Britain’s driest place: Brooms Barn, Suffolk receives first rain in 52 days

Written by on July 27, 2018 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments

Much of Great Britain and Ireland is dry, very dry and in fact it’s the driest since 1961 for the period between June 1 through July 16. The evidence is all around and clear to see with rock hard soils and yellow scorched grass and fields. Rivers and reservoirs are running low in many areas and water shortages are in place also.

Credit: Paul Kingston

It’s been a reversed summer pattern with dry north, wet south.

Our landscape has dramatically changed in recent weeks.

Credit: Scott From Scotland

The land is driest the further south and particularly southeast you go over the UK.

This garden in Suffolk looks like it’s shifted from Britain to the Australian outback.

East Anglia has become Britain’s driest place with recent showers and thunderstorms missing much of the region this past week until early Friday morning.

Bury St Edmunds and Brooms Barn in the heart of Suffolk went through 51 consecutive days without rain before thunderstorms finally dampened the ground overnight Thursday into Friday bringing a rain total of 4.4mm.

Like the garden above, the weather station at Brooms Barn resembled a weather station in the Australian outback rather than England.


This arid July follows what was a bone dry June too.

As well as being the driest, it’s also the hottest part of the country.

The rains have lifted what was likely to be the driest July on record for East Anglia to 4th driest.


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