England has had its driest February in 30 years with consultants warning that there may very well be a possible drought throughout the nation.
This month was the eighth driest second month since 1836 with a median of simply 15.3mm of rainfall.
The south and east of England had been the driest within the UK, with solely 3.5mm of rain in Essex (8% of the UK common).
England is one sizzling dry spell away from widespread drought circumstances, in line with the Nationwide Drought Group which issued the warning.
Its chair John Leyland instructed Sky Information: ‘Whereas most water ranges have returned to regular throughout a lot of the nation, low rainfall in current weeks highlights the significance of remaining vigilant.
‘We can not depend on the climate alone, which is why the Setting Company, water firms and our companions are taking motion to make sure water sources are in the absolute best place each for the summer time and for future droughts.’
Some agricultural areas are already below drought standing together with East Anglia, Devon and Cornwall.
Just some months in the past Thames Water lifted a hosepipe ban it imposed in the summertime on account of November’s above-average rainfall – impacting round 15 million folks.
General final month, the UK noticed lower than half its common rainfall with 43.4mm falling, -which is 45% of the everyday quantity.
As a area, solely Scotland skilled greater than that with 69% of common rain falling. Wales and Northern Eire additionally suffered dry spells – seeing 22% and 34% of the common respectively.
February was additionally the fifth mildest on file in a collection that goes again to 1884.
Explaining the circumstances, the Met Workplace’s Dr Mark McCarthy stated: ‘The second half of January was largely dry and that theme continued by February with excessive strain centred over the UK for a lot of the month, serving to to repel advancing fronts and maintain low-pressure techniques away.’
This resulted in a protracted winter dry spell, he stated.
Dr McCarthy added: ‘That prime strain has principally, however not completely, been centered across the southern half of the UK, which means southern England has been notably dry, with simply 9.7mm of rain falling right here, which is simply 16% of its common.’
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