Cut down on water use warning as county prepares for mini-heatwave
PUBLISHED: 17:44 06 August 2020 | UPDATED: 17:44 06 August 2020
Suffolk is set to bask in scorching temperatures over the weekend - with people being urged to cut down on their water use.
Forecasters are predicting temperatures to reach as high as 34C on Friday with the Met Office issuing a level three heatwave warning, indicating increasingly hot conditions can be expected.
Temperatures are expected to hover around the high 20s to low 30s every day over the weekend before a cooler start to next week.
John Law, meteorologist at East Anglian-based forecasters Weatherquest, said: “It looks like Friday will be the hottest day this weekend.
“Overnight, temperatures will still be very warm. It could be around the high teens.
“Next week is still looking very warm, but much more settled with the possibility of showers and thunder.”
As more people opt to holiday in the UK due to coronavirus-imposed travel restrictions, Anglian Water is urging people staying at home to use less water where they can.
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The firm said they saw an “unprecedented” increase in water usage in May, which was the hottest month of the year so far with only 9% of its average rainfall.
As a result, Anglian Water was forced to pump an extra 200million litres of water to homes throughout East Anglia on the hottest days - with similar levels expected over the coming days.
Paul Valleley, director of water services at Anglian Water, said: “As we begin to move out of lockdown, many of us are choosing to spend our summer holidays in the UK, whether we are remaining at home or visiting one of the many beautiful destinations on our doorstep across the East of England.
“While this is great for the local economy, it also means more people will be staying in the region during the predicted hot weather who would typically be abroad at this time of year.
“This will put even more pressure on our water network than a normal summer’s day.
“When the weather warms up, we want everyone to have fun in the sun, but the risk if we see very high demand again is that there is only so much water we can treat and put into the network at any one time.
“If everyone draws on that supply at the same time we could see water pressures dip, meaning it can’t flow from the taps so freely.”
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