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September 'set to be one of driest'

Britain is on course for one of its driest ever Septembers, weather experts have revealed.

MeteoGroup said just 14mm (0.55in) of rain had fallen in England and Wales from September 1 to 27 - 17% of the amount that normally falls at this time of year.

In Scotland, 25.3mm (0.99in) of rain was recorded - 21% of the country's average amount, while in Northern Ireland just 6mm (0.24in) of rain fell, which is 6% of its usual total.

Forecaster Tom Tobler said: "It's been a very dry month and although we have a bit of rain coming in the next few days, it won't be enough to push the figures up that much.

"We're certainly on course for a very low rainfall figure for the month."

The record low for England and Wales was in 1959 when just 8mm of rain fell in September, MeteoGroup said.

It was revealed earlier this month that the first half of September was the UK's driest for more than 50 years.

Figures from the start of the month to September 15 showed there was 6.7mm (0.26in) of rain across the UK, which is just 7% of the September average of 96mm (3.78in), the Met Office said.

A spokesman said it was the driest first half of September for the UK since 1960.

Wales recorded less than 1mm (0.04in) of rain up to September 15 while Northern Ireland had 1.2mm (0.05in) of rain, England 4.1mm (0.16in) and Scotland 13.5mm (0.53in).

The Met Office said Bude in Cornwall had recorded just 3.6mm (0.14in) of rain so far this month while Belfast recorded 4.4mm (0.17in) from September 1 to 27.

Mr Tobler said that while the start of October may continue to be dry, conditions are likely to become "more unsettled with wind and rain".

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