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Prepare for second heatwave next week, Londoners told

Prepare for second heatwave next week, Londoners told

Londoners have been told to prepare for a second heatwave in a month with temperatures tipped to reach 33C next week, as a hosepipe ban was coming into force in southern England.

The capital is expected to bask in a week-long heatwave starting on Sunday with the mercury rising into the 30s in the second part of the week, according to the Met Office.

London Weather: Summer Heatwave 2022

Two women dip their heads into the fountain to cool off in Trafalgar Square (Getty Images)
Two women dip their heads into the fountain to cool off in Trafalgar Square (Getty Images)
A police officer givers water to a British soldier wearing a traditional bearskin hat, on guard duty outside Buckingham Palace (AP)
A police officer givers water to a British soldier wearing a traditional bearskin hat, on guard duty outside Buckingham Palace (AP)
People take pictures of the sunset from Greenwich Park view point (REUTERS)
People take pictures of the sunset from Greenwich Park view point (REUTERS)
2: Empty shelves in the water aisle of Sainsbury Nine Elms in London (PA)
2: Empty shelves in the water aisle of Sainsbury Nine Elms in London (PA)
A man cools off in a fountain during the hot weather in London (REUTERS)
A man cools off in a fountain during the hot weather in London (REUTERS)
People sit and lie in the sun and shade backdropped by Tower Bridge (AP)
People sit and lie in the sun and shade backdropped by Tower Bridge (AP)
Children cool off in the Southbank Centre fountain (Reuters)
Children cool off in the Southbank Centre fountain (Reuters)
A man uses a newspaper as a fan whilst travelling on the Bakerloo line (PA)
A man uses a newspaper as a fan whilst travelling on the Bakerloo line (PA)
Two people under an umbrella in London’s Regents Park (PA)
Two people under an umbrella in London’s Regents Park (PA)
Sunrise  over London (Jeremy Selwyn)
Sunrise over London (Jeremy Selwyn)
Swimmers soak up the sun at Charlton Lido in south east London (PA)
Swimmers soak up the sun at Charlton Lido in south east London (PA)

Its chief forecaster Steve Willington said “heatwave conditions” would not see the extremes of July’s record-breaking hot spell of 40C in west London but there is no end in sight for the prolonged dry weather. Under the Met Office definition of a heatwave, temperatures in London need to reach a threshold of 28C for three days in a row.

There has been very little in the way of rain so far in August, an indication that London could be in for a second month of parched grasslands, fire risks and below-average water levels.

Greater London had an average of 3.6mm of rain in July, which is eight per cent of the month’s average, provisional Met Office figures show.

Mr Willington said: “There is very little meaningful rain in the forecast, especially in those areas in the south of England which experienced very dry conditions last month.”

The dry spell has seen water companies introduce hose pipe bans.

Scorched grass in Greenwich Park, south-east London (PA Wire)
Scorched grass in Greenwich Park, south-east London (PA Wire)

A ban covering millions of people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight was coming into force at 5pm on Friday. The move by Southern Water means using hosepipes to water gardens, clean cars and fill ponds and pools is not allowed.

The ban is expected to last three weeks and anyone breaking it could face a fine of up to £1,000.

A ban is also being imposed on more than two million South East Water customers in Kent and Sussex.

Meanwhile Thames Water has warned “water saving measures including restrictions” may be introduced if the dry spell continues.

Thames Water’s desalination plant, which was built to deliver up to 100 million litres of water a day in dry weather, is currently out of service.

Restrictions are also being introduced in parts of Wales from August 19.

The pressure on the water supply has seen the source of the River Thames dry up for the first time.

Experts say the dry weather means its source has shifted from its official starting point near Cirencester and is now about five miles downstream.

Nature campaigners have criticised water companies for leaving it to “the last possible moment” to bring in restrictions.

Mark Lloyd, chief executive of The Rivers Trust, said: “Announcing it at the last minute causes an increase in demand before the ban comes in.

“This should happen before the rivers come to a desperate condition and there’s not enough water for wildlife.”

The Rivers Trust is calling for accelerated metering, reduction in leakage, support for households to reduce water usage, and sustainable drainage to build up local stores of water underground.