It’s official...we’re in drought conditions

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NATIONAL press reports suggest that this area will be one of four officially declared drought-stricken this week as a lack of rain affects much of the country.

NFU East Midland regional senior policy advisor Simon Fisher said central areas of the country had had between 41 and 55 per cent of normal rainfall, adding that in Lincolnshire this figure was lower with between 20 and 40 per cent of normal levels in the last month.

He said: “We have had a lot less rainfall and soil moisture deficit is reaching critical levels.”

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “The Environment Agency analyses rainfall and river data for every region each week and we are still in the process of analysing the latest information.”

The agency is due to issue its next Drought Management Update tomorrow (Friday) but national newspapers have predicted Wales, the south west, the Midlands and East Anglia would have official drought status.