May 2020 Water Situation Report

For the South East England

May was the third consecutive month of below average monthly rainfall. Only 5mm of rainfall was recorded across the South-east of England during May which equates to 9% of the long term average. There was an average of 28 dry days during the month and most of the areal units had the driest or second driest May on record. The dry weather resulted in the soil moisture deficits almost doubling during the month to well above the long term average and there was virtually no recharge anywhere in the South-east of England. River flows and groundwater levels fell throughout the month, but most of the key indicator sites ended the month at normal levels or higher, with a few exceptions.

last updated june 2020