Driest June since 1976, or was it 1901? 

The Belgian Met Office has released statistics about the past month of June. The measuring station in Ukkel only had 4 days of rainfall, compared to 15 days on average, and precipitation was 80 percent below what we normally have. In all, the month was exceptionally dry and abnormally warm. Depending on how you look at it, this June set a new drought record since 1976 or 1901. 

The past weeks were very dry. Precipitation in Ukkel was at 15.8 litres per square metre in June, which is 80 percent below what we normally have (71.8 litres). This makes it the driest June since 1976, when we had a long and hot summer about which people talked for decades. June 1976 had 12.1 litres of rain. 

There were only four days of rain, compared to 15 on average. This is very rare, and the first time since 1901 that it occurs. A previous exceptional mark of five days was set in 1976. The special thing now is that the (scarce) rain, which was also very unequally divided across the country, fell in the beginning of the month.  The situation for the crops is worst in northern and western parts of Flanders. 

Average temperature was 2 degrees Celsius too hot

Temperatures were higher than normal: the average maximum temperature was 22.5 Celsius (20.6 normally) while the general average temperature was calculated at 18.2 Celsius, also some 2 degrees Celsius above what we should normally have. 

The only figure which is more or less as expected, was the number of hours of sunshine: 190 hours for the whole of June, compared to 188 on average. 

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