“Future summers could last longer with an increased risk of drought.”
This will affect food supplies and the tourist industry.
The government has issued a press release declaring the whole of the West Country as under drought conditions:
The Environment Agency has today agreed that all of the South West of England is now in drought following some of the driest conditions in nearly 90 years.
As reported across the media today:
This follows on from Devon being declared as such earlier in the month:
Here’s a little more analysis from the BBC on today’s announcement:
Future summers could last longer with an increased risk of drought, according to the Met Office. Research found that summer-like weather patterns will also lead to warmer and drier autumns from the mid-2020s. The Environment Agency said it follows some of the driest conditions in nearly 90 years.
Chris Paul, the Environment Agency’s area drought lead, said: “Despite some heavy rain over the past two weeks, it has not been enough to refill our rivers and aquifers. River levels across our Wessex area are exceptionally low – many showing the lowest flows on record. This places incredible strain on local wildlife and this is why we are moving to drought status.”
Experts have said sufficient rainfall over the autumn and winter would replenish rivers, lakes, groundwater and reservoirs to normal levels by spring, but planning should begin now on how to manage shortfalls next year if the coming months are dry.
This will affect food supplies:
And it will affect the tourist industry: