Hottest April since 1910 but no hosepipe bans planned

April was the hottest on record since 1910 for England and Wales, according to the Met Office, with just 21 per cent of expected rainfall.

Water companies say healthy reservoir levels in NE make hosepipe bans unnecessary - image: HW
Water companies say healthy reservoir levels in NE make hosepipe bans unnecessary - image: HW

The average temperature for the month was 10.7 degrees Celsius (51.3 degrees Fahrenheit), eclipsing the 10.2 degrees average of 2007, the Met Office said.

Rainfall for the month was 36.77 millimeters (1.4 inches), the eleventh driest April since record-keeping began 111 years ago, or 52 percent of the average for that month, it said.

But water companies say a hosepipe ban is not on the cards.

United Utilities said reservoirs across the North West are 90 per cent full on average so there are no plans for hosepipe bans yet.

An Environment Agency representative said: "April has been very dry as was March. Water companies are not expecting to put any extra restrictions on public supplies.

"They are confident at the moment that there will be enough water to avoid restrictions through spring and summer but going forward we may have to speak to farmers about the use of water in some agricultural practices. If the very dry weather continues it may be we look at preventing farmers taking water from rivers to irrigate their crops.

"We are working very closely with the water companies and with the Met Office, and will monitor things in order to ensure supplies are not disrupted."


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