Hastings sees driest July on record

Hastings saw the driest July on record last month for more than 100 years, according to the council’s meteorologists.

Not only have they confirmed the town had the driest month on record but they recorded that Hastings had its highest minimum and highest maximum temperatures ever in July.

Kevin Boorman, marketing and major projects manager at Hastings Borough Council, said: “Rain fell on just two days, and on one of those, July 19, ‘rainfall’ amounted to just 0.1mm.

"1.5mm fell on the only other ‘wet’ day, July 26, making the total rainfall for the month just 1.6mm. The average for the month is normally 53.3mm.

Hastings beach during the heatwave on July 17, 2022. Photo by Kevin Boorman

"The lowest rainfall previously recorded in July was 5.1mm, more than 100 years ago, back in 1921.

"So Hastings recorded just three per cent of its usually July rainfall last month. No wonder the grass is looking so yellow everywhere.”

Last month, hundreds of people headed to the town’s beaches. Temperatures reached higher than 30 degrees during the week beginning Monday, July 18.

The Met Office extended an Amber Extreme Heat warning, as temperatures increased.

The heat started to subside a little from Wednesday, July 20 with temperatures dropping to 21C and 20C.

The Met Office said July 2022 was the driest July for England since 1935, and the driest July on record for East Anglia, southeast and southern England, according to provisional statistics.

It said high pressure dominated the UK for much of July, pushing any Atlantic influence, and therefore much of the rain, into the northwest and allowing temperatures to build elsewhere.

The Met Office said overall, the UK saw just 56 per cent, or 46.3mm, of its average rainfall for July, making it the driest July in more than 20 years.

It added that southern England reported its driest July on record since 1836, with 10.5mm of rain, just 17 per cent of its average rainfall.

Dr Mark McCarthy, of the National Climate Information Centre, said: “The dominant weather pattern for the month has only allowed interludes of rain into northern areas of the UK, with areas further south largely getting any rainfall from isolated and fleeting showers in a month that will ultimately be remembered for extreme heat.”

According to the Met Office, the dry weather is set to continue for Hastings over the next week.