August to October 2003 dry spell

Rainfall totals August to October 2003

The information below has been taken from the Met Office Hadley Centre precipitation series.

August to October 2003 rainfall
Area Rainfall (mm) 1961-90 average (mm) Rainfall as % of average Compared to previous Aug-Oct totals
Northern Ireland 123.6 294.9 42% 2nd driest in series, driest 1972 with 118.8 mm, series back to 1931.
Southern Scotland 173.5 410.0 42% 2nd driest in series, driest 1972 with 136.2 mm, series back to 1931.
SE England 80.0 190.1 42% 4th driest in series, driest 1947 with 59.5 mm, series back to 1873. Driest since 1972 when 75.7 mm was recorded.
SW England &
S Wales
132.5 263.4 50% 3rd driest in series, driest 1978 with 91.2 mm, series back to 1873. Also driest since 1978.
England and Wales 123.6 242.5 51% 4th driest in series, driest 1947 with 83.3 mm, series back to 1766. Driest since 1972 when 110.7 mm was recorded.
Central England 87.0 168.1 52% 3rd driest in series, driest 1947 with 44.5 mm, series back to 1873. Driest since 1959, when 77.1 mm was recorded.
Scotland 227.4 397.4 57% 3rd driest in series, driest 1972 with 159.7 mm, series back to 1931. Also driest since 1972.
NW England &
N Wales
169.4 295.6 57% 7th driest in series, driest 1947 with 101.1 mm, series back to 1873. Driest since 1972 when 105.7 mm was recorded.
NE England 119.0 204.7 58% 7th driest in series, driest 1947 with 64.8 mm, series back to 1873.
Eastern Scotland 132.7 215.0 62% 5th driest in series, driest 1972 with 74.4 mm, series back to 1931.
Northern Scotland 338.6 475.0 71% 12th driest in series, driest 1939 with 219.6 mm, series back to 1931.

Station data August to October 2003

Based on data available on 4 November 2003 (top five driest).

August to October 2003 rainfall
Station name Rainfall (mm) 1961-90 average (mm) Rainfall as % of average
Brize Norton (Oxfordshire) 47.6 173.3 27%
Wattisham (Suffolk) 51.0 150.3 34%
Bedford (Bedfordshire) 52.4 142.6 37%
Lyneham (Wiltshire) 52.4 186.2 28%
Met Office London 53.8 144.7 37%

Last updated: 30 October 2012