Sport Tiger Woods looks on from the first hole during the second round at Torrey Pines

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The much needed rain looks set to continue over the weekend, and comes amid a drought and hosepipe ban in most of the South and East of England.

Drought hits half of UK and water shortages may last to Christmas

Half of Britain is now officially in drought, in the worst national water shortage since 1976 – a situation that may last until Christmas or beyond.

The half-full Bewl water reservoir in Kent on April 5, 2012. The reservoir at Bewl in Kent is holding just 50 percent of its capacity as opposed to the 90 percent it would normally hold at this time of year according to Southern Water.

Half of Britain now officially in drought

Water shortages set to continue until next year following a predicted third dry winter

April washout continues as drought-stricken Britain is warned over flooding

Wet weather looks set to continue beyond the weekend, with a warning of thundery showers and strong winds in some parts of the UK

Britain set for April showers and strong winds over the Easter holiday

Britain is braced for traditional April showers over the Easter holiday as rain and strong winds are predicted.

Drought reaches parts of Yorkshire

More areas of the country are in drought following another dry month which has hit rivers and groundwater supplies, the Environment Agency said today.

Drought places wildlife, from trees to tadpoles, under serious threat

Much of Britain's wildlife, from dragonflies to water voles, face a difficult summer because of the drought, the Environment Agency has warned.

Drought will cause a 'wildlife tragedy', says Environment Agency

Exceptional dry spell threatens species from trees to tadpoles

Framlingham Castle in Suffolk

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Experts fear they are fighting a losing battle as increasingly erratic conditions take their toll

Temperatures of up to 17C set to last all week

The unseasonably warm weather is set to continue this week with forecasters predicting temperatures of up to 17C.

'Dry winters' lead to hosepipe ban

Millions of households will have hosepipe bans by Easter, water firms announced today as the Environment Agency warned of "severe drought" in the coming months.

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