England could see drought in August if dry weather persists, Environment Agency warns

Swathes of England may face drought as soon as August if the hot and dry weather persists, the Environment Agency has confirmed.

A dry spring and early summer have already withered rivers and reservoirs and watered down water quality in many parts of England, pushing most of the country into "prolonged dry weather" status, the first of four drought categories.

Whether areas will tip into the second "drought" stage hinges on when the rain returns, and whether it adds up to more or less than usual. Chances could be washed away within weeks if it rains, or the risk could remain for months.

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