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MAY FIGURES CONFIRM CONTINUING DRY SPELL

 
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Behemoth



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 9:11 am    Post subject: MAY FIGURES CONFIRM CONTINUING DRY SPELL Reply with quote    

Monday 6 June 2005 09:36
Met Office (National)

MAY FIGURES CONFIRM CONTINUING DRY SPELL


New data released by the Met Office today highlights a marked variation in rainfall across the UK and shows how southern areas have had a significant lack of rainfall through six of the last seven months. The data also illustrates the challenges the country faces in getting water from where it mostly falls to where the majority of people live.

Rainfall figures for the seven-month period November to May, show that most of the UK has had a dry spell now extending through two complete seasons; only during April have we seen above-average rainfall. Some parts of central and southern England have only had around 60% of their usual rain for the period.

The driest counties through the seven-month period have been Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, receiving 58% of their usual rainfall. The wettest areas, the Western Isles and Highland region of Scotland, have had 128% of their average rainfall.

Looking at individual areas shows that the period Nov 2004 - May 2005 for SE and Central Southern England was the fourth driest in the series, whereas for Northern Scotland it was the fifth wettest (the series goes back to 1914).

ENDS

Notes to editors:

- Link to the UK's climate statistics:
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/index.html
- Link to Environment Agency water Resource Summary:
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/regions/southern/580226/?lang=_e
- Link to South West Water Reservoir level website:
http://www.swwater.co.uk/media/images/Copy%20of%20WSR%20Reservoir%20Pages%20Generator_30738_image002.gif
http://www.swwater.co.uk/media/images/ACF1A0.gif

thos



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If the UK was dry, all the rain has come here. We had one hot weekend and the rest of the time it's been cold and wet.

johnc



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Location: Hay on Wye
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The ground is very dry. We have had a lot of dull days but not a lot of rain and when we did get rain it was torrential and just ran off the ground doing no good at all. It has also been cold and stopped the garden from flourishing

bernie-woman



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Due to get warmer in Shropshire from tomorrow - just as I am leaving for wales for a week

Lozzie



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have had a week of dark and dry in Dorset - thick, promising clouds, and then nothing. Our new water but languished uselessly in the corner of the garden.

Now the heavens have opened and it has barely stopped for two days. Apart from the wet, it is incredibly DARK. My tomatoes are straining to find the light.

Nanny



Joined: 17 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 5:55 pm    Post subject: dry spell Reply with quote    

it heaved it down here this weekend after quite a dry windy and not too warm spring so far

the grass and weeds ow won't stop growing but my sweet corn is pitiful as there just ahsn't been the warm weather it needs

i can only hope thta things will improve but not too much as then the brassicas won't be very good if it's too dry.............

is there ever a good type of weather for gardeners?

Haddock



Joined: 24 Apr 2005
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Location: Marburg, Germany
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

thos wrote:
If the UK was dry, all the rain has come here. We had one hot weekend and the rest of the time it's been cold and wet.


It's been wetter in Central germany than other May's I've known

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