The Met Office announced that last month was the wettest April since records began. The rainfall has restored many rivers and reservoirs, easing the pressure on the environment, and has been welcomed by farmers, gardeners and water companies. This has led the Environment Agency to remove the drought status for certain areas, including the South West of England.
Low groundwater levels remain a concern across many parts of England, with many still at a similar level to those in 1976 and unlikely to return to normal levels before the winter. A return to a long period of dry weather would increase the risk of drought status applying again.
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12 May 2012