More than half of Britain is now in drought, the Environment Agency has warned, as the UK faces its most severe water shortage since 1976.
Half of Britain is now in drought as the country faces its most severe water shortage since 1976, the Environment Agency warns today.
More than 35 million people are now living in drought-affected areas, with water shortages today declared across the Midlands and South West.
Parts of the country are already drier than they were in the summer of 1976, when Britain experienced its worst drought for more than 100 years.
The drought of 1976 led to standpipes being installed in residential streets, water supplies to businesses being rationed and schools having to close early.
The Environment Agency says similar measures are unlikely to be enforced this summer, but warns the dry conditions will damage the environment and lead to widespread water restrictions.