BRITAIN is on drought alert as experts warn water shortages are a “real and stark danger” this summer after the driest spring for nearly a century.
After two months of virtually no rain, some parts of the UK have been as dry as the Sahara desert at this time of year – making hosepipe bans “inevitable”.
With no immediate sign of heavy rainfall on the way, experts say the next few weeks will be critical for water companies, farmers and wildlife.
Reservoir levels in parts of the country are already well below average.
Some suppliers are resorting to pumping river water in to keep them topped up.
Parts of Cambridgeshire had just 0.14in of rain during the whole of last month, making it the driest March since 1929, according to the Met Office, meaning many days were on a par with the almost non-existent rainfall in the Sahara.
The South and South-east has had only four per cent of the rainfall it would usually expect at this time of year and all areas have had far less than usual.
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