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Summary for December 2014
December’s rainfall was below average across England at 87% of the long term average, although regional totals ranged from 64% in the south west to 125% in the north west.
Soil moisture deficits continued to decrease across most of England during the month and were generally close to or smaller than average by the end of the month.
Monthly mean river flows increased at just over half of the indicator sites and were normal or higher for the time of year at the majority of sites.
Groundwater levels increased at two-thirds of the updated indicator sites and were normal or higher for the time of year at all sites.
Reservoir stocks increased at the majority of sites and stocks were normal or higher for the time of year at all but 2 sites.
Overall reservoir stocks for England were 90% of total capacity at the end of December.