17 Jun '11, 12pm

Latest #drought update - recent rain not enough to reverse effects of dry spring. More details:

It has been the wettest week across England and Wales since the start of February, particularly across south west England and south Wales. Central and eastern England has received under half of average rainfall for June so far. Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, parts of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire and western Norfolk remain in drought. Most water companies have indicated that restrictions to the public water supply are unlikely this year. After a brief improvement following the rain, river flows are now dropping again . There are a number of rivers with flows that are below average for the time of year, including the rivers Dove and Derwent in central England, Tone and Frome in South West England and the Coln in the Thames Valley. The rainfall over the past week has helped farmers . With increased river flows, it has meant some farmers are now able to abstract water agai...

Full article: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/130826.aspx

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