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End of the drought: a month's rain in three days

The Anglia region has seen as much in three days as it would normally get in a month. Photo:

The rain shortage in the Anglia region has ended abruptly with as much rain in three days as would normally be expected in the whole of May.

It is much needed rain as some parts of the region have been experiencing the driest 10-month spell since 1976 leading to problems for farmers and gardeners.

River levels have also been running low.

There has been more rain in the past three days in the previous six weeks.

The three days ending at 10am on Friday 19 May 2017 saw a total of 43 mm (1.7 inches) of rain across the Anglia region with places like Shoeburyness in Essex, Wattisham in Suffolk and Holbeach in Lincolnshire have had more than 50 mm.

The long-term average for rainfall in the whole of May is around 50 mm (2 inches).

There has been more rain in the past three days that during the whole of April and the first two weeks of May.

It has been good weather for ducks in the past few days.

The forecast is for more showers at the start of the weekend but becoming drier into Sunday and the early part of the following week.

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