There used to be a river here... now it’s a trickle


The Chronicle - - News - By KATIE DICK­IN­SON

Re­porter THIS is what was left of the River Tyne at Cor­bridge on Fri­day af­ter an­other dry week across the North East.

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency has said the dry con­di­tions caused river flows to de­crease across the coun­try.

Flows were classed as “nor­mal or be­low nor­mal for the time of year” at most of in­di­ca­tor sites.

But the South Tyne is among only a hand­ful across Eng­land where lev­els are classed as “ex­cep­tion­ally low”.

And rain­fall to­tals over the past week are less than 1mm across all of Eng­land.

A spokesper­son said: “Cu­mu­la­tive rain­fall to­tals for July to date range from 0% of the July long term av­er­age (LTA) in north­ern, cen­tral and east Eng­land to 8% in south-west Eng­land.”

But that could be about to change with scat­tered show­ers and thun­der­storms pre­dicted for the next few days – al­though the North East will es­cape most of them.

Tem­per­a­tures will hit the mid20s to­day and to­mor­row, al­though there is a chance of rain show­ers on Mon­day.

A Met Of­fice spokesper­son said: “There will be some cloud af­fect­ing parts of the North East.

“It has been cloudy the last few days and it will be more of the same.

“There might be the odd shower and this has the po­ten­tial to be quite heavy later this even­ing. “Overnight it will clear up. “The rain that will be af­fect­ing the west­ern parts of Bri­tain is not likely to reach the North East, so it should be cloudy but warm with tem­per­a­tures in the low 20s, go­ing up to the mid 20s on Sun­day.”

A very low River Tyne at Hay­don Bridge, Northum­ber­land

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