The City of Dover is maintaining its water usage restrictions with a drought ongoing throughout much of New Hampshire, especially the southeastern part of the state.

With warm temperatures expected for the next several days, Dover City Manager Michael Joyal urged residents to use water conservatively and to adhere to the city's restriction guidelines.

Despite some drought conditions improving as of late, the warmer temperatures are expected to prolong drought conditions. Such temperatures also go hand in hand with an increase in outdoor water usage as folks head outside for chores, etc., according to the Water Conservation Program's Stacey Herbold.

Over the past seven days, the majority of the state received between half an inch and 1 1/2 inches of precipitation, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Rockingham, Hillsborough, and the majority of Cheshire counties received the most, ranging between 1 and 1 1/2 inches.

The warm weather is expected to succumb to a cold front headed to New Hampshire later next week, the NOAA predicts.

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