Weather: Wettest June in 79 years paves way for a dre­ich July.

Weather: Bleak out­look again for next week when dry start will turn to more rain

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Dave lord dlord@the­courier.co.uk

Scot­land has been hit by a June mon­soon – and July isn’t look­ing much bet­ter.

Fore­cast­ers said the re­cent del­uge has re­sulted in the wettest June for 79 years north of the border.

An av­er­age of 148mm of rain – al­most six inches and double the usual 82mm – poured down on Scot­land from June 1 to 27, Met Of­fice fig­ures show.

Rain­fall over the last few days means June 1966’s 150mm will be eclipsed, with this month likely to be Scot­land’s wettest June since the record 167mm in 1938. Records be­gan in 1931.

The Met Of­fice fore­cast is for more rain to­day.

Although July should start with a drier week­end boast­ing tem­per­a­tures of 14-18C, At­lantic rain will threaten early next week, fol­lowed by ever wet­ter and windy con­di­tions from mid­week.

The re­cent del­uge is the re­sult of a “Euro­pean Mon­soon” – in­creased rain­fall blown in by strong west­erly At­lantic winds.

The Met Of­fice de­scribed the Euro­pean Mon­soon as an “ill-de­fined phe­nom­e­non” which may be linked to con­ti­nen­tal Europe’s land tem­per­a­tures ris­ing.

Just to rub salt into the wound, while Scot­land has ex­pe­ri­enced a soak­ing, Eng­land has en­joyed a 35.4C heat­wave – re­sult­ing in one of the hottest Junes since records be­gan south of the border.

Met Of­fice fore­caster Gra­hame Madge con­firmed the rather bleak out­look, say­ing: “There’s a rea­son­able amount of rain in the fore­cast.

“Next week should get off to a dry start but rain may spread, and from mid­week it looks set to turn more change­able, es­pe­cially across north­west­ern parts of the UK where wet and windy weather is likely.”

Mean­while, Weather Out­look fore­caster Brian Gaze said: “The Euro­pean Mon­soon has re­turned, with At­lantic winds be­com­ing more vig­or­ous af­ter mod­er­at­ing in late spring, bring­ing rain from the At­lantic”.

There’s a rea­son­able amount of rain in the fore­cast

Pic­ture: Steve MacDougall.

Peo­ple make their way through the rain in Dundee city centre yes­ter­day.

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