580 homes north and south of the River Steeping in the town of Wainfleet All Saints in Lincolnshire are evacuating after the river burst its bank at Thorpe St Peter. Some places across the UK recorded 1, 2 or close to 3 times their usual June rainfall in just a couple of days.
"Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th were particularly wet days, especially in the east and southeast England and northeast Wales, where some places recorded almost two months' worth of rain in one day," the UK Met Office said June 14.
Flintshire in northeast Wales is the wettest region so far this month, receiving 140.5 mm (5.53 inches) or 225% of its average June rainfall. This is followed closely by Lincolnshire, which recorded 111.2 mm (4.37 inches), or 198% of average June rainfall.
The wettest place relative to average this month is Wainfleet (Skegness) recording nearly three times (287%) its normal June rainfall so far.
In Ham Hill, Kent, 94.6 mm (3.72 inches) of rain fell within a 24-hour period – twice the June average of 47.6 mm (1.87 inches) for Kent.
While some areas in Britain have seen their full amounts of monthly rain, 'so far we don't think we're on track to beat the 2012 record as a wet June,' the UK Met Office said. June 2012 registered 150 mm (5.9 inches).
The map below shows the rainfall so far this month as a percentage of the June average. The dark blue areas are those that have already received more than twice their normal June rainfall. In contrast, Scotland has received just over half its normal June rainfall in the first half of the month so is much closer to what we might expect for this point in the month.
The Met Office issued a series of National Severe Weather Warnings for heavy rain and thunderstorms during this period, with amber rain warnings for London, southeast England and southeast Scotland. The Environment Agency issued numerous flood warnings and alerts, with significant flooding in Lincolnshire where over 100 properties were flooded by June 14.
On June 15, 580 homes north and south of the River Steeping in the town of Wainfleet All Saints in Lincolnshire are evacuating after the river burst its bank at Thorpe St Peter.
Royal Air Force (RAF) helicopters have been deployed to drop sand in an attempt to repair deteriorated flood defenses.
— Paul Murphy (@BBCPaulMurphy) June 13, 2019
Great work from the Puma Crews from @RAFBenson who joined the other @ComdJHC teams on the flood relief efforts in Lincolnshire yesterday. #Togetherwedeliver #TeamJHC #AcrossAllBoundaries @RoyalAirForce pic.twitter.com/mFqE7XtDpT
— DComdJHC (@dcomd_jhc) June 15, 2019
— THE HERETIC (@admit2sin) June 15, 2019
— Met Office (@metoffice) June 12, 2019
According to the Met Office, the unsettled weather and heavy rain is a result of an omega blocking pattern, with low pressure in the western Atlantic, high pressure in the mid-Atlantic and low pressure in the eastern Atlantic. The UK has been stuck under this latter area of low pressure, allowing weather fronts to continually feed across the UK from the east.
The most unsettled weather will be towards the northwest this coming week as the jet stream edges northwards. However, warmer air feeding into the south will bring the risk of thunderstorms pic.twitter.com/szVX3ge6C0
— Met Office (@metoffice) June 15, 2019
Featured image credit: Loyalty 3 @ 3SqnRAF
If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.
Your support makes a difference
Dear valued reader,
We hope that our website has been a valuable resource for you.
The reality is that it takes a lot of time, effort, and resources to maintain and grow this website. We rely on the support of readers like you to keep providing high-quality content.
If you have found our website to be helpful, please consider making a contribution to help us continue to bring you the information you need. Your support means the world to us and helps us to keep doing what we love.
Support us by choosing your support level – Silver, Gold or Platinum. Other support options include Patreon pledges and sending us a one-off payment using PayPal.
Thank you for your consideration. Your support is greatly appreciated.