Despite a promising start in June and early July, a record breaking heatwave giving us our hottest UK day on record (25th July) and a record breaking August Bank Holiday, the Summer not only turned out to be warmer than average, but a lot wetter than average too.

Just a few days after the heatwave peaked, July ended with some fairly dramatic weather on Sunday 28th, with a months worth of rain falling within 48 hours in some places - and in part contributing to the damage at Toddbrook Reservoir above Whaley Bridge, that drove people out of their homes for almost a week.

Provisional statistics, from The Met Office, bring this years Summer (for the UK as a whole) 153% wetter than average despite being almost a full degree above the long term average in terms of warmth.

The Summer was finalised by a rather disappointing August. A decent dose of sunshine, temperatures above average, some very heavy showers!

A dry and warm August Bank Holiday weekend Credit: MARK JOLLY


August for the North West was wet for almost every Met Office data site except Nantwich in Cheshire, which only had 80% of the average rainfall. Rochdale in Lancashire had 164% and Levens Hall in Cumbria 152%. A little further north, just out of the Granada region, parts of Cumbria had over twice as much of the expected August rainfall - Spadeadam a whopping 259.5%!!!!

Provisional stats for Granada region August 2019 Credit: Met Office/ ITV

The coastline faired better in August, as many of the showers bubbled up and built inland. Crosby was our warmest place with a mean 24hr max of 17.5ºC, making it 1.2 degrees above the long term average. Morecambe was the sunniest with 215.7hour of sunshine, 120% of the average for this part of the region.

We are now in the meteorological Autumn......let's see what September brings.

Dunham Park, after all the rain, early August 2019 Credit: STEPHEN MULVANEY