Droughts in Wales?

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There's been a lot of talk of drought recently which is true for parts of England including East Anglia but according to the Environment Agency Wales was not officially in drought status although it was probably touch and go in some places such as the Marches.

Last week I was walking in Montgomeryshire and Shropshire along the Offa's Dyke Path and crossed the River Unk which was bone dry. Mind you, after yesterday's deluge I bet its trickling with water now.

Amounts of rain varied across the country.The Environment Agency figures state: that one of the wettest places in the last 24 hours was Treherbert in the Rhondda with 72mm of rain (3 inches) but Ruthin in Denbighshire had 9mm and Pontrhydfendigaid in Ceredigion only had 5mm. So, some welcome rain for gardeners and farmers alike.

The weather is improving today - becoming dry and brighter and most of tomorrow will be dry with some warm sunshine thanks to a ridge of high pressure but make most of it, because the rest of the week looks more unsettled with low pressure bringing a few showers and rain on Friday.

Last week a little snow fell on Snowdon on Friday! This is slightly unusual in June but does happen every now and again with cold air from the Arctic. On June 2nd 1975, sleet and snow fell quite widely across Britain.

The cold snap back then was followed by a heat wave but there's no sign of that happening this year.

The rest of June looks very changeable with temperatures around or a little below average for the time of year.

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