Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs …

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Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs – while global temperatures rocket

  • Mercury is set to sore to a blistering 91F (33C) in parts of Britain today following 46 days of very little rainfall
  • Hosepipe bans have already come into effect in Northern Ireland in drastic bid to preserve water supplies
  • A further three million homes in northwest England could be hit with a band as country sizzles in heatwave

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Britain’s water supplies are receding rapidly as the country sizzles in searing temperatures amid a global heatwave.

The mercury will soar to a blistering 91F (33C) in parts today following 46 days of largely unbroken sunshine and very little rain.

Hosepipe bans have already come into effect in Northern Ireland as water companies take drastic action to preserve water supplies.

And a further three million homes could be hit with a ban within days as the country swelters in the longest heatwave in 42 years.

The dried up bed of the United Utilities owned Wayoh Reservoir in the village of Edgworth, Bolton, Lancashire.

Three million homes could be hit with a hosepipe ban if demand does not fall in the north-west of England

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

Dustbowl: Wayoh Reservoir looks more like a desert now as Britain sizzles in a scorching heatwave that has seen very little rainfall in the past three weeks

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

United Utilities, which serves the North-West of England, says it will have no choice but to impose the ban if water demand does not fall soon

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

A ban would prohibit householders from watering their gardens with hosepipes and sprinklers, as well as cleaning cars and filling garden ponds and children’s paddling pools

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

A global map of temperatures from July 7 2018 showing the above average heat which is affecting the northern hemisphere

United Utilities, which serves the North-West of England, says it will have no choice but to impose the ban if water demand does not fall soon.

The region has not had rain for three weeks, leading to falling reservoir levels.

A ban would prohibit householders from watering their gardens with hosepipes and sprinklers, as well as cleaning cars and filling garden ponds and children’s paddling pools.

The highest temperature of the day yesterday was 86F (30C), recorded at Gosport, Hampshire, at 1.37pm. Today could be even hotter, with the mercury potentially reaching 91F (33C) in the South East.

The extreme weather conditions have been taking their toll on roads, with melting tarmac leading to a number of incidents around the country.

In one, the wheels of a bin lorry dropped suddenly as the road gave way beneath it during a round in Newbury, Berkshire.

The crew of the West Berkshire Council bin lorry were thrown forward without warning as the truck lurched to a halt on Thursday.

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

Natasha Jenkins makes the most of the sunny hot weather on Aberavon Beach in south Wales

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

Spectators shelter in the queue at the start of day six of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

Spectators relax in the queue at the start of day six of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

The sun rises over Keyhaven Harbour in The New Forest Seasonal Weather, Keyhaven Harbour this morning

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

A match gets underway at Calmore Cricket Club, Hampshire.

The highest temperature of the day yesterday was 86F (30C), recorded at Gosport, Hampshire, at 1.37pm. Today could be even hotter, with the mercury potentially reaching 91F (33C) in the South East

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: ‘There is about a 30 per cent chance that we could reach a record temperature of 91F (33C). That’s likely to happen somewhere between Hampshire and the South East’

Meanwhile, in Newcastle, a 24-year-old man’s leg got stuck in a sinkhole when tarmac melted beneath him while he was on his way to buy breakfast on Thursday.

He was trapped from the thigh downwards for 20 minutes before firemen using a hammer and chisel freed him.

Apart from a few light showers in the South East, the warm weather looks set to continue this weekend.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: ‘Saturday is set to be a bright, dry and sunny day with a chance of very light showers in the South East.

‘There is about a 30 per cent chance that we could reach a record temperature of 91F (33C). That’s likely to happen somewhere between Hampshire and the South East.

‘If we don’t reach 91F (33C) today, it’s more likely to happen tomorrow.’

Spectators planning to watch the Henley Royal Regatta had been hoping to take advantage of the dry weather to have barbecues.

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

Water levels at Dovestone Reservoir in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, are also falling rapidly. This was the scene there yesterday

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

Low water levels at Blackstone Edge Reservoir, Littleborough, Rochdale on Thursday. A hosepipe ban would prohibit householders from watering their gardens with hosepipes and sprinklers, as well as cleaning cars and filling garden ponds and children’s paddling pools.

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

The highest temperature of the day yesterday was 86F (30C), recorded at Gosport, Hampshire, at 1.37pm. Today could be even hotter, with the mercury potentially reaching 91F (33C) in the South East. Pictured: Edge Reservoir, Littleborough, Rochdale on Thursday

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: ‘Saturday is set to be a bright, dry and sunny day with a chance of very light showers in the South East. Pictured: The scene at Dovestone Reservoir in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester yesterday

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

Spectators planning to watch the Henley Royal Regatta had been hoping to take advantage of the dry weather to have barbecues. Pictured: The scene at Dovestone Reservoir in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester yesterday

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

Taking in the whole of the UK, the hottest was 91F (33C) in Porthmadog, Wales, on June 28. Pictured: The scene at Dovestone Reservoir in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester yesterday

Saturday sizzler: Reservoirs run dry after 46-day dry spell as UK is set for hottest day of 2018 with 91F heatwave highs ...

Two women enjoy a day by the water at Dovestone Reservoir in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, yesterday

But councillors who fear they could pose a fire risk have banned them from one of the most popular spots to view the rowing races, Marsh Meadows.

The ban could remain in place until September because of the dry condition of the grass.

Councillor Kellie Hinton said: ‘We have taken this action for health and safety reasons.

We have recently employed a local security man to monitor activities on the Meadows and he will be enforcing this ban.’

The highest temperature recorded in England so far this year was 90F (32C) on July 1 in Gosport.

Taking in the whole of the UK, the hottest was 91F (33C) in Porthmadog, Wales, on June 28.

Temperatures are expected to start cooling from next week as a new weather system takes over.

Mr Partridge said: ‘The new system will cool the North of the country and then travel to the South.

‘On Monday temperatures will still be in the high twenties for the South and mid twenties for the North.

‘But from Tuesday to Wednesday these will start to come down to the low to mid twenties.

‘These temperatures are still higher than average for this time of year, but they may feel a little cooler in comparison to what we’ve had recently.’

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