Record rainfall - June-July & May-July 2007

Record totals over England and Wales for both of these periods...

June and July 2007 were both exceptionally wet months, with large areas of England and Wales and eastern parts of Northern Ireland having over twice the average rainfall for these two months, and locally three times the average over Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and the Humber.

The June-July 2007 per cent of average map is shown below.
Rainfall anomaly map

Areal values for June-July 2007 for the UK, countries and regions that have experienced high precipitation are shown in the table below. These values are final and are based on the full network of stations. These areal series begin in 1914.

June-July 2007 - areal precipitation values
Area
(Regions map |Districts map)
June-July 2007
precipitation (mm)
% of 1961-1990 averageRanking in
June-July series
from 1914
Highest or previous
high since 1914
UK270.91871228.8 mm - 1931
England271.02271215.6 mm - 1936
Wales373.02241323.2 mm - 1936
Scotland242.81349298.0 mm - 1938
N Ireland279.11931274.5 mm - 1958
England & Wales (*)285.02261230.3 mm - 1936
England N319.62331249.4 mm - 1931
England S245.32231219.1 mm - 1936
England E & NE295.62541208.4 mm - 1931
England NW & Wales N347.62061287.2 mm - 1931
Midlands312.32671227.3 mm - 1936
East Anglia173.81713206.9 mm - 1936
England SW & Wales S310.82161288.1 mm - 1936
England SE & central S222.12141194.9 mm - 1991

(*) There is also an historic monthly rainfall series for England and Wales, from 1766, which is an homogenous series based on selected station data. In this series, the total for June-July 2007 was 294.1 mm exceeding the previous June-July record by over 20 mm. The previous record was 270.6 mm in June-July 1768.

May-July 2007 - Record rainfall

As well as June and July being exceptionally wet, May also had well above average precipitation. The May-July 2007 per cent of average map is shown below.
Rainfall anomaly map

Areal values for May-July 2007 for the UK, countries and regions that have experienced high precipitation are shown in the table below. These values are final and are based on the full network of stations. These areal series begin in 1914.

May-July 2007 - areal precipitation values
Area
(Regions map |Districts map)
May-July 2007
precipitation (mm)
% of 1961-1990 averageRanking in
May-July series
from 1914
Highest or previous
high since 1914
UK384.71781325.9 mm - 1931
England378.12111277.9 mm - 1924
Wales502.01981420.1 mm - 1920
Scotland371.61394401.7 mm - 1931
N Ireland350.51614373.0 mm - 1931
Englands&sWales (*)395.12091295.5 mm - 1924
England N403.41991324.4 mm - 1931
England S364.72181267.3 mm - 1924
England E & NE372.82151280.0 mm - 1931
England NW & Wales N450.31811408.2 mm - 1920
Midlands424.82401286.3 mm - 1958
East Anglia291.91961247.5 mm - 1958
England SW & Wales S448.72031360.0 mm - 1931
England SE & central S325.92041268.1 mm - 1924

(*) There is also an historic monthly rainfall series for England and Wales, from 1766, which is an homogenous series based on selected station data. In this series, the total for May-July 2007 was 415.1 mm exceeding the previous May-July record by over 60 mm. The previous record was 349.1 mm in May-July 1789.

Last updated: 11 January 2013