Isle of Man records driest June in 20 years

More than 40 tents were flattened at Douglas Rugby Club on June 2 by storm force winds

More than 40 tents were flattened at Douglas Rugby Club on June 2 by storm force winds

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Campers during TT practice week might disagree but June was the driest for 20 years, according to official figures.

Only 25.8mm of rain was recorded at Ronaldsway, less than half the average for June.

Unsurprisingly nearly 10mm of it fell on the first day of the month, when an unseasonal storm caused chaos at campsites full of TT visitors and brought widespread travel disruption.

The severe gales included the strongest winds ever recorded for the month, with one gust measured at 63mph.

The Met Office described the wind as ‘closer to the peak we would expect in December than June’.

But skies soon cleared and gave way to a month that featured 20 per cent more sunshine than normal at 240.5 hours. On the sunniest day, June 11, Ronaldsway enjoyed 15.6 hours of continuous sunshine.

And with only 25.8mm of rainfall compared to the long term average of 58.5mm, 2015 was officially declared the driest June since 1995.

Meanwhile the average wind speed of 11.7mph was marginally above the long term mean of 11.2mph.

Temperatures were cooler than average throughout most of the month but June ended on a high with a maximum of 22.7 degrees centigrade at Ronaldsway last Tuesday (June 20). It was the first time this year that they had topped 20 degrees.

There were no frosts and the lowest ground temperature of 1.4 degrees was measured on June 8.

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