After April’s lack of showers, we have had the wettest May since at least 1992.
Bury St Edmunds weather recorder Alan Messem says the 123.7mm that fell on the town in May was 263 per cent of the regional average, yet April’s 14mm was 70 per cent below average.
Alan said dry weather continued into the first week of May with only 4.5mm of rain but the following week, saw 40mm, including a thunderstorm on the 13th.
The next week was dry but Alan noted a red sunset on the 21st.
He said: “Contrary to the old saying of being a ‘shepherd’s delight’, 20min after sunset there was a shower and a very wet night followed with nearly 22mm falling the next day, with a thunderstorm on the 22nd and a carpet of hail in the evening of the 24th.”
After a dry Bank Holiday, rain started about midnight and 30mm fell by 9am. It continued to drizzle until rain set in about midday with nearly 21mm by 10pm.
He says 56mm fell in 30 hours, beating his previous two-day record of 53mm on August 8, 1999.
Even with a dry March and April, the 164mm spring total is 25mm above average and the year’s total is 111mm above average at 712mm.