This month is set to be the driest September in the UK since records began almost 100 years ago – and one of the warmest.
Met Office figures show that the country has had just one fifth of the rain expected, with just 19 mm falling.
Northern Ireland was the driest country up to the 28 September, with 6.5 mm of rain – 7 per cent of its average – and the wettest was Scotland with 33 mm, which still makes September its second-driest.
England had 13.5 mm or rainfall in the month and Wales saw 11.9 mm.
September has also seen temperatures far above average, prompting a rush to the countryside and coast to bask in sunshine and 25C heat.
The mean temperature for the UK so far has been 13.9C - 1.2 C above the long-term average.
This means it has been the joint 4th warmest September since records began in 1910, although it is well below the record of 15C set in 2006.
Sunshine hours have been closer to normal, with 94 per cent of the expected amount.
The summery weather followed one of the wettest Augusts on record, when bank holiday getaways were blighted by rain, wind and cool temperatures.
Met Office forecasters described 2014 as a “generally very wet year” so far, with January to August being the wettest period on record.
January and February saw storms and torrential rain cause devastating flooding across the south of England, forcing people to leave their homes and turning villages in the Somerset Levels into islands.
But that extreme rainfall has prevented the country going into drought seven months later.
Trevor Bishop, the Environment Agency’s deputy director of water resources, said: “Following the wettest January to August on record, water resources in England are around normal for the time of year.
"We also look ahead by modelling how rivers and groundwater may respond to different future rainfall patterns. The results show a broadly positive picture and even if rainfall is below average this autumn the country will not go into drought."
Flooding in England
Flooding in England
1/20 Flooding in Shepperton
The Three Horseshoes Pub in Shepperton. Properties along the Thames Valley were affected by power cuts as the river burst its banks
2/20 Flooding in Shepperton
People wade through floodwaters in Thames Meadow, near Shepperton
3/20 Flooding in Shepperton
Sandbags to stop flooding at the Warren Lodge Hotel in Shepperton
4/20 Flooding in Shepperton
A Land Rover drives along a flooded street in Shepperton
5/20 Flooding in Shepperton
Dr James Andrews was stranded in his home without electricity since Sunday, but he was rescued yesterday by soldiers
6/20 Flooding in Shepperton
Soldiers from the Royal Engineers pull a boat through floodwaters in Thames Meadow, near Shepperton
7/20 Flooding in Shepperton
Many residents' homes in Shepperton are now only accessible by boat.
8/20 Flooding in Bridgwater
Water surrounds flooded propeties in the village of Moorland on the Somerset Levels near Bridgwater
9/20 Flooding in Chertsey
A resident wades through the floodwater that has swept into Chertsey, which lies just west of London
10/20 Flooding in Wraysbury
Firefighters driving through flooding in Wraysbury, Berkshire
11/20 Flooding in Wraysbury
In the normally tranquil village of Wraysbury, residents have rallied round after houses were swamped by floods
12/20 Flooding in Wraysbury
Services personnel assist in the evacuation of a family from their home in Wraysbury
13/20 Flooding in Wraysbury
Members of Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue squad evacuate a family
14/20 Flooding in Wraysbury
Floodwater reaches a children's playground in Wraysbury
15/20 Flooding in Wraysbury
Labour party leader Ed Miliband talks with resident Peter Horner
16/20 Flooding in Wraysbury
A member of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers leads his vehicle through flood water in Wraysbury
17/20 Flooding in Worcester
The Severn View Hotel in Worcester surrounded by flood water
18/20 Flooding in Worcester
Swans swimming through a flooded car park at Worcester Racecourse
19/20 Flooding in Datchet
Residents carry sandbags to protect their property from the floods, in the centre of the village of Datchet
20/20 Flooding in Datchet
A man is pulled in a kayak through a flooded street in the village of Datchet
The dry and warm conditions this month have been caused by high pressure dominating our weather for much of the month.
This tends to block more unsettled weather heading in off the Atlantic, leaving the UK with fine, dry and fairly sunny weather.
But forecasters say Britain is set for a return to more normal conditions in early October - with cooler, wetter, and windier weather expected.
The start of October will see showers and heavy rain in most places, according to the Met Office, and cool temperatures with possible frost in parts.
For the second half of the month, wet and windy weather is forecast with dry and bright interludes.Reuse content