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Summary for May 2014
May has been an above average month in terms of precipitation; England received 160% of the May long term average (LTA).
Rainfall totals for the time of year were classed as normal or above normal across the northwest, southeast and southwest of England, and notably high or exceptionally high across central, east and northeast England. Consequently, soil moisture deficits (SMDs) decreased across the majority of the country.
Monthly mean river flows for May were normal or above normal for the time of year at the majority of sites reported on across England.
Groundwater levels decreased at most of our indicator sites during May, but remain at normal or higher levels for the time of year at all but two of the sites reported on. Overall reservoir stocks increased during May with storage in England as a whole at 95% of total capacity at the end of the month.