More rain than all of February

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AFTER February saw only 60 per cent of the regional average rainfall for the month, March got off to a very wet start.

Bury St Edmunds weather recorder Alan Messem logged 31.2mm of rain on Sunday and Monday, which is 70 per cent of the March average and 8.7mm more than fell in February. It was the wettest two days since 46.2mm fell on August 25 and 26, 2010.

“The good thing is that it was steady rain so it’s gone into the ground instead of running off, but it’s still not enough,” he said.

We have had the driest autumn and winter six months for years with only 206mm of rain, which is 64 per cent of the average 321mm. The previous driest was 232mm in 2005/6, when we had 10 rainy days more than the 39 we had this time. The region’s average in the two seasons is 60 rainy days.

Alan said the total rainfall for the year to the end of February was only 72 per cent of average, at 434mm.