August to September 2003 dry spell

Rainfall totals August to September 2003

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

August to September 2003 rainfall
Area Rainfall (mm) 1961-90 average (mm) Rainfall as % of average Compared to previous Aug-Sep totals
SE England 27.2 119.4 23% Driest in series, previous driest 1940 with 36.1 mm, series back to 1873.
SW England &
S Wales
51.9 161.3 32% Driest in series, previous driest 1940 with 56.2 mm, series back to 1873.
Central England 37.5 115.2 32% 4th driest in series, driest 1959 with 28.9 mm, series back to 1873.
England and Wales 56.0 155.3 36% 2nd driest in series, driest 1959 with 46.0 mm, series back to 1766.
Eastern Scotland 58.6 142.5 41% 3rd driest in series, driest 1959 with 40.1 mm, series back to 1873.
Northern Ireland 79.7 185.4 43% 3rd driest in series, driest 1972 with 70.1 mm, series back to 1931.
Southern Scotland 115.6 256.5 45% 4th driest in series, driest 1959 with 72.4 mm, series back to 1931.
NW England &
N Wales
89.8 187.3 48% 6th driest in series, driest 1959 with 37.9 mm, series back to 1873.
Scotland 127.7 250.9 51% 4th driest in series, driest 1959 with 87.1 mm, series back to 1931.
NE England 77.1 137.5 56% 9th driest in series, driest 1959 with 26.7 mm, series back to 1873.
Northern Scotland 195.9 290.2 67% 11th driest in series, driest 1976 with 100.3 mm, series back to 1931.

Station data August to September 2003

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

August to September 2003 rainfall
Station name Rainfall (mm) 1961-90
average (mm)
Rainfall as %
of average
Bedford (Bedfordshire) 13.8 93.9 15%
Lyneham (Wiltshire) 14.2 122.9 11%
Filton (Gloucestershire) 16.2 145.9 11%
Yeovilton (Somerset) 16.6 121.2 14%
Holbeach (Lincolnshire) 16.8 118.9 14%

August to September 2003 rainfall maps

Actual rainfall map

RainfallAugSep03_Actual

Anomaly (percent of average) map

RainfallAugSep03_Anomaly

Last updated: 30 October 2012