2016 is enjoying another drier than average month - the 4th in a row with a total of 128mm from July, 80mm, over 3 inches below average.
the last years similar to this for the same four month period were 112mm in 1997 and 109mm in 1991.
The 10-month total for 2016 is now close to average at 487mm from 93 days with more than 1mm.
Except for pleasant dry days on the 8th and 13th, rain fell every day from the 7th to the 21st. On Friday the 1st, this remarkable October started with three hours of prolonged rainfall with one clap of thunder around midday. It ended with no rain at all in a pleasant warm spell from the 21st with air pressure getting up to 1036mb with winds off the sea turning SW’ly. It did turn colder on the 10th with some hail from an afternoon shower and the first ground frost of the autumn was visible the following morning.
The nearest warm and dry late October similar to this was 2011 with 1.2mm. A huge temperature contrast was the cold and frosty end to 1997 but still had only one short period of slight rain in the afternoon of the 23rd.
-- Month’s total rainfall 29.9mm – 57% of 1961-1990 Regional Average from 9 days with more than 1mm – same as average.
-- 14 days with significant rainfall of 0.2mm or more.
-- Wettest 24hrs: 8.0mm from 0900 hrs GMT on October 1st.
-- Alan Messem records the weather on the River Linnet at Bury St Edmunds – 1 mile west of town centre. Height above MSL 46 metres. Grid Reference TL 836638