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The UK is set for a heatwave as a plume of hot weather moves north from the mid-Atlantic Portuguese islands of the Azores – sending the mercury soaring as high as 95F (35C).
Water firms and the Environment Agency fear it could spark a water shortage in some areas, leading to hosepipe bans.
The Met Office says a heatwave lasting at least 10 days is on the cards, starting from the middle of next week.
The Azores High will start to build from next week, when temperatures slowly creep upwards – with swathes of the country hitting 75F to 85F – before the thermostat jumps even higher the following weekend.
The higher temperatures will be mainly in the South.
Aidan McGivern, a forecaster at the Met Office, said: “If drier, sunnier and warmer weather is your thing then I think you will enjoy this 10-day trend.
“There are strong signals for the weather to settle down and slowly warm up through next week. Already high pressure near the Azores is starting to influence our weather.
“Eventually that high will allow the low pressure to take more of a northerly track, leaving the UK behind, pushing the jet stream away from our shores.”
Brian Gaze, a forecaster at Weather Outlook, said of the last third of July: “I wouldn’t be surprised if temperatures climbed to 35C.” Water regulator
Ofwat advised: “If possible, take a shower instead of a bath. A fiveminute shower uses half the volume of a bath. Wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine or dishwasher.”
The Environment Agency said: “People should use water wisely and follow advice. Further hot, dry weather could put pressure on some areas. We will continue to take action where necessary. River flows and reservoir levels have receded across central and south-western England.”
The last major hosepipe ban was in 2018. Seven million households had water restrictions following the longest heatwave in the UK since 1976.
Customers were not allowed to use a hose to water their garden or plants, clean cars and outdoor surfaces. Offenders faced fines of up to £1,000.
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