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UK Records Driest September Start in More Than 50 Years

The first half of September is now in United Kingdom record books for being the driest in more than 50 years.

Data calculated by the UK Met Office reveals that the average rainfall across the United Kingdom for the first 15 days of September is only 6.7 mm (0.26 of an inch).

"That makes [those 15 days] the driest first half of September for the United Kingdom in available records back to 1960," stated the Met Office.

Such records were also set for the individual countries of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The same cannot be said for England as 1997 and 2003 were drier, continued the Met Office.

London has only received 2 mm (0.08 of an inch) of rain through the first 18 days of September. That is only 7 percent of the typical 29 mm (1.14 inches). The 2 mm of rain fell during the first two days of the month.

Glasgow has had a similar September rainfall total through the 18th, but 76.2 mm is more common.

"During the last week and a half, a ridge of high pressure has been dominate across the British Isles and into Scandinavia," stated Meteorologist Tyler Roys when explaining the reason behind the dry spell.

That high blocked storms from reaching the United Kingdom, continued Roys.

"One storm spun off Portugal and Spain, while another storm crossed Germany and the Balkins."

A shower or thunderstorm around through Saturday is marking the beginning of a change in the weather pattern.

While high pressure will provide another dry end to the weekend, "it will be back to a more typical stormy pattern for the United Kingdom by the middle of next week," continued Roys.

Showers during the middle of next week will likely be most numerous across northern parts of the United Kingdom into Scandinavia as gusty winds howl.

As the storminess resumes across the United Kingdom, Roys expects drier weather to return once again to Spain and Portugal.

Rainfall totals through the first 18 days in Lisbon, Portugal, stand at 91.8 mm (3.61 inches), which is 463 percent of the normal 19.8 mm (0.78 of an inch).