK.
She said: “This is projected to become the norm in summers as a result of our changing climate. As we can see, the area that is most effected is in the south of England.
“It could be many months before we get out of this drought situation.”
Ms Brimicombe added that the UK relies on rivers and reservoirs – but there is also the potential to use desalination plants in the future.
This is a process that takes away mineral components from saline water.
“But with the cost of living crisis, desalination takes a lot of energy so I think we would be looking at moving water from wetter parts of the country to the south of England,” she said.
“But what we could do as consumers of water is conserve our water, however we should be also staying cool.”
Droughts have been declared across swathes of England as the result of the driest summer in 50 years.
On Friday, the Environment Agency (EA) announced that drought trigger thresholds have been met in eight parts of England – across southwest, southern, eastern and central England.
As part of their announcement, officials warned that during the second official heatwave of the summer, some of the nation’s rivers are at their lowest level since records began.
Here, Sky News takes a look at what droughts are, what measures are taken as a result and how to reduce our water consumption to help protect supplies.
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