Sussex experienced its driest July on record, Met Office confirms

Less than three millimeters (2.5mm) of precipitation was recorded in East Sussex in July, just four per cent of the expected monthly average of 55.71mm, making it the driest on record in 1836 and an earlier record set in that year 1847 breaks.

A record low of 3.6mm of rain fell in West Sussex in July, just six per cent of the monthly average of 55.96mm.

Overall, the UK had just 56 per cent of its average rainfall last month, making it the driest July in more than 20 years. So far this year every month except February has been drier than average.

A total of 11 other counties in southern and eastern England joined Sussex to report their driest July on record, including Hampshire, Surrey and Kent.

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dr Mark McCarthy of the National Climate Information Center said: “July 2022 was a decidedly dry month for southern England.

“On average, only 10.5 mm of rain has been recorded so far, less than the previous record of 10.9 mm set in 1911.

“The prevailing weather pattern for the month only allowed for breaks in rain in northern areas of the UK, with areas further south getting mostly rain from isolated and fleeting showers in a month that will ultimately be remembered for extreme heat.”

Sussex also had its highest temperatures last month, with mercury rising to 37.6C in the village of Herstmonceux at the height of the heatwave.

Southern Water said water use had increased by nearly 100 million liters a day in the last month but has so far ruled out the prospect of a hose pipe ban in Sussex.

A spokesman for the water company said: “Droughts in this part of our region are highly dependent on how wet or dry the winter is.

“We had an unusually dry winter last year, one of the driest on record, but generally it takes two dry winters before drought fears arise in areas where the main source is groundwater.” Sussex experienced its driest July on record, Met Office confirms

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