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The Thames is now five miles shorter as the source dries up due to drought

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The Thames is now five miles shorter as its source dries up due to drought.

Thames Head near Cirencester, Gloucestershire is believed to have dried up for the first time as drought conditions and extreme weather continue to affect parts of the UK.

On Thursday, the Met Office confirmed that temperatures are expected to rise in the coming week and little rain is expected.

dr Rob Collins, director of policy and science at Rivers Trust, said the river’s source has now shifted downstream from Cirencester to Somerford Keynes, Gloucestershire.

“Following prolonged dry weather, the source of the Thames in Gloucestershire has dried up, with a weak current now only noticeable more than 5 miles downstream,” said Dr. Collins The guard.

“Under our changing climate, we can expect the frequency and severity of such droughts and water scarcity to increase, with increased competition for a dwindling resource and devastating effects on aquatic life.”

This comes as Thames Water warns of a hose-down ban for customers in the coming weeks as the supplier says their demand has hit its highest level in 25 years due to extremely dry weather.

Other water suppliers such as South East Water have already introduced a hose and sprinkler ban from August 12 for customers in Kent and Sussex.

Southern Water also announced a ban for customers in the Isle of Wight and Hampshire last week.

Met Office chief forecaster Steve Willington warned of more extreme weather conditions in the coming week.

He said: “We could see parts of the UK hit with heat waves if above-average temperatures last for three days or more.

“As the high pressure builds up, there is very little meaningful rain in the forecast, particularly in areas of southern England that have seen very dry conditions over the last month,” he added.

“Elsewhere in the UK, such as northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, rain-carrying weather fronts will make limited headway against the high pressure and bring some rain to the north-west parts of the UK.”

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