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Oxfordshire villages become Britain's first water shortages as heat wave boils country

UK Weather: Heat wave expected as high pressure moves in

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Some residents of the North End of Oxfordshire, on the border with Buckinghamshire, are We had to rely on the water that was delivered. The news came as the Met Office issued a yellow warning for extreme heat, with temperatures expected to soar to 37 degrees over the weekend.

Thames Water has had to send bottles and tankers to villages following high demand in recent weeks.

A Thames Water spokesperson said: We are working hard to resolve this on the ground as soon as possible, the situation is improving and customer supply is restored.

"We use tankers to boost supply to our customers in the North End and to maintain water pressure for these customers so that they are not only able to deliver water bottles, but also supply problems.

Thames Water had to deliver water.

Thames The river had to deliver water to the inhabitants of the North End. (Image: PA)

A dry reservoir.

Weather is reducing reservoirs and threatening water shortages. (Image: GETTY)

They added:

Thames Water said 68 customers were left without water for some time.


From 2014 to 2019, Andrew Sells England, who was head of the naturals division, accused water companies of selling reservoirs that could have helped ease the pressure caused by the drought.

Writing for The Daily Telegraph, he said: "

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A Thames Water tanker.

Thames Water used tankers to carry water. (Image: PA)

Smoke in Kent.

The heat has made the area dry and prone to fires. (Image: GETTY)

Thames Water, Severn Trent and Southern Water have all closed their reservoirs in recent years.

The news comes as officials warn his second heat wave in less than a month will hit the country this weekend.

Although temperatures are unlikely to surpass last month's record of 40 degrees Celsius, experts warn the heatwave could be even deadlier.

Professor Hannah Croke, professor of hydrology at the University of Reading, warned that this summer has proven to be "deadly hot".

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A Met Office map.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a yellow warning through midnight Sunday. (Image: Met Office)

She said: Another reminder that this summer in the UK has been deadly hot.

"Compared to July's record-breaking heat, this event was less intense, but more Health of the people.

"This heat wave may not set new temperature records, but it may actually cause more deaths."

Maximum temperatures in London today are forecast to reach 30 degrees. Over the weekend, temperatures could reach as high as 37 degrees in some parts of the country.