A run on water companies applying for drought permits in the south east may have been averted with recent increased rainfall.
In December the Environment Agency said that yearly rainfall levels across Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and West Norfolk, were at their lowest since 1921.
It granted Anglian Water a drought permit giving it permission to top up its reservoir from a local river until the end of March. More drought applications were expected to follow.
But the Environment Agency has now said that all regions received at least average rainfall in December. Industry body Water UK added that some water companies reported “well above average” rainfall.
However, it warned that some areas will need sustained rain for the next few weeks in order to avoid restrictions in the spring.