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Summary for April 2014
April has been an average month in terms of precipitation; England received 100% of the April long term average (LTA).
Rainfall totals for the time of year were higher than normal in the south of England and lower than normal in the east. Consequently soil moisture deficits (SMDs) decreased slightly in the south of England but increased elsewhere.
Monthly mean river flows for April were normal for the time of year across most of England with the exception of some parts of the south where flows were higher than normal.
Groundwater levels decreased at over three quarters of our indicator sites during April but remain normal or higher across most of England. Overall reservoir stocks decreased during April by nearly 2% with storage in England as a whole at 94% of total capacity at the end of the month.