Friday 31 July 2009, 13:47
Over 180mm of rain has fallen this month, double the July average and wetter than July last year. The wettest July in Wales was in 1939 with over 240mm. While Ray Garner in Llanfynydd, Carmarthenshire reckons this July is the wettest month on record since he started taking measurements for the Met Office in 1996. Maybe Ray should consider moving!
The wet weather is taking its toll. The Brecon County Show has been cancelled for the first time in 254 years. I know that many farmers and gardeners are desperate for several days of dry weather but I can't promise that in the near future.
The honey bees are suffering too because of the rain. Carol Keys-Shaw, Secretary of South Clwyd Beekeepers advises beekeepers to inspect their hives urgently. If you find they are starving, you have to feed them a syrup which you make up from granulated sugar.
Will a change in the month this weekend bring a change in the weather? Unfortunately not. There is more rain on the way, but I can promise some dry weather and sunshine as well. Beyond that, the changeable weather is set to continue next week; so if you're off to the Eisteddfod in Bala take your waterproofs and the sun-cream as well.
One computer forecast I look at does hint at higher pressure by the middle of August bringing drier, warmer and sunnier conditions. Mind you, that is a long way off, things could change but summer is far from over yet so hopefully the bees will soon be back to their normal self and buzzing around happily again.
Have a great weekend and perhaps I will see you at the Eisteddfod next week!
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