No plans for water restrictions as mixed bank holiday weather is forecast

Water UK says there are no plans for hosepipe bans after the driest six months since 1995/96.

But bank holiday forecasts predict some rain after earlier dry weather. According to the Met Office, there’s going to be a north-west/south-east split from Friday onwards.

While the north and west of the country should expect rainfall, London and the south-east may see some sunshine.

The Met Office website says: "Bank Holiday weekend will start largely dry and bright. However, becoming windier through Sunday and Monday with rain spreading up from the southwest, although drier across Scotland. Becoming warmer."

The weather in the north and west is expected to be "unsettled" throughout the weekend.

There will be highs of 13C on Sunday and 14C on Saturday and Monday.

Water UK said: "The recent months have been relatively dry, and therefore some water resources levels are lower than normal for this time of year. The Environment Agency and water companies will continue to work together to minimise any potential impacts to people and the environment should the dry weather continue. We always advise that everyone use water wisely, but there are not currently any plans for water restrictions to be placed this summer."

The group, which represents UK water companies advises that everyone use water wisely as this will help preserve supplies, and minimise the possibility of restrictions.

Thames Water said: "Across much of the country the winter was drier than usual and it hasn’t rained much so far this spring. This has meant low groundwater levels in some places, which is a concern for communities that rely on underground water supplies. Most of our customers’ supply comes from rivers so we’re closely monitoring their flows and will have a clearer idea of our position in the early summer. As always, we encourage customers to use water wisely, whatever the weather."

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