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Summary for August 2015
August rainfall totals were well above average across England for a second consecutive month at 140% of the long term average (LTA).
Soil moisture deficits decreased by up to 75mm across most of England during the month, particularly across parts of north Devon and the south coast between Dorset and East Sussex.
Monthly mean river flows increased compared to July at three quarters of indicator sites and remained normal or higher for the time of year at the majority of sites.
Groundwater levels continued to decrease during the month at all but one indicator site. End of month groundwater levels remain normal or higher at half of the indicator sites.
Reservoir stocks decreased at all but 5 reported reservoirs and reservoir groups during August, but remain normal or higher for the time of year at most sites. Overall stocks for England decreased to 80% of total capacity.