The Environment Agency is warning residents in the North West of England that the area is at risk of drought unless there is substantial rainfall in the next two months.
Reservoirs in the region are expected to fall further than their already low levels during July and August.
“Environmental damage” is also a risk in the South West, Wales and central England said the agency.
In spite of the large amount of snow over the winter, much of the country has recorded below average rainfall for each month so far.
From January to April the North West and Wales had their driest first four months since 1964 and 1976 respectively, the agency said.
The Environment Agency’s national drought coordinator Stuart Sampson, said that water levels in one Lake District reservoir which should be 80 per cent full at this time of year had fallen below 69 per cent.
“Other nearby reservoirs are similarly low. All of these reservoir levels are declining at a rate that is similar to the 1995/96 drought. However, any substantial rainfall could reverse this position.” – Mr. Sampson added.
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