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Nic Ladds 21st Feb 2012 - 12:56

March Misery: Hosepipe ban set to start in March?

The latest odds from William Hill suggest that the hosepipe ban could be introduced by Thames Water as early as March - a 7/4 shot, whilst a ban starting in April is offered at 5/2.

Hills offer 25/1 that standpipes are on the streets of London at any time during 2012 and it is 100/1 that any Olympic event is affected by the drought.

Hills are also 25/1 that the forecasters are wrong and that 2012 is the wettest summer on record.

"There can be little doubt that the south of the country is facing a serious drought and we fully expect a domestic hosepipe ban in weeks," said Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams.

What Month Will Thames Water Bring In A General Domestic Hosepipe Ban: 7/4 March, 5/2 April, 6/1 May, 8/1 February, 10/1 June, 14/1 July, 16/1 August, 6/4 No Hosepipe Ban In 2012

Any Olympic event to be affected by water restrictions: 100/1

The Derby to be cancelled due to firm ground: 100/1

UK to have the wettest summer on record:

25/1 The UK to have the wettest summer since records began - (1956 is the present record holder - 358 mm UK average).

50/1 The UK to have the wettest 24 hr period - ( Record - 279mm, Martinstown-Dorset- 18th July 1955).

50/1 The UK to have its wettest hour period - (Record - 92 mm Maidenhead Berkshire 12th July 1901).

8/1 Rain to stop play on Centre Court every day of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.

*Met Office define the summer as the months of June, July and August.





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