Drought has been declared amid drying rivers and shrinking reservoirs in a swath of England that is home to more than 35 million people, multiple online sources said on Monday.
Expanding drought, which may last until Christmas, has left the U.K. with its most severe water shortage since 1976, according to the kingdom's Environment Agency.
Water restrictions, known as hose pipe bans, that were imposed earlier in the year have remained in effect for about 20 million customers in the English East and South East, the BBC News website indicated.
The growing drought has followed up to two years of below-normal rainfall.
A winter in which parts of England got less than 60 percent of normal rainfall worsened the situation, the BBC said.
The latest drought declarations, imposed on a further 17 counties, expanded the official drought area into the Midlands and the South West. where the Environment Agency was worried about "huge" impact on rivers and farmers.
The ongoing drought has raised the specter of 1976, when what the U.K. Telegraph website called "the worst drought in 100 years" gripped Britain.
Already, there are parts of the country that are drier than they were in 1976, according to the Telegraph.
Fears of Britain's longest river, the Severn, "drying up in places" have been raised, the Daily Mail website said.
Already, at least four English rivers have dropped to their lowest-ever recorded levels, the BBC said. Drying up of the River Lathkill in Derbyshire has led to a fish rescue, the report said.
Tropical Storm Matthew has formed in the Caribbean could take a turn toward the United States as a hurricane next week.
It will feel like an extended winter for those living from the northern Plains to the eastern U.S., as cold and snowy conditions last longer than normal.
The final day of September will bring a rare lunar event that hasn’t occurred since March of 2014, a Black Moon.
Rain will spread over much of the northeastern U.S. into the weekend, but persistent downpours will raise the flood risk in part of the mid-Atlantic.
A new typhoon is brewing in the western Pacific Ocean and could pose a risk to Japan, Taiwan and eastern China next week.
Thundery showers set to start this weekend will depart before the season's first National Football League game in London kicks off on Sunday.
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