While July has seen a good deal of dry and bright weather, we’ve also seen a few periods of heavy rainfall.
Whether through intense thundery downpours or prolonged periods of rain such as seen in southern parts of the UK on Friday last week, these events have dramatically pushed up the rainfall totals for the month.
This has led to speculation about whether this July could be on course to be the wettest on record. However, a quick look at the statistics shows that while it has certainly been wet, we’re unlikely to break any national records this month.
Provisional rainfall statistics for July 2015 so far suggest that with 5 days of the month remaining much of the country has already received close to or above average rainfall for the month – but we’re some way off breaking the records for each country.
Table showing rainfall figures so far this month compared to average and the records:
|Rainfall 1-26 Jul 2015||Current record July||1981 – 2010 average|
|UK||93 mm||146 mm (2009)||78 mm|
|England||70 mm||129 mm (2009)||63 mm|
|Scotland||128 mm||186 mm (1940)||100 mm|
|Wales||102 mm||241 mm (1939)||93 mm|
|Northern Ireland||95 mm||186 mm (1936)||81 mm|
The wettest regions compared to average have so far this month been eastern Scotland, East Anglia and the south west of England. If records are going to be broken they will most likely be localised rather than national records.
Even those regional records are far from a sure thing. The weather is generally improving for most parts of the country and high pressure, bringing more settled conditions, is expected to build towards the back end of the week.
This means the last few days of this month are unlikely to add big rainfall numbers to the totals we have so far.