UK Weather: Summer drought fears grow for Britain – Daily Mail

UK Weather: Summer drought fears grow for Britain – Daily Mail


The wettest inhabited place in England looked bone dry today as the prospect of a summer drought loomed closer.

Seathwaite, in Borrowdale, Cumbria, generally receives between two and three metres of rainfall per year.

On November 19, 2009, an astonishing 316.4 mm of rain poured onto the tiny hamlet within just 24 hours, breaking Met office records within the UK.

The wettest inhabited place in England looked bone dry today as the prospect of a summer drought loomed closer. Pictured, the River Derwent earlier today 

The wettest inhabited place in England looked bone dry today as the prospect of a summer drought loomed closer. Pictured, the River Derwent earlier today 

The wettest inhabited place in England looked bone dry today as the prospect of a summer drought loomed closer. Pictured, the River Derwent earlier today 

Seathwaite, in Borrowdale, Cumbria, generally receives between two and three metres of rainfall per year. Pictured, the River Derwent in 2011

Seathwaite, in Borrowdale, Cumbria, generally receives between two and three metres of rainfall per year. Pictured, the River Derwent in 2011

Seathwaite, in Borrowdale, Cumbria, generally receives between two and three metres of rainfall per year. Pictured, the River Derwent in 2011

But pictures taken today show a different story, with youngsters casually walking along the dry rocky river bed of the River Derwent, as the sun shone down upon the picturesque Lake District location.

This follows reports that the UK experienced the driest winter for more than 20 years, leaving some rivers and reservoirs with dwindling water levels.

Met Office figures have also revealed April 2017 to be the 10th driest on record, and weather experts are predicting that the dry spell may continue over the next three months.

A Met Office spokesman said: ‘The historic county of Cumberland saw 36 per cent rainfall in April, which is almost two-thirds less rainfall than average.

But pictures taken today show a different story, with youngsters casually walking along the dry rocky river bed of the River Derwent, as the sun shone down upon the picturesque Lake District location 

But pictures taken today show a different story, with youngsters casually walking along the dry rocky river bed of the River Derwent, as the sun shone down upon the picturesque Lake District location 

But pictures taken today show a different story, with youngsters casually walking along the dry rocky river bed of the River Derwent, as the sun shone down upon the picturesque Lake District location 

On November 19, 2009, an astonishing 316.4 mm of rain poured onto the tiny hamlet within just 24 hours, breaking Met office records within the UK

On November 19, 2009, an astonishing 316.4 mm of rain poured onto the tiny hamlet within just 24 hours, breaking Met office records within the UK

On November 19, 2009, an astonishing 316.4 mm of rain poured onto the tiny hamlet within just 24 hours, breaking Met office records within the UK

Met Office figures have also revealed April 2017 to be the 10th driest on record, and weather experts are predicting that the dry spell may continue over the next three months 

Met Office figures have also revealed April 2017 to be the 10th driest on record, and weather experts are predicting that the dry spell may continue over the next three months 

Met Office figures have also revealed April 2017 to be the 10th driest on record, and weather experts are predicting that the dry spell may continue over the next three months 

Pictured, canoeists, sailboats and day trippers on the shores of Derwentwater in the Lake District in 2013

Pictured, canoeists, sailboats and day trippers on the shores of Derwentwater in the Lake District in 2013

Pictured, canoeists, sailboats and day trippers on the shores of Derwentwater in the Lake District in 2013

‘The dry spell is expected to continue over the next few days with the weather becoming more unsettled towards the end of the week.’ 

However, there could be some spots of rain for parts on the country in the coming days. 

A Met Office spokesman added: ‘Today has been mostly dry for the UK with some isolated showers in the east while it remained clearer in the west of the country.

Met Office figures have also revealed April 2017 to be the 10th driest on record, and weather experts are predicting that the dry spell may continue over the next three months

Met Office figures have also revealed April 2017 to be the 10th driest on record, and weather experts are predicting that the dry spell may continue over the next three months

Met Office figures have also revealed April 2017 to be the 10th driest on record, and weather experts are predicting that the dry spell may continue over the next three months

A Met Office spokesman said: 'The historic county of Cumberland saw 36 per cent rainfall in April, which is almost two-thirds less rainfall than average'

A Met Office spokesman said: 'The historic county of Cumberland saw 36 per cent rainfall in April, which is almost two-thirds less rainfall than average'

A Met Office spokesman said: ‘The historic county of Cumberland saw 36 per cent rainfall in April, which is almost two-thirds less rainfall than average’

He added: 'The dry spell is expected to continue over the next few days with the weather becoming more unsettled towards the end of the week'

He added: 'The dry spell is expected to continue over the next few days with the weather becoming more unsettled towards the end of the week'

He added: ‘The dry spell is expected to continue over the next few days with the weather becoming more unsettled towards the end of the week’

‘Tomorrow will continue the east-west split with warmer weather in the west, where temperatures will be in the mid teens. 

‘There could be some showers in Scotland.

‘On Tuesday, it will be a fine day for most and temperatures could hit 17C.

‘On Wednesday, while there could be some spots of rain temperatures will rise again to around 20C.’   

A Met Office spokesman added: 'Today has been mostly dry for the UK with some isolated showers in the east while it remained clearer in the west of the country'

A Met Office spokesman added: 'Today has been mostly dry for the UK with some isolated showers in the east while it remained clearer in the west of the country'

A Met Office spokesman added: ‘Today has been mostly dry for the UK with some isolated showers in the east while it remained clearer in the west of the country’



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