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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Wildfires spread across UK

Firefighters are fighting a series of wildfires in many parts of the country following the hottest April every recorded in the UK. BBC weather presenter Nick Miller explains the reasons behind the dry conditions that have led to the wild fires - click here

Fires are burning in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Berkshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire in England.

The fires have spread quickly due to the unusually dry conditions. The UK as a whole has only received 52% of the rainfall that usually falls in April, while England and Wales have only received 21%, according to the Met Office. As a result, large areas tinder-dry and prone to wildfires.

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BBC report (video) can be seen here

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