December 2015 produced record rainfall and widespread flooding with the highest river levels ever seen in England. So what are the prospects for a drought or hosepipe ban in 2016?
The Environment Agency has stated that rainfall has been above average for five consecutive months to the end of March. March 2016 itself was relatively wet, having rainfall at 127% of the long term March average.
River levels have dropped in most areas, but the majority remain classed as normal or high. Groundwater levels increased during March and month-end water levels were mostly normal or higher for the time of year.
Overall reservoir storage stands at 93% with variations between the regions of 91% and 99%.
What does this all mean?
The last four years haven’t had prolonged dry periods. Adding the latest results above we can confidently predict there will be no hosepipe bans in the UK during 2016.