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Parts of Yorkshire join the South East and Anglia in drought

Parts of Yorkshire have today moved into official drought status after another dry month has left river levels and underground water supplies depleted, the Environment Agency has said.

Areas from Chesterfield in the south of Yorkshire to Scarborough in the east fall into the drought zone, with areas around Sheffield, Doncaster, Hull and Driffield also affected. But while the Rivers Don, Rother, Hull and Derwent are low or very low for the time of year, public water supplies are unlikely to be affected, the Agency said.

Some areas of Yorkshire have seen the driest 12 months since 1910, and with river levels continuing to fall, the Environment Agency is appealing to farmers and businesses that take water from rivers to look for ways to use water wisely, and share the resources that are available.

Current state and outlook

  • East Anglia, south east England and parts of Yorkshire are in drought. Parts of the Midlands and the south west are also experiencing the impacts of dry weather.
  • The current position and outlook for summer in Wales is normal. However, an exceptionally dry spring and summer could mean the position in Wales may change.

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