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Monday, May 23, 2011

Hottest spring for a century... and STILL the rain stays away - 23rd May 2011

This spring is on course to be the hottest since records began 100 years ago.

And despite the prospect of showers over the next few days, forecasters say there is still no sign of the heavy rain needed to ease near-drought conditions in the South and East of England.

According to Met Office figures, April was the warmest since records began in 1910, while March was warmer than usual.

So if temperatures in the second half of this month remain high, the average temperature of the three months will be around 9.2c (48.6f) – the hottest on record.

Jonathan Powell, senior forecaster at Positive Weather Solutions, said: 'This year has seen an exceptional spring, with temperatures and sunshine well above average and rainfall down by a huge amount, fuelling drought worries.'

There is no relief on the way for farmers, who have warned of a harvest disaster after the driest spring since records began.

England and Wales have been averaging 61.3mm of rain since March, while western Suffolk and Cambridgeshire have seen just 10mm.

Rivers and reservoirs are lower than normal across the country. Read More