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July rainfall four inches above average

Many of us were keeping our fingers crossed for a sunny Cup Match, but last week's wet weather brought a significant amount of badly needed tank water.

A week of sporadic rain and thunderstorms finally stopped on Wednesday evening, giving way to clear skies in time for the four-day holiday.

A total of 8.94in of rainfall was recorded last month at LF Wade International Airport — four inches above the 1971 to 2000 average of 4.94in.

The record total for July is 10.62in, which fell in 1987.

Rob Howlett, meteorologist at the Bermuda Weather Service, told The Royal Gazette: “You may recall a particularly wet weekend near the end of the month where 3.63in was measured on Saturday the 25th alone.

“There's no telling what August will bring. Last August was the wettest on record with 14.09in and we average 5.64in during the month.

“With summertime convective showers and thunderstorms, activity tends to be smaller in size and more spatially varied when compared to a winter frontal system.

“One end of the Island could receive a heavy downpour while the opposite end gets nothing, thus records at the airport may not always be representative of the Island as a whole.

“This week we should expect slight rain as the five-day forecast is calling for a few showers to develop from this afternoon into tomorrow as the Bermuda to Azores High weakens slightly, allowing for an increase in moisture with a possible rumble of thunder.”

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Published August 04, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated August 04, 2015 at 2:14 am)

July rainfall four inches above average

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