MAY-JULY WETTEST MONTHS ON
RECORD IN UK
27 July 2007
Britain is braced for more heavy rain, compounding the effects of what is now the wettest
early summer on record.
Figures from the Met Office show that the period from May to July of this year, which has seen the worst flooding in
modern times, was the wettest since records began in 1766 - even before the month is over.
There are also fears that
subsiding waters could leave a legacy of disease.
Forecasters warned that spells of heavy rain were again on the way
- including in areas already suffering the effects of the floods.
The Met Office figures show that 387.6mm of rain
have already fallen across England and Wales.
The extreme rainfall in June - where 103.1mm of rain fell at Fylingdales
in North Yorkshire in a 24 hour period between June 24 and 25 - was followed by a similar deluge in July when Pershore College in Worcestershire saw 120.8mm
of rain fall on July 20.
Meanwhile, the Queen has made a donation to the British Red Cross's National Floods Appeal.
charity set up the fund to help people affected by the recent flooding which has generated havoc across Gloucestershire and
A Buckingham Palace
spokeswoman said: "The Queen has made a donation from her private funds because of the devastation caused by the floods."
appeal, which started on Tuesday, has already raised more than £500,000. The money will be used to help people facing hardship
in the wake of the flooding, as well as to support local recovery activities and community groups.