Last winter may have been cold but it was also drier than normal.

In Wales only 324.2mm of rain fell during December, January and February (the long term average is 445.9mm) although we had plenty of snow!

This month has been very dry so far with numerous grass fires across the country:


During the first two weeks of March, only 1mm of rain has been recorded.

The long term average for rain this month, here in Wales is 118.8mm so we have some catching up to do.

The driest March ever recorded was in 1944 when only 21mm of rain fell.

The current dry spell is set to come to end this week with rain expected on Thursday.

The rain will no doubt come as a relief to farmers and gardeners, given that the ground is so dry at the moment.

Derek

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