UK News: Another UK region declares drought with 'not enough rain to fix the problem'

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Eight other areas of England are already facing drought conditions (Picture: PA) © Provided by Metro Eight other areas of England are already facing drought conditions (Picture: PA)

A drought has been declared in Yorkshire for the first time in four years.

The region joins eight areas of England that were moved into drought status on Friday.

The announcement was made today by the Environment Agency following a week where temperatures soared to above 30°C.

Yorkshire was one of the areas to be hit with temperatures of more than 40°C on the hottest UK day on record last month.

Victoria Slingsby, environment planning and engagement manager for the Environment Agency in Yorkshire, said today: ‘The high temperatures we are experiencing have exacerbated pressures on wildlife and our water environment in Yorkshire.

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‘These extreme weather conditions become more likely with climate change.

‘We are experiencing some much-needed rain this week, but it will not be enough to correct weeks of dry weather, and it will take more prolonged rainfall to wet up soils and replenish rivers, reservoirs and groundwater levels.

‘It’s important for everyone to manage the amount of water they are using in this exceptionally dry period.’

Yorkshire last experienced a drought in autumn 2018.

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