Drought can be declared when temperatures hit 34.2C in Sussex

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TEMPERATURES hit 34.2C in Sussex amid drought warnings can be declared for some parts of England.

The village of Wiggonholt, near Horsham, had temperatures of 34.2C on Thursday afternoon, hotter than parts of the Caribbean.

Brits have been warned of the health effects of extreme heat and the risk of wildfires amid the heatwave.

The National Drought Group, made up of government and agency officials, water companies and other groups such as the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), will meet on Friday August 12 to discuss the ongoing drought.

It is expected that a drought could be declared for the hardest-hit areas of England in the south and east, after the driest July on record for some areas and the driest first half of the year since 1976.

The Environment Agency and water companies will implement more of their plans to address the effects of low water levels, which may include measures such as hose line bans.

A hose and sprinkler ban for South East Water customers in Sussex came into effect this morning.

Temperatures in southern areas of the UK are expected to rise to 35C by this afternoon, which will be hotter than the Bahamas, Jamaica and Barbados.

A four-day yellow extreme heat warning from the Met Office is in effect through Sunday, with warnings about health effects and travel disruptions.

Forecaster Craig Snell said: “It’s going to be an incredibly hot day and very sunny across the board, with temperatures slightly higher than Thursday.”

There is also a heat health alert from the UK Health Security Agency, with experts advising people to be mindful of the elderly or those with existing health conditions, as well as young children.

The prolonged drought, combined with last month’s record-breaking heatwave, has depleted rivers, reservoirs and aquifers and dried out soil, affecting agriculture, water supplies and wildlife and increasing the risk of wildfires.

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