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Record 24 hour Rainfall 18 July 1955

were light and from the west or southwest. Significant weather event Severe thunderstorms occurred across southern England and South Wales with some remarkable falls of rain in a very short period of time. At Dorchester (South Court Avenue), more than 3 inches of rain fell in 3 hours; Litton Cheney


was a remarkable 279.4 mm at Martinstown, near Dorchester and this is the highest daily fall ever recorded in the UK. Conversely, the region can be subject to dry periods that place demands upon water supplies and require conservation measures such as summer hosepipe bans. If a period with below average

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