Britain on verge of worst drought since 1976 and strict hosepipe bans likely as weather hots up again

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BRITAIN is on the verge of its worst drought since 1976 after parts of the country received just three per cent of their expected rainfall.

An emergency summit will be held today by the National Drought Group in a bid to address the looming crisis, which has seen some areas get just 1.6mm of rain in July.

It could be declared within days and is likely to be followed by strict hosepipe bans across the country — amid warnings the UK could see more record 40C temperatures within weeks.

Under strict new rules, people are likely to be banned from using hosepipes for activities such as watering gardens, washing cars and filling paddling pools.

Those who flout the ban will face fines of up to £1,000.

The drought warning comes as:

Yesterday, one government source warned: “In terms of climate and rainfall, you can definitely compare this to 1976.

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