The UK should be prepared for a second summer of water shortages and some hosepipe bans, with a dry spring due to follow a dry winter, national advisers have warned. With recent dry weather due to persist until at least May, two different UK government advisory bodies have warned water shortages may be coming up again. Carrot and lettuce harvests are at risk as well, say farmers.
"Following this dry winter, if this summer is again dry (which is expected more often due to climate change) then risks of water shortages could be even more acute," Richard Millar, head of adaptation at the Climate Change Committee, said. In spite of the recent snowy and wet weather, the country is still recovering from last year's record-breaking dry weather.