Rocky beach emerges from Lake Garda after drought

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Storm and heavy rain forecast amid calls to rural areas for more flood relief

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: “Temperatures will be lower, with highs around 27C as the high, but it will still be on the wet side on Tuesday. “Torrential rain across central and southern parts of England on Wednesday and temperatures will be around 26C at the most.” Mr Dewhurst warned that poor weather conditions … Read more

Rains raise hopes for respite from France wildfires

Issued on: 08/14/2022 – 14:47Modified: 08/14/2022 – 14:49 A forest fire that broke out again in the south of France prompted the flight of 1,000 more people, while overnight rain brought the flames under control in other parts of the country, authorities said on Sunday. France has been hit this summer by a historic drought, … Read more

California Governor Announces Aggressive $8 Billion Plan to Increase Water Supply

California Governor Gavin Newsom this week announced an aggressive new plan to address water shortages in the state. The $8 billion strategy, detailed in a 16-page document, aims to bolster California’s dwindling water supply. As the burdens of global warming and historical drought conditions show no signs of slowing down, Newsom is looking to expand … Read more

Somalia on the brink: Millions at risk as drought worsens

It is a terrible milestone in Somalia: one million people have been displaced by what the United Nations calls a ‘catastrophic’ drought. After a dry period of two years, the locals are leaving everything in an attempt to try farming elsewhere to find food. The UN now warns that a famine is looming. For more … Read more

Firefighters from across Europe battle forest fires in France

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UK declares drought in parts of England amid heat wave

LONDON: Britain officially declared a drought in parts of England on Friday (Aug 12) as households faced new restrictions on water use during an extended period of hot, dry weather that has already severely strained the infrastructure of the nation. Parts of southern, central and eastern England are now in a state of drought, meaning … Read more

‘Extreme vigilance’ as huge fire in south-west France slows

Issued on: 08/12/2022 – 11:06 A huge fire that has devastated parts of southwestern France has been largely contained, but firefighters face another “complicated” day, local authorities said on Friday. The 40-kilometre (25-mile) active fire front in the Gironde and Landes departments around Bordeaux “has not developed, but weather conditions are pushing us to extreme … Read more

Drought: What does it mean, how is it measured and what are the rules?

The National Drought Panel, which has been monitoring the situation since late July, is expected to make a decision today. If a drought is announced, water companies will have to manage low water levels and more hose bans could be advertised. In London, a Thames Water director has said the hosepipe ban is “ready to … Read more

English regions brace for drought as water restrictions tighten

LONDON: British households faced new water use restrictions on Friday (Aug 12), with parts of England likely to formally declare a drought when government, environmental officials and water companies meet to discuss the impact of the prolonged hot and dry weather. The National Drought Panel is meeting after what was the driest July in England … Read more