Hot weather latest as an amber weather warning for extreme heat remains in place across the south; temperatures are expected to hit 35C on Sunday; a teenager died in Skegness after entering the sea.
Grass has turned brown in Greenwich Park, London, as the UK’s latest heatwave continues to scorch the ground – heightening the risk of wildfires.
A drought has been announced in eight parts of England amid the country’s driest summer in 50 years.
Residents in Surrey were without water on Saturday after issues hit the Netley Mill Water Treatment Works.
Water supplier Thames Water apologised and handed out bottled water to residents in Guilford, Surrey Hills, Dorking and Horsham while engineers worked to restore the supply.
By Sunday morning the problem had been fixed, with residents being told water was “gradually returning to the area”.
Councillor Liz Townsend from Surrey County Council criticised Thames Water for the supply issues during one of the hottest weekends of the year.
A statement from Thames Water said: “Netley Mill Water Treatment Works is now back in service and supply is gradually being restored to the local network. This will continue over the remainder of the day.
“We are very sorry that customers have been impacted especially at a time of high temperatures.
“When supplies do begin to return, we are asking customers to try to use this just for essential use initially. This will help us return supplies to everyone quicker.”
The photograph below pictures a boat as it lies in the dried up Huddersfield narrow canal near Linthwaite in the Colne Valley on Sunday.
A drought has been declared for parts of England following the driest summer for 50 years – while a heatwave hits yet again.
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%.
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We reported in the last few minutes as Lincolnshire Police confirmed a teenage boy had died after going into the sea at Skegness.
Now, Superintendent Lee Pache has shared the scale of missing persons calls being received by the force in the wake of Britain’s latest heatwave.
He said: “We received a high volume of calls for missing people on the coast yesterday. At one point, within two hours, we received 10 calls.
“All of those who were reported missing, other than the child who sadly died, were located safe and well.
“Our thoughts are with the boy’s family.”
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A teenage boy has died after going into the sea at Skegness on Saturday, Lincolnshire Police said today.
A statement added: “Emergency services received a report that a child under 16 was in the water at around 6.15pm on Saturday 13 August.
“A search was carried out by police and coastguard and the boy’s body was recovered at around 11.30pm.”
Hundreds of people have flocked to the seaside this weekend as the UK experiences yet another heatwave, with temperatures of 34C recorded yesterday.
Last night, it was confirmed the body of a man in his 20s was recovered from a lake in Doncaster.
Southern parts of the UK are forecast to experience temperatures of up to 35C by 2pm on Sunday, the latest from the Met Office says.
Then, as the week progresses, temperatures will slowly drop to the mid-to-high 20s.
The Met Office said: “We will see temperatures gradually return to near average levels over the next few days as the hot and humid air eases away to the southeast.”
David Exwood is happy with his crop of oats. Like other cereals, they’ve benefitted from rain in the earlier part of the year and then the heatwave ripened the crop and dried it out before harvesting.
But it’s still an anxious time. Not just because combining his crop on flinty soil brings the risk of sparks and fire.
He also rears beef and right now, with no green grass for them to eat, he’s having to feed them what he’s stored for winter.
Impacts like that can trickle down on food prices. And it’s not just livestock. Other crops, like potatoes, carrots, onions and sugar beet are thirsty and sensitive to drought.
Yields of these are forecast to be 10 to 50% lower than in a typical year.
Read more from our science and technology editor Tom Clarke below…
The RNLI has issued a warning this morning to beachgoers – asking them to leave inflatable rings, rafts and toys at home if heading to the seaside.
It says: “Thinking of taking an inflatable to the beach? Think again.
“Inflatable rings, rafts and toys can float for hours. Be beach safe this summer and leave inflatables at home or in the pool.”
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