More bushfires feared across the UK as temperatures are expected to reach 35C | Weather in Great Britain

Bushfires could continue to break out across the UK this weekend, as the Environment Agency (AE) warns that drought in England could persist into next year.

The Met Office has issued a yellow heat warning across parts of England and Wales, as regions brace for temperatures as high as 35C.

The warning comes as a drought was officially declared in eight regions: Devon and Cornwall, Solent and South Downs, Kent and South London, Hertfordshire and North London, East Anglia, Thames, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire and the East Midlands.

John Curtin, managing director of local operations at the EA, said that after the driest summer in 50 years, it would take “weeks of rain” to replenish water sources.

Three water companies, Welsh Water, Southern Water and South East Water, have all introduced hose bans, while Yorkshire Water has announced a ban will start on August 26 and Thames Water is planning one in the coming weeks.

The dry weather is forecast to continue across the south this weekend, bringing with it the risk of more bushfires.

“For the rest of the weekend, across the south, there will be a continuation of the very dry and warm conditions,” Meteorologist Dan Stroud said.

“We’re looking at temperatures of up to 34C or 35C in the south, and feels a bit cooler in the north, but temperatures up there are still well above where they should be for the time of year.”

He warned: “It has been extremely dry for an extended period and the ground and vegetation has been baked dry. So there is a significant risk [of wildfires].”

A blaze in Derbyshire has been tackled by four fire engines, while emergency services were called to tackle fires in Dorset and east London.

Yellow thunderstorm warnings will be in place on Sunday as the Met Office predicts heavy rain across most of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The stormy weather is expected to move down to England and Wales on Monday.

“The current warm weather will give way to a thunderstorm from the west, which will spread south and east early next week. Ahead of that, isolated but intense thunderstorms are possible Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Meteorologist Jason Kelly said.

“The warnings highlight the chance that some places could see around 50mm of rain in a three-hour period in the north, while some areas further south could see around 30mm of rain in a three-hour period. Hail and frequent lightning are also possible as part of these downpours and represents an additional hazard.”

England had its driest July since 1935 this year, and the month also went down in UK climate history, surpassing temperatures of 40C on July 19.

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