As temperatures start to drop in the UK, a weather map compares the rainfall in 2022 to that of the summer of 1976
The heat wave in the UK appears to be over as temperatures begin to drop. Most people can currently enjoy pleasant highs in the 20s, although temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius may return shortly.
With rains already overdue, Cornwall is experiencing below average rainfall which could put crucial centers for agricultural production at risk.
Falling temperatures in the UK
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(Photo: LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
According to data from the Met Office, the region is expected to receive up to 10.60 days of rain, or 71 millimeters, in July, an average it did not reach in 2022.
The region is badly in need of rain as the Newquay weather station recorded just 6.8mm of rainfall this year.
The surrounding ecology will suffer from insufficient rainfall and farmers will be forced to use irrigation, which will put pressure on Cornwall’s reservoirs.
While rain is expected throughout next week, much of South West England will see none of the incoming rain.
WXCharts experts have said the next chance of rain in Cornwall will be a short downpour this weekend.
According to the maps, the region will receive rainfall totals of only around 0.3mm, far less than what is needed.
Then, after passing through Plymouth and up the south coast to Looe, another downpour is charted by WXCharts.
The prognosis is more distant during the first days of August, but for the moment, the maps indicate no rain before August 12th.
Local governments and water providers may decide to enact a garden hose restriction if there has been an extended absence of rain.
The Environment Agency said on Tuesday that the majority of England was suffering from “prolonged dry weather” after the National Drought Group (NDG) meeting.
The NDG recommended people try to reduce their water use and said it had started preparing for drought in parts of England.
Authorities have previously advised Cornwall residents to save water for visitors, so people have recently received warnings similar to this.
In early July, South West Water, Devon and Cornwall’s main water supplier, issued a demanding warning.
Comparison of precipitation in 2022 to the summer of 1976
The Met Office said today that England had its driest July in 111 years, with Britain’s first garden hose restriction of the summer following the driest six months since the drought history from 1976.
The most recent statistics revealed that there had been just 15.8mm (0.6in) of rain on average in England, which is just 24% of the amount that would be expected in normal July.
It comes as people are advised to use water with care in England.
According to the Met Office, up to yesterday the nation would have predicted that a normal July would have already received well over three-quarters of the month’s rainfall.
With an average of 37.7mm (1.5in) of rain across the UK, this July has so far been the driest since 1984 and the seventh driest since records began in 1836 .
According to data provided by meteorologists, England experienced the driest eight-month period from November 2021 to June 2022 since the country suffered a catastrophic drought in 1976.
Just 421mm (16.6in) of rain fell in England during this period, less than 74% of the average of 568mm between 1991 and 2020 (22.4in).
In the UK, an average of 340mm of rain fell between November 1975 and June 1976.
The Met Office, however, warned that 2022 cannot be compared too closely to 1976 since, despite the trend towards drier weather, England received 30% more rain during that year.
Recent hot weather has also prompted fire chiefs in UK cities to brace for more wildfires, while the Isle of Man said it will impose a hosepipe restriction from midnight Friday .
Since June, rainfall on the island has decreased by 50% and Manx Utilities said the ban would be enforced with fines of up to $2,000.
It comes after a failed effort to reduce water consumption, which has increased recently.
The NDG was organized by the Environment Agency, with participation from Defra, water companies, the Met Office, the National Farmers Union and others.
With additional hot and dry weather expected in the coming weeks and much of England being at a stage of drought classification, the EPA said any future bans will be decided by local water suppliers .
July 2022 is now, with five days remaining, the second driest July for England since records began in 1836, after only 1911.
Of course, there’s still time for things to change somewhat for the rest of the month.
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