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Drought Spreads in England

Posted by feww on March 28, 2012

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 28

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Persistent dry weather spreads drought to East Anglia, the South East and parts of  Yorkshire, England

Continued warm weather across the UK has led to numerous blazes in North Yorkshire, south Wales, Dumfries and Galloway (Scotland) and the Scottish Borders.

  • England, UK.  Drought has persisted in the English counties of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, parts of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, and west Norfolk since June 2011.  Following a dry winter, the counties of Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, the east of Gloucestershire and the remainder of East Anglia were officially declared as drought areas in February.  This month  parts of Yorkshire are also added to the official drought declaration.
    • Seven water companies (Anglian Water, South East Water, Southern Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Thames Water, Veolia Water Southeast and Veolia Water Central) have announced temporary restrictions to start by 5 April 2012, Environment Agency reported.
    • In the absence of above-average rainfall in coming weeks, the drought could spread and intensify even more widely, the Environment Agency has warned.

Latest available groundwater levels for indicator sites for the week ending 20 March, classed relative to an analysis of historic values for the same time of year (Source: Environment Agency). Geological map reproduced with kind permission from UK Groundwater Forum, BGS © NERC. Crown copyright. All rights reserved. Environment Agency, 100026380, 2012

Latest daily mean river flow expressed as a percentile2 and classed relative to an analysis of historic daily mean flows for the same time of year (Source: Environment Agency)

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