July rain twice the average

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RAINFALL in Bury St Edmunds had matched the east of England average for July by the 12th of the month.

Bury weather recorder Alan Messem went on to record another 40mm – only 6mm less than the month’s average – in the following week. By Tuesday, July’s total was 103.5mm. The total for the past year is now 109 per cent of the regional average.

Alan added: “The June and July total of 197mm is extraordinary for East Anglia. The last early summer like this was when RAF Mildenhall recorded a similar amount in 1958.

n Weather impact on the harvest – Page 36.