August may have had only eight rainy days but the month’s rainfall was 145 per cent of the regional average.
Bury St Edmunds weather recorder Alan Messem recorded 54mm of rain by the 16th, which almost equalled the month’s 30-year average and by the 24th the total had reached 76.7mm before fine weather set in.
The month started with temperatures reaching 33C on the first, but Alan says the four-hour thunderstorm that triggered the next morning saw 19mm of intense rain.
There was more thunder and 7mm of rain on the evening of the 5th, but only 2.5mm over the next 10 days.
He says the 16th started so dry that three hours of continuous rain quickly evaporated, leaving roofs and roads dry, but not for long.
That afternoon a 40min shower brought a 16.7mm drenching. By the end of the day 24mm had fallen, giving our wettest day since May 2.
Yet the total for the year to the end of August is 51mm below average, at 331mm.
In spite of the wet August this year, the June to August summer months were the driest since 1994 at 133mm.That was 102mm down on last year and 22mm below the regional average.