Floods During a Drought. Only in Britain…

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The British are infamous for the amount of time we spend talking about the weather, but if the last month hasn't given us a valid reason to then we don't know what would. It was only a matter of weeks ago that we were bringing you news that parts of Britain were officially in drought, but since then the country has been hit by severe storms and flooding. Whilst all the time remaining ‘in drought'.

The country was officially thrown in to drought on the 5th April, after the driest 18 months since records began. With March temperatures soaring over 20oc, hosepipes were banned as experts predicted the worst drought in the UK for 30 years. However, ever since the drought was announced, Britain has been hit with a pretty much constant downpour of rain.

The Wettest April on Record

As April ended yesterday, vast swathes of the country have been left battered by the weather. Overall, the UK experienced the wettest April since records began in 1910, with some areas receiving a month's worth of rain in a particularly bad 72 hours. There are still 36 flood warnings in place, as well as 150 less serious flood alerts, and the wet weather is expected to continue well into May.

Equally, the rain has been matched by winds of up to 70mph. Earlier in April, tornadoes tore through Warwickshire and Essex, damaging buildings, uprooting trees and even killing chickens.

However, despite all this, officially the drought conditions remain. People have been left in the odd position of trying to defend their houses from flooding whilst at the same time being told to try and save water.

Why Still in Drought?

Despite record rainfall, experts are saying it has had little long-term affect on water storage levels. A spokesman from the government department in charge- Defra, explained:

"Following two dry winters and record low levels of rainfall, water reserves are still under pressure in many parts of the UK. While we welcome the rain we have received recently, we cannot be complacent and still need everyone to save water where they can."

Whilst that is easy for a spokesman to say from his office, it will likely ring a little hollow for those fighting off torrents of water at this very moment.

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