Drought Fears after Low Winter Rain Levels14/12/2011
The drought that has affected parts of England since June will last into next summer if there is insufficient winter rain, the Environment Agency has said.
Written by: Daniel Boettcher
A lack of rainfall over the past few months means that groundwater levels are still falling in many areas.
The Environment Agency, which covers England Wales, says that even if there is average rainfall over the winter and spring, parts of central, eastern and south-eastern England are unlikely to see a full recovery from drought conditions in 2012.
Trevor Bishop, head of water resources at the Environment Agency, told BBC News: "There are people putting up Christmas decorations in homes and businesses down the road and we're standing here in December talking about drought and that's an unusual situation.
"The ground below our feet is still dry, and at this time of year we would expect it to be fully saturated and the rainfall helping to replenish supplies, ready for next year."
"This is a signal for everyone to get prepared, that if we don't get good rainfall this winter it will be a challenge next spring and summer," warned Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.
The Environment Agency will carry out a further assessment on the likelihood of a continuing drought early next year.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency said Scotland had had plenty of rain in recent months and were not expecting any problems.
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