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First six months 'driest since 1929'

Posted 1 July 2010
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First six months 'driest since 1929'
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The first six months of this year were the driest in Britain for 81 years, the Met Office has said, something that could concern those thinking of buying hydration packs.

During this period, the average rainfall was 356.8 mm per month, with 1929's figure of 275.7 mm being the only drier first half to a year in the last 100 years.

Such dry conditions could lead to parts of high moorland becoming tinder dry and posing a fire risk, although the Met Office did say that western and northerly areas would get wetter next week, meaning that those climbing mountains are more likely to get wet.

This means that while taking hydration packs to avoid getting too thirsty on the hills may still be important, waterproof jackets will still be necessary.

Earlier this week, the Haweswater Hotel noted that the dry weather had caused the level of the reservoir to drop sufficiently to reveal traces of Mardale Green, the village abandoned in 1935 ahead of the building of the dam to enlarge the existing lake.

Posted by Elaine Arthur