Four water companies – South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Veolia Water Central and Veolia Water Southeast – introduced hosepipe bans in April. However, heavy rainfall in recent weeks has prompted all four companies to drop the bans.

Twice the average amount of rainfall for June swept over Britain last month, while April was the wettest on record for more than a century.

This weekend saw more flooding as heavy rain continued to pound the country, with forecasters promising more to come.

In a joint statement, the four water companies said: “Significant – or indeed any – recharge of underground resources at this time of year is most unusual but it follows the abnormally heavy rainfall experienced since spring which has finally brought to an end the severe drought after two dry winters.”

Three water companies – Anglian Water, Southern Water and Thames Water – lifted their bans last month.

Today, flood warnings remain in place in parts of England and Scotland.

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