Skip to content

Drought Declared in England Amid Extreme Hot Weather

  • Parts of west, south, central and east England affected
  • It comes as families are stopped fromn watering gardens
The exposed bed of the Arlington Reservoir, operated by South East Water Ltd., near Polegate, UK, on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. Extreme heat and dry weather are putting intense pressure on England's water supply.
The exposed bed of the Arlington Reservoir, operated by South East Water Ltd., near Polegate, UK, on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. Extreme heat and dry weather are putting intense pressure on England's water supply.Photographer: Carlos Jasso/Bloomberg
Updated on

England is officially in a drought across vast swathes of the country, the government’s Environment Agency has announced, as another heat wave intensifies and water companies impose restrictions on household use.

Parts of western, southern, central and eastern England were put into “drought” status following a meeting of the National Drought Group on Friday. England, normally associated with drizzly weather, recorded its driest July since 1935, according to the Met Office, and is facing a new reality of heat waves and pressure on the water supply in the summer months.