Parts of the UK have had an exceptionally dry period spanning from mid march with even the Sahara desert seeing more rain.
The driest place in Britain – Boulmer, Northumberland – saw just 15mm of rainfall since mid-March according to the latest Met Office data.
In May so far, much of the South-East has had less than two millimetres of rain meaning parts of the UK have been drier than the Sahara Desert.
Laghouat, a camel oasis in the Algerian Sahara, on average sees 36mm of rain between the middle of March and late May.
With no signs of rain in the near future the month looks set to be driest May since 1896 with water utilities in the South East saying reservoir levels are just weeks away from those which saw hosepipe bans introduced back in 2018.
Bookmakers have slashed the odds on a hosepipe ban coming into force, Bookmaker Coral is now odds-on at 1/2 for there to be a hosepipe ban in the UK this year.
With the firm also offering 4/9 this summer is the hottest since records began in the UK, while next month is 5/4 (from 6/4) to be the hottest June ever.