Dry spell 2004/6

The following information applies to the England SE & Central S district area and using a series back to 1914 (no further updates are planned)

The following information applies to the England SE & Central S district area and using a series back to 1914 (no further updates are planned)

  • November 2004 to July 2006 - 17 out of these 21 months recorded below 1961-1990 average rainfall.
  • November 2004 to July 2006 - Driest equivalent period (fixed 21-month period) since November 1932 to July 1934, and 3rd driest in series.
  • Annual 2005 - 4th driest year in the series, and driest since 1973.
  • November 2004 - 8th driest November in series.
  • January 2006 - 8th driest January in series.
  • May 2006 - 8th wettest May in series.
  • Slightly above average rainfall for August 2006 and September 2006, and then above-average rainfall for October, November and December 2006, reduced the significance of the dry spell considerably.

Map showing standard areas used to generate climatologies

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The main period of the meteorological dry spell was November 2004 to July 2006, with 17 out of these 21 months recording below average rainfall across England SE & Central S district area.

rainanom_2004_2006_dryspell

By the end of December 2006, the situation had improved considerably, after above-average rainfall over the period August 2006 to December 2006.

rainanom_aug2006_dec2006

The driest area compared to average for the period November 2004 to December 2006 was Cornwall, which had provisionally recorded 82% of average rainfall over this 26-month period.

rainanom_2004_2006_latest

UK rainfall anomaly maps

A complete set of monthly, seasonal and annual rainfall anomaly maps is available at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/anomacts/

This includes the following periods starting November 2004, which was the start of the dry spell.

Nov 04 - Apr 05 | Nov 04 - May 05 | Nov 04 - Jun 05 | Nov 04 - Jul 05 | Nov 04 - Aug 05
Nov 04 - Sep 05 | Nov 04 - Oct 05 | Nov 04 - Nov 05 | Nov 04 - Dec 05 | Nov 04 - Jan 06
Nov 04 - Feb 06 | Nov 04 - Mar 06 | Nov 04 - Apr 06 | Nov 04 - May 06 | Nov 04 - Jun 06
Nov 04 - Jul 06 | Nov 04 - Aug 06 | Nov 04 - Sep 06 | Nov 04 - Oct 06 | Nov 04 - Nov 06
Nov 04 - Dec 06

Annual 2005 | Annual 2006

Also periods starting October 2004 (October is the start of the conventional water year).
Oct 04 - Mar 05 | Oct 04 - Sep 05 | Oct 04 - Mar 06 | Oct 04 - Sep 06

Area values/anomalies for dry spell

Information for England SE & Central S district area

Individual monthly rainfall and seasonal rainfall information can be found from the following links.

2004 Monthly Summaries | 2005 Monthly Summaries | 2006 Monthly Summaries

Other links

The Met Office is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

Water Watch - UK Hydrological Summaries (published jointly by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford and the British Geological survey)

Environment Agency's web site

Last updated: 11 February 2013