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Total rainfall in Northamptonshire already above yearly average

Pitsford Reservoir, the water levels are higher following a month of rain but still very low compared to normal levels at this time of year.

Pitsford Reservoir, the water levels are higher following a month of rain but still very low compared to normal levels at this time of year.

The total amount of rainfall in Northamptonshire has already exceeded the yearly average, despite drought conditions in the first three months of 2012.

A weather report released by Pitsford Hall Weather Station has found the county had only stacked up 352.1mm of rain, 59 per cent of the yearly average, by November 2011 causing serious concern about diminishing water reserves.

The months of January, February and March all had below average rainfall, with only 17.2mm and 17.8mm recorded in February and March which is less than half of the expected monthly totals.

However, following six months of above average rainfall this year, the county rainfall record currently stands at 749.0mm, equivalent to 114 per cent of the yearly average.

June has been the wettest month with 123.9mm of rain recorded, which is more than double the monthly average.

In November, 78.2mm of rainfall has been recorded most of which, 40.6mm, has fallen over the past few days Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Overall, it has already been the wettest year in Northampton since 2007.

 

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