Drought warning: How hot weather has FOOLED Britain – experts explain 'false autumn'

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Leigh Hunt, a senior horticultural advisor at the Royal Horticultural Society, told the BBC that trees with yellowing leaves would recover with rainfall.

Others that reach a “critical point” where they can’t use rainwater to rehydrate will dry up and die in a process known as desiccation.

Desiccation is a natural part of autumn and spring that causes plants to lose their foliage.

As this has started too early for experts to deem the changes natural, they have termed the phenomenon “false autumn”.

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