However parts of East Anglia and the South East remain in drought.

Hosepipe bans in the areas where the drought status has ended have been lifted.

Fortunately for those living in London, Thames Water has said it can now rule out applying for a Drought Order, which would have given it powers to impose stricter water restrictions, but that the hosepipe ban would have to stay in place for the time being.

If you’re not sure if the drought status has ended in your area check before you head outside to wash the car or hose down the kids.

Richard Aylard, Thames Water’s sustainability director told the Evening Standard: “It is a great relief for us that we can now rule out seeking a Drought Order this year.

“No water company wants to impose restrictions on its customers for any longer than absolutely necessary. 

“Despite all the recent rain, we still have a serious groundwater shortage, and we could yet have a long, hot summer, so, much as we’d love to, it would be irresponsible for us to lift the hosepipe ban just yet.”

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