Rain-soaked autumn continues across South East, latest water reports show

The wet autumn has continued across much of the South East, according to the latest Environment Agency figures.

November had 149% of the long term average rainfall for the region, with the Thames area the wettest on 158%.

The soil moisture deficits have declined to zero and there was higher than average recharge. Groundwater levels rose during the month, although the Chilterns and Lee Chalk remained below normal or lower.

Rivers responded to the rainfall, particularly those draining impermeable catchments. There were 72 fluvial flood alerts and 9 flood warnings.

The Solent and South Downs had 152% of the long term average (LTA) rainfall. End of month reservoir stocks were above average at Ardingly Reservoir and Arlington Reservoir.

Wessex received 132% LTA (111mm), with a series of low pressure systems which brought widespread rain to the area.

Autumn 2019 was a relatively wet three-month period for Wessex, with 'exceptionally high' cumulative rainfall across much of the area making it the 10th wettest autumn on record.

Kent experienced 148% of the long term average rainfall, with notably high totals across east Kent and the Eastern Rother. Soil moisture deficits ended the month zero in all but two rainfall areas, with strong groundwater recharge continuing. Monthly mean river flows ranged from normal to exceptionally high, and groundwater levels continued to recover, ending the month in the normal range, but above normal in east Kent.