1. ITV Report

Wettest July on record for some in East Anglia

Visitors use their umbrellas at the Olympic park during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP/Press Association Images

It won't come as much of surprise to learn that a number of places in the Anglia region had their wettest July on record. It follows on from the UK's wettest ever June.

Averaged across the Anglia region, there was nearly 100mm (4 inches) of rain during July which is more than twice the normal amount. It's the wettest July overall since at least 1950.

A number of spots recorded their highest-ever July rainfall total including Wattisham, Suffolk with 112.4 mm, Cambridge with 101.4 mm and Shoeburyness, Essex with 94.6 mm.

The wettest place in the region was Santon Downham in Suffolk with 136.2 mm (5.4 inches).

Across the summer months of June, July and August the Anglia region would expect to see 155 mm of rain. So far in 2012, the region has seen as much as 200 mm with the whole of August yet to go.

A fan shields himself from the rain with an umbrella as he wait to pose with the Olympic rings. Credit: Eric Gay/AP/Press Association Images

The normal July rainfall total is 45 mm (1.8 inches).

July rainfall totals in the Anglia region in 2012:

  • 136 mm - Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 118 mm - Marham, Norfolk
  • 116 mm - Rothamsted near Harpenden, Herts
  • 112 mm - Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 106 mm - Sawtry, Cambs
  • 106 mm - Charsfield, Suffolk
  • 102 mm - Norwich
  • 101 mm - Cambridge
  • 100 mm - Andrewsfield, Essex
  • 95 mm - Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 82 mm - Writtle, Essex
  • 62 mm - Weybourne, Norfolk