The UK is not somewhere we usually think of when it comes to a 'heatwave' but even so, we are set to bake and bask in the sun for around another four weeks according to weather forecasters who are expecting 'very little rain and high temperatures throughout the month',
There is a heightened risk of grass and forest fires as the hot temperatures continue to soar. At Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are still tackling blazes dozens of fire crews and soldiers remain on the hills between Tameside and Oldham as the enormous moor fire continues.
Hosepipe bans are already in place in some areas such as Northern Ireland where householders have been banned from using hosepipes to water flowers and lawns and face fines of up to £1,000 if caught. doing so. (The use of watering cans is still allowed )
These bans are likely to spread to other parts of the UK. It is vital we all try to conserve water., a sensible approach means taking measures such as not leaving the tap running while you are brushing your teeth, taking a quick shower instead of a bath and watering your garden with rain from a water butt can make a huge difference to water supply levels. Water is precious. We can not waste it.
(c) Marilyn Michaels 2018