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Driest July for almost 40 years with less than one inch of rain

A drop of water falls from a leaky hose spigot. (File photograph)

Last month was the driest July in almost 40 years, according to the Bermuda Weather Service.

The BWS recorded less than one inch of rainfall – 0.97in – over the course of the month, which made July the driest month since 1984 when 0.9in was recorded and the third driest in recent history

The driest July in BWS records was 1975, when just 0.74in of rain fell on the island.

Michelle Pitcher, acting director of the BWS, said the month was “unusually dry” due in large part to a strong Bermuda-Azores High which allowed little rain to reach Bermuda.

“We continue to wait for the gradual weakening of the high which will allow for more robust features to impact us,” she said.

April, May and June had also run “a bit dry” with rainfall recorded at 3.8in, 3.5in and 3.7in, respectively, leaving overall rainfall to day below normal.

Water trucking firms told The Royal Gazette last month that demand for deliveries had surged “tremendously” with companies warning the public to keep an eye on their tanks to prevent water emergencies.

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Published August 03, 2022 at 7:59 am (Updated August 03, 2022 at 7:59 am)

Driest July for almost 40 years with less than one inch of rain

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