A drought could be declared in “quite a few regions” of the country tomorrow, a source from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has told Sky News.
The news contradicts earlier suggestions that a drought would only be declared in the South West.
The drought declaration is not expected to cover the whole country, a source added.
It will mean residents affected can expect to see a series of restrictions on domestic and commercial use of water – including hosepipe bans.
Much of the country is currently experiencing extreme heat and little rainfall.