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Forget The Floods And Get Ready To Shiver
After a mini heatwave and the wettest April on record, now parts of Britain are braced for a taste of some wintry weather.
Forecasters say it will be turning much colder as we head towards the weekend, with some areas seeing unseasonable frost and sub-zero temperatures.
Sky weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said: "It's all thanks to a cold front slowly moving southwards across the UK on Friday. This will bring with it colder air into northern areas.
It'll be chilly for Scotland and Northern Ireland and northern Scotland could see a few wintry showers.
"On Saturday again some wintry showers are likely over the hills of Scotland."
Flood warnings and alerts remain in place after the recent heavy rainfall, with some rivers set to reach their peaks.
The Environment Agency is urging people to keep away from swollen rivers and not attempt to walk or drive through flood waters.
On Monday, a mental health tribunal judge died when his car was swept away by 5ft of fast-flowing water at a ford in Headley, Hampshire.
Although the wettest April on record has started to restore water levels below ground, experts say it will take a lot more time and rain to undo the effects of two dry winters and bring swathes of England out of drought.
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has even raised the possibility of standpipes returning to UK streets if the country is hit by a third dry winter in a row.
"Whereas it's most unlikely we would have standpipes this year, if we have another dry winter that becomes more likely.
"We really do need a wet winter to get back to normal conditions," Mrs Spelman said.
:: One in four Britons have been using their hosepipes in spite of the ban, a survey claims.
A poll of more than 1,000 people living in drought-affected areas for Gardeners' World magazine found that 25% had been totally or partially ignoring the ban imposed by seven water companies on April 5.
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what do you think?
I may not be an expert , in fact im pretty sure im not an expert but... all this water below ground nonsence was never mentioned in previous droughts !! it was blamed on there being no rain falling into our reservours wasnt it ? now they cant use that as an exuse they seem to have invented this below ground tosh!! to cover up the fact that the water componies have been more interested in profit than investing in new reservours or fixing leaks
Ben is completely correct and as others have mentioned far too over crowded by far?!! Our systems are nearly completely drained!
Ok everyone its just plagues of Locusts to go then we are home free and summer will arrive...
no ben, they do have a decent excuse. if you just relied on rain falling directly into resevoirs, we wouldn't last any time. reseviors are filled by rivers, other water courses and extracted water from aquifers. areas, such as the south-east, depend heavily upon underground "aquifer" water. where i would disagree with the water authorities is the degree to which water reserves are being replenished by the recent rains. they are simply scaremongering in order to prolong the hosepipe bans and get reserves up to max levels asap.
Lovely day here, sun shining.
well ok but has the building of new reservours been in proportion to the increase in demand? I would bet my mortgage that it hasn't !! hense the excuses
hi ben, i would agree with you on that point. yes, if water shortages are to become more common, store more of the stuff. no brainer to you and i.
they wont build resoviors the shareholders wont get any bonuses !!!!!!!!!
it's the immigrants you see,they're drinking far too much water.
i urge all people in the UK to use there hose pipes sod the goverment also the water board
How come the dreaded Tyrant Gadaffi managed to pump water across hundreds if not thousands of miles of desert when we are but an island unable to pump water from one county to another?
costs money shareholders wont get loads of money.
With the amount of rain we have had lately I don't understand why people see a need to use hosepipes! Those who do break the ban are just demonstrating how selfish they are not thinking about the long-term effects on the rest. They should bring in severe penalties, including prison, as a deterent. Maybe these people would then think twice next time.
Truth of the matter is..Thames Water have been selling off their reservoirs to housing developers (what a surprise). That with lack of investment and failing to fix leaks gives us the present problem. They are full of BS
Thats right richard put everybody in prison, won't need the hosepipes then will you? except manybe to make nice coshes to beat those who dare to think about water!!!!! Now if the Water Companies were to turn around and say "we can't supply you with any water so we won't charge you this month" people might think 'that's fair so we won't use hosepipes but whilst we are paying for it we will use them!' Hey did anybody just see tha pig that flew over my house?
At the same time as this article is published another article worries about the rising groundwater in London. They are having to pump water like mad to keep the levels down because the rising water could start to undermine the foundations of buildings. Make sense of that.
i have seen snow ,and had very chily weather in may and i live on the south coast NOTHING NEW !!
Only in UK could your house be underwater yet you cant use your hosepipe because of drought!
I often wonder why they dont build small resevoirs close to rivers prone to bursting their banks then if they were swollen they could open a sluice gate and preserve the water instead of it cascading through peoples homes!
theres no water left because its been pumped out the ground for years to supply an over populated island we will run out of water before we run out of oil
how can any one believe these so called experts they did not predict a warm winter ,a hot march or a wet april , well not until after the various months had ended ,what loosers .
Standpipes in the streets eh? Wonder how many of our 'glorious' politicians will need them and will one be set up outside parliament?
The snow that fell this winter should have helped replenish the water table. However the biggest waste of water in this country is caused by leaks. These leaks are not being repaired no matter how often they are reported. Until the water boards get their act together and fix the leaks, stop selling off reservoirs and find ways of using water from floods we will continue to have no water. WATER COMPANIES "GET THOSE LEAKS FIXED NOW"