This is apparently the wettest April on record. Yesterday it absolutely chucked it down and there are four days more of heavy rain to come. There are currently 40 flood warnings in place. The ground is waterlogged. The streams are full. In short, it is very, very wet.
However, officially, we are still in the middle of a drought due to low levels of water in the resevoirs and aquifiers. This is meant to be the result of a dry autumn and winter. But they weren't especially dry and there's certainly no shortage of rainfall. So to blame it on the weather is nonsense.
The real cause of the so-called drought is lack of capacity. Most of this rain pouring down at the moment will be wasted. It will go into the streams and the rivers and right back out to sea.
So it's not a question of lack of rain, it's a question of lack of ability to collect it. And the reason for that lack of collection capability is because there haven't been any new resevoirs built since the 70s. In the thirty or fourty years since then, the UK's population has increased by over ten million people. It's ruddy obvious that ten million more people will mean more water being needed.
But the response of the water companies over these years has been to do nothing more to meet increased demand than digging new boreholes and draining underground aquifiers - aquifiers which take many years to refill.
So the real cause of the drought is massive underinvestment in infrastructure by water companies who've been busy raking in money hand over fist over the past three decades while putting hardly any of it back into infrastructure.
And this, of course, is nothing more than what's to be expected when a bloody moron (e.g. Thatcher) gives away a key national resource to private investors. They're not concerned about making sure that the infrastructure is sufficient. They're not concerned about preventing hosepipe bans. All they're concerned about is making money. And it's the rest of the country who has to pay the price for that.