Areas in UK hit by water shortages and grass fires as temperatures start to rise

Parts of the UK were hit by water shortages and grass fires before a Met Office yellow extreme heat warning went into effect later this week.

The weather warning comes into effect for parts of England and Wales from Thursday to Sunday, with temperatures forecast to rise to 35C or even 36C in some places.

On Tuesday, mercury rose into the high 20s in parts of southern and central England, reaching 30.1C in Ross-On-Wye in Herefordshire.

Thames Water has been pumping water into the supply network after a technical problem at Stokenchurch Reservoir in Oxfordshire.


People enjoy the hot weather on Primrose Hill in London where the grass is dry due to lack of water (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

The company later said it had managed to “improve the situation” and that all customers in the local area should now have water, but warned the pressure could be lower than normal.

“We continue to use tankers to pump water into the local supply network and are working on other ways to improve service to the area,” she added.

It comes after the company, which supplies water to 15million customers across London and the Thames Valley, became the latest water company to signal it will introduce a hosepipe ban amid the hot, dry summer.

Elsewhere, grass fires broke out on Tuesday afternoon with around 70 firefighters and 10 fire engines battling a blaze between junction 25 and junction 26 of the M25 near Enfield, north London

London Fire Brigade said around five acres of grass and bushland were ablaze, while footage shared on social media showed flames and thick black smoke billowing along the motorway where two lanes were closed.


People on a boat on the River Thames in Windsor (Steve Parsons/PA)

Another large fire broke out on Rushmere Heath near Ipswich, Suffolk. People have been urged to avoid the area and residents advised to keep doors and windows closed because of the smoke.

Meanwhile, a 14-year-old boy died on Tuesday after getting into trouble in a lake in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.

Emergency services were called to the crime scene at North Met Lake, near Cadmore Lane, just after 5pm on Monday after reports a teenager had failed to surface after being in the water.

Hertfordshire Police said hours later a body had been recovered and the boy’s next of kin had been informed.

Later on Tuesday, police announced that emergency services were looking for a man in his early 20s who disappeared in a lake off Challenge Road in Hounslow, west London.

Scotland Yard said officers were called to the scene at 5:20 p.m. and were told the man had entered the water and had not returned to shore.

The force said a search, supported by the National Police Air Service and the Marine Policing Unit, was underway and the man’s family had been informed.

Temperatures will not be as extreme as in July, which broke records when thermometers climbed above 40C for the first time in some areas of the UK. Areas in UK hit by water shortages and grass fires as temperatures start to rise

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