Friday, June 29, 2007

Records tumble: months of extremes hit UK

John Vidal,
environment editor
Tuesday June 26, 2007

After a drought last year, the autumn and winter combined were the wettest on record in Britain, and the three months of spring were the hottest on record for the whole of the UK, since 1914.

Despite the rain, average June temperatures so far are well above normal. Yet in April it was hard to believe Britain was not becoming as climatically attractive as the south of France, or the highlands of Kenya.

The early summer was the warmest, sunniest and driest, with the average temperature for April 11.1C (52F), beating the previous record of 10.6C, set in 1865. South-east and eastern England had next to no rain, prompting fears of another drought.

Totals for April were 2mm, around 5% of average rainfall. Wales, and south-west, central and northern England had only around 20% of the monthly average. The exception was north-west England, at nearly 40% of average rain.

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