Past three months revealed to be wettest on record


This April to June has been the wettest on record across England and Wales, the Environment Agency said today.

As the Midlands and northern England began the clean-up after being battered by the latest torrential downpours, the Agency said the past three months had been the wettest for the time of year across all regions in the two countries.

Last week was another extremely wet week, with 76mm of rain falling across the North West and more than 50mm of rainfall in the North East, South West and Wales.

This month is set to be one of the wettest Junes in records dating back more than a century to 1910. England and Wales have already received more than double the long-term average rainfall for the month.

Nearly half of the rivers the Environment Agency monitors are at exceptionally high levels, with all rivers higher than or at normal levels for the time of year.

Levels at all but three reservoirs are classed as normal or higher for this time of year, while groundwater levels are largely improving after two dry winters in a row left much of England in drought conditions.

But four water companies, Sutton and East Surrey Water, South East Water, Veolia Water Central and Veolia Water South East, which rely heavily on groundwater from chalk aquifers for customer supplies, still have hosepipe bans in place.

Polly Chancellor, national drought co-ordinator, said: "The wettest April to June on record has meant that river and reservoir levels across England and Wales are now normal or above for the time of year, but in some parts of the country, flooding has caused serious problems.

"Groundwater levels are now largely improving."

And she said: "We are continuing to closely monitor the situation and are working with water companies and others to plan for the impacts of a potential third dry winter."

In the face of the increasingly wet conditions, the Environment Agency will no longer be updating the public on drought on a weekly basis.

Even before the latest storms, this June was the second wettest on record across the UK, according to the latest data from the Met Office.

The figures, which do not include yesterday's torrential rain across parts of the country, show the UK had received an average of 130.1mm of rainfall (5.1 inches) up until June 27.

The figure is just 6mm off the total for 2007, which was the wettest June on record dating back more than a century. That year swathes of England were hit by flooding in June and July.

Wales has already seen its record for the wettest June tumble, with the country receiving 186.3mm (7.3 inches) of rain this month, beating the previous wettest June in 1998 when 183.1mm (7.2 inches) fell.

Overall Scotland has had a reasonably average June, but while it has been exceptionally dry in the north west, southern and eastern parts of the country has seen the same wet conditions suffered by the rest of the UK.

It has also been the coolest June since 1991 and unusually dull, with less than two-thirds of the average sunshine for the month.

Yesterday's storms saw extremely heavy rainfall in some areas, with Scampton in Lincolnshire receiving 28.4mm (1.1 inches) in only an hour and other places seeing more than 20mm (0.8 inches) in the same amount of time.

There was also hail and more than 111,000 lightning strokes over the UK, with 1,000 in a five minute period across the country at the peak of activity.


Suggested Topics
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
New Articles
i100... with this review
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
footballTim Sherwood: This might be th match to wake up Manchester City
Arts and Entertainment
musicHow female vocalists are now writing their own hits
New Articles
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
Blahnik says: 'I think I understand the English more than they do themselves'
Arts and Entertainment
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey
TVInside Downton Abbey series 5
Life and Style
The term 'normcore' was given the oxygen of publicity by New York magazine during the autumn/winter shows in Paris in February
fashionWhen is a trend a non-trend? When it's Normcore, since you ask
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Marketing Manager - Leicestershire - £35,000

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (CIM, B2B, MS Offi...

Marketing Executive (B2B and B2C) - Rugby, Warwickshire

£22000 - £25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful organisation wit...

SEN Coordinator + Teacher (SENCO)

£1 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Job Purpose To work closely with the he...

Research Manager - Quantitative/Qualitative

£32000 - £42000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is curr...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam