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Norfolk sizzles in the driest June since 1962

PUBLISHED: 10:03 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:03 16 July 2018

People enjoying the sunshine at Thorpe Green. Temperatures rocketed into the high 20s in the final week of June. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

People enjoying the sunshine at Thorpe Green. Temperatures rocketed into the high 20s in the final week of June. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

Weeks without rain and scorching temperatures have taken their toll on Norfolk, as one of the longest dry spells since 1962 takes affect.

Summer weather at Cromer Beach and Pier.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORESummer weather at Cromer Beach and Pier. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Parts of Norfolk have not seen rain since June 9, leading forecasters to declare June the driest the county has seen for more than 55 years.

The average rain full for June in Norfolk is 52.9ml yet this year the county has seen just 6.5ml.

Adam Dury from the Norfolk based forecaster Weatherquest said: “We’re only half way through July but with no more than 6.5ml of rain across the whole of Norfolk it’s the second driest June on record since 1962.

“We haven’t had this sort of extreme summer for twenty odd years, 1984 and 1976 were very dry and between 1962 and 1984 it’s happened three times.

Hunstanton beach in 1962. Photo: Archant LibraryHunstanton beach in 1962. Photo: Archant Library

But as the mercury continues to rise, temperatures are predicted to reach 28C today, rain could be on horizon.

This morning, Weatherquest forecaster Dan Holley tweeted that there is a: “Small chance of one or two isolated heavy showers this afternoon / early evening. Mainly Norfolk and Suffolk where there could be some thunder, but the vast majority of the region will stay dry and very warm.”

If the predicted showers do materialise then it could be the first rain parts of the county have seen in weeks.

The last time Norwich had rain was 0.2ml on June 12 but the city has not had more than one millimeter of rain since June 9.

Ann and Kay have fun with a beach ball at Mundesley, 1962. Picture: Archant LibraryAnn and Kay have fun with a beach ball at Mundesley, 1962. Picture: Archant Library

Gorleston swimming pool. Dated 1984. Photo: Archant LibraryGorleston swimming pool. Dated 1984. Photo: Archant Library

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