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wooden branch lies in the dry mud at the bank of the half-full Bewl
Water reservoir in the English county of Kent on Thursday. Charlie
Powell, a meteorologist at the U.K.'s Met Office, told msnbc.com there
was no sign of an imminent downpour over England's drought-affected
London has an undeserved reputation as a rainy city, with “things to do” when the U.K. capital is wet a popular topic of conversation among tourists.
But this year could see that image shattered in dramatic fashion, with much of southeast England gripped by a serious drought currently affecting about 20 million people.
Restrictions on the use of water were imposed Thursday from the
southeast coast to the River Humber in the north and almost as far west
as Wales.By the time the Olympics comes to London in July, further controls could be introduced that will prevent aircraft, London’s famous double-decker buses