UK Weather - Summer 2022

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Re: UK Weather - Summer 2022

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The Met Office have produced a 15 page pdf on the recent heatwave and the new UK maximum temperature record:

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/binaries/c ... atwave.pdf

The weather cooled considerably from Wednesday onwards with rain for more northern parts of the UK, but it has remained mostly dry in the south and it has become very warm again this weekend, particularly in the SE + East Anglia. The temperature reached between 30-32°C in these parts on Sunday. Here in Tiverton, it has been mostly cloudy today (Sunday 24th July) with a few bits and pieces of rain + drizzle, but with a very warm breeze from the SW - the temperature reached 24°C despite only a few sunny intervals.

Looking forward, it looks to remain dry in the southern half of the UK with temperatures just a little above normal.. The ground is getting very dry now and the prolonged period of below normal rainfall. roughly 9 months, is beginning to raise concern about ground water and reservoir levels.

The CET for July was 18.2°C (+2.2°C) up to the 22nd and the EWR was 8mm also up to the 22nd, which is just 11% of the monthly average.
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Re: UK Weather - Summer 2022

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Some locations broke all time records by 4.0C is one of the more shocking facts in that report.

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Indeed, cbm, this is similar margins to the heatwave western Canada experienced last year.

The weather has been rather quiet in the UK since the heatwave, particularly in the south. We are now getting concerned about the lack of rainfall in the south which has been on-going for the last 9 months or so. This BBC article highlights this, although it should be remembered that the England + Wales rainfall figures reflect a wetter northern half and a drier southern half combined - the lack of rainfall is more pronounced here in the south:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-62303330

The CET for July was 18.2°C (+2.2°C) up to the 26th and the EWR was 15mm also up to the 26th, which is just 20% of the monthly average. We are not expecting much more before the end of the month.
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Fairly non-descript weather over southern parts of the UK in the last few days, with a little patchy rain and rather muggy. There has been a bit more rain in the last couple of days for Wales, Scotland and more northern parts of England, but it is still going to end up a very dry month.

The attached BBC article attempts to inform us on the current situation, but I am afraid it does not really expand our knowledge, but thankfully falls short of trying to persuade us to share a shower or a bath. :lol:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-62298430

The Met Office has provided a few more figures - the rain of the last couple of days in more northern parts will move July 2022 down the driest month league table.

https://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2022/07/2 ... e-climate/

Currently in the UK, roughly 60% of domestic properties are fitted with a water meter and probably most of these households pay for what they use, although rather bizarrely, you are not mandated to use the meter. However, the remaining 40% or so pay a fixed rate (based on the house rateable value from decades ago) and can use as much water as they like. For larger households, there is no incentive to get a meter fitted or indeed one if it is already installed, as their bill will likely rise. For industrial premises, metering uptake is very high as it is seen as a way of reducing demand and more importantly, the bill. This stupid situation has existed for years, but no politician has got the guts to enforce metering. Let's hope the rains come back for those of us in the south.
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We have had a run of unusually warm south westerlies for the last few days with very muggy days and nights. Here in Tiverton the night minimum for Tues/Weds was 19°C which is the warmest night so far this summer. It has been essentially dry in the SE half of the UK, but quite wet further north. A number of water companies have announced impending restrictions including hose pipe bans. The cold front has now passed through and we are in a slightly fresher westerly flow, but the forecast for the next 7 days is dry and sunny and increasingly warm for most of the UK.

July was the driest for England as a whole since 1935, but the driest on record for much of SE England + East Anglia - the gridded rainfall record now extends back to 1836. It was also warm with average temperatures over the UK nearly 2 degrees above normal. Sunshine was around average.

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/p ... since-1935

The final CET for July was 18.2°C (+2.2°C) and the final EWR was 23mm, which is only 31% of the monthly average.
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