Wettest place in England is bone dry amid fears of a summer

first_imgA gorse fire at the popular seaside beach at Ganavan Sands, Oban forced the evacuation of the beach They were also advised to swap showers for baths, use sponges instead of hoses to clean cars and to plant plants such as geraniums, marigolds, alyssum and petunias, which resist droughts.Providers including Southern, Affinity and Thames Water said they were monitoring the situation.In Seathwaite, villagers have not been given any specific advice but say they are concerned about the unusual situation.Peter Edmondson, who runs Seathwaite Farm Camping, told The Telegraph the river had been “bone dry” for more than a month. “It is very unusual for this to happen in springtime,” he said. “Everything is usually under water. It has been wall-to-wall sunshine here. Over the years, I have seen times when it has rained for three weeks solid but in the last year or two it has just got drier.” He added that this was due to high pressure over Iceland and low pressure in the Atlantic. “This means that the air is moving from the north east towards the south west, which is an unusual way round. Normally, it is the other way round which brings a lot of rain and wind to the west coast,” he said.“In the west, it has been warmer than average, whereas London and Lincolnshire have had cool, cloudy and breezier weather.”An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Following a dry winter, some rivers, groundwaters and reservoirs are lower than normal for the time of year.“We always advise that everyone uses water wisely – especially during a period of dry weather –  and to follow the advice of their water company should water saving measures be required.“The Environment Agency, water companies, businesses and farmers are working together to minimise any potential impacts to people and the environment should the dry weather continue.”Forecasters said it was expected to stay dry and bright until Thursday, when it will become more unsettled. It comes amid fears that the country may be subjected to a summer drought, with rivers and reservoirs experiencing dwindling water levels following one of the driest winter in more than 20 years.The Daily Telegraph reported last week that some homeowners had been told to cut down on water consumption by waiting until their washing machines and dishwashers are fully loaded before running them. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Duncan Ellwood, the owner of the Grange Bridge Cottage Tea Shop, described the situation as “worrying” as he said the water levels were stopping boats from dropping tourists around the area, with even the shallow vessels struggling to get to their landing stages.A Met Office spokesman said the area had seen 36 per cent rainfall in April, which is almost two-thirds less rainfall than average.Temperatures on the west coast of England and Scotland, meanwhile, have been up to 3C higher than normal. center_img The wettest inhabited place in England is “bone dry” as the prospect of a summer drought loomed closer.Seathwaite, in Borrowdale, Cumbria, typically receives between two and three metres of rainfall per year. But the River Derwent has gone for so long without sufficient rain, its rocky bed is exposed.Meanwhile, gorse fires in Oban, on the west coast of Scotland, forced a beach to be evacuated over the weekend as temperatures soared to an unseasonal 18C.  The River Derwent at its usual levels Credit:Paul Kingston / NNP The River Derwent at its usual levels  A gorse fire at the popular seaside beach at Ganavan Sands, Oban forced the evacuation of the beachCredit:Stephen Lawsonlast_img