ugust is on monitor to be one other dry month, with the UK seeing lower than half the typical rainfall to this point, the Met Workplace has mentioned.
Though current rainfall, and extra forecast this week, makes it unlikely this summer time – June, July and August – will see file dryness, forecasters warn there must be a interval of above common rainfall to ease the drought.
Regardless of torrential downpours in some locations final week which precipitated flash flooding, the UK as an entire has had solely 44% of the typical whole rainfall for August to this point this month, the Met Workplace mentioned.
England has seen even drier circumstances, with solely 33% of the full anticipated rainfall for the month to this point, and in southern England there was simply 28% of the month’s common.
Bedfordshire has had solely 13% of its common August rainfall to this point, recording simply 7.7mm (0.3 inches) this month.
The continuing dry climate has seen drought declared throughout swathes of England, with parched grass and struggling crops, streams drying up and river, reservoir and aquifer ranges low, and hosepipe bans introduced in for thousands and thousands as heatwaves pushed up demand for water.
There may be now some rain within the forecast, with elements of England set to see heavy rainfall and a few areas of the south east seeing 5-15mm over three hours.
However the financial institution vacation is predicted to be high-quality for southern areas, with occasional showers, and presumably wetter within the north west.
Temperatures may climb to 30C or into the mid-20s relying on how the excessive stress builds, the Met Workplace mentioned.
We have had under common rainfall for such a very long time, it is going to take a interval of above common rain to make it up
Spokesman Grahame Madge mentioned: “We’ve undoubtedly switched from the recent and dry regime to one thing that has rain within the forecast.
“There’s some heavy rain for the following 24 to 36 hours, offering some reduction to gardeners greater than serving to to prime up long run sources.”
Whereas the forecast rain for this week will imply this month will “catch up a bit” with rainfall totals, he mentioned: “It’s actually going to be a dry August for the entire of the UK.”
And he mentioned some areas had gone with none vital rainfall from the center of June till final week.
“We’ve had under common rainfall for such a very long time, it’s going to take a interval of above common rain to make it up,” he warned.
Whether or not that interval of above common rainfall is looming stays to be seen, with the Met Workplace set to convey out its seasonal forecast for the doubtless circumstances over the following few months subsequent week.
It’s potential for the climate to show round: the severely dry summer time of 1976 was adopted by rain that meant that rainfall ranges had caught up with the typical by the tip of autumn.
However scientists warn that local weather change is making climate extremes extra doubtless, growing heatwaves, droughts and heavy rain occasions that may result in flash floods.