As UK heatwave returns, fire chiefs are pleading with Britons to ditch barbecues and government demands a complete garden hose ban

FIRE chefs want backyard barbecues eliminated amid fears of another super-scorching 40C (104F) this week.

They warn of ‘unprecedented’ heat as a UK garden hose ban looms.

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Fire chiefs want barbecues eliminated amid fears of another 40C scorcher this week – pictured from the scene of a garden fire in EssexCredit: NC
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But critics said preventing families from enjoying barbies at home would be “a step too far”.

The heatwave will intensify again this week, with temperatures expected to soar above 35°C (95°F) by Friday – and could hit 40°C (104°F) again.

Forecasters also say there is no significant rainfall in the way, leaving the UK vulnerable to deadly wildfires like those that have swept through Australia and California in recent years.

Environment Secretary George Eustice has urged water companies to ban garden hoses across the country, with the possibility of a drought being declared as early as this week.

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His call comes after companies were accused of failing to stop leaks and not doing enough to prepare for the drought.

After flames tore through 15 homes and gardens in Chelmsford, Essex on Saturday evening, fire station superintendent Dan Wastell said: ‘We are facing unprecedented temperatures coupled with drought conditions . Everything is dry.

“It’s a considerable fire risk. Fire and rescue services in the UK strongly recommend that, where possible, people refrain from making bonfires in their gardens.

“This is mainly based on bonfires and fireplaces, but we are also advising for this period, as far as possible, that people refrain from barbecues.

“I understand it’s the time of year when people like to use their gardens and want to make the most of the sun, but they need to do it sensibly and reduce the risk of fire.

“I urge people to consider whether they need to use their barbecue – for example, they could cook inside and eat outside.”

Kent Fire and Rescue Service regional manager Neil Fenwick said: ‘We strongly discourage people from having any type of fire at this time.

However, Tory MP Steve Baker disagreed, saying: ‘There is of course a risk associated with open fires, but sensible adults have been barbecuing safely in their gardens for a long time. Seeking to ban barbecues is a step too far.

He added: “As long as people take the proper precautions, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t enjoy a barbecue in the sun.”

Ben Williams, owner of The BBQ Society restaurant in Gloucester, said the ban was a slap in the face for backyard barbie lovers.

He added: “Everyone should have the right to enjoy a barbecue in their backyard, as long as it is done safely.”

Britons will enjoy 29C sunshine today, with temperatures gradually rising over the week.

So far, the country has received just 13% of its forecast rainfall for August, most of it in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.

England had only 7% of its average, and the dry south of England only 2%.

“MIGHT SEE STILL 40C”

Met Office forecaster Jonathan Vautrey said: “We are going to have another very hot and dry week. There will be absolutely no rain in England and Wales.

“Temperatures will rise through the week, with Friday and Saturday likely to be the hottest days. There is a small chance that we may see 40C again. We expect this year to be one of the driest, if not the driest, on record.

He added that it would start to cool early next week.

Last month the UK had its hottest day on record – with 40.3C (104.5F) in Coningsby, Lincs.

The Environment Agency has warned that persistent dry conditions are likely to push the country into an official drought.

Most of England is currently in a state of ‘prolonged dry weather’ amid warnings from some scientists that global temperatures are continuing to rise.

The Environment Agency’s National Drought Group is due to meet this week and decide whether to declare a

Watering bans have already been imposed in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and the Isle of Man.

Others will come into force in Sussex and Kent, and next Friday in Pembrokeshire.

Yesterday Environment Secretary Mr Eustice said he agreed with the restrictions and added: ‘I urge other water companies to take responsible action to protect and preserve our supplies in water during this exceptionally dry period”.

He said: “There are many steps you can take to save water at home and in the garden. Installing a water-saving device in your toilet tank or checking your appliances for leaks can save you a lot of money. »

Last week, M&S was praised by London firefighters for removing ‘unsafe’ disposable barbecues from its stores.

Meanwhile, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs wants to see everyone’s daily water consumption reduced from 145 to 110 liters per day.

The savings is equivalent to six flushes or three dishwasher cycles.

The charred remains of scorched trees after a fire in Chelmsford, Essex

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The charred remains of scorched trees after a fire in Chelmsford, EssexCredit: Paul Edwards
Dan Wastell said: “We are dealing with unprecedented temperatures coupled with drought conditions.  Everything is dry like tinder'

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Dan Wastell said: “We are dealing with unprecedented temperatures coupled with drought conditions. Everything is dry like tinder’Credit: Paul Edwards
He added:

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He added: ‘Fire and Rescue Services in the UK strongly recommend that, where possible, people refrain from making bonfires in their gardens’Credit: Getty