You probably guessed already – but this March was the wettest for four decades.
It has also been among the dullest, with less sunshine than is average for the time of year. It follows on from the driest February for 30 years, when just 15.3mm of rain fell.
Up to March 30, 111.3mm of rain (4.3in) fell in England, 91 per cent more than average, and it is the wettest March since 1981.
Wales and Northern Ireland also had one of their top ten wettest Marches, while Scotland’s tally was around average. But it has still not been enough to refill reservoirs and aquifers emptied by last year’s drought.
The National Drought Group has warned that the UK is just one hot, dry spell away from returning to the drought conditions seen last summer.
You probably guessed already – but this March was the wettest for four decades. Pictured: People walk through Centenary Square, Birmingham, during rain showers on Friday
Head of the National Climate Information Centre Dr Mark McCarthy said: ‘March 2023 will be remembered for being a dull and wet month, especially in the south of the UK.
‘While the rainfall has been notable in England and Wales, it hasn’t been enough to fully recover the deficit of rain over the last 12 months.’