Drought warnings lifted after wettest April on record

Posted: 14/05/2012

The Environment Agency has removed the drought warnings in 19 counties after the rainfall that broke records in April. The counties that had the drought status removed are in the South West, Midlands and Yorkshire, indicating that a hosepipe ban is unlikely in those areas.

The 19 counties that are no longer under the drought status are;

> South Yorkshire

> East Yorkshire

> Cornwall

> Devon

> Dorset

> Somerset

> Bristol

> Parts of Gloucestershire

> Parts of Hampshire

> Most of Wiltshire

> Nottinghamshire

> Leicestershire

> Derbyshire

> Staffordshire

> West Midlands

> Warwickshire

> Shropshire

> Worcestershire

> Herefordshire

Unfortunately, drought warnings is still in place in London including the south east and parts of East Anglia. The ground water levels across the country remain low even though reservoirs and rivers have been fully replenished. They are expected to return to normal levels just before winter.

Until April, there was an 18 month span of very low rainfall, the driest on record in some areas and a return to dry weather could see restrictions back in force. Defra and the Environment Agency are constantly monitoring the drought situation and state they can not lift the hose pipe restrictions in place as it would be ‘irresponsible’ in case there is a dry hot summer ahead of the UK.

Our previous blog about the drought causing hosepipe bans across the UK can be viewed HERE

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd
www.paliltd.com

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