An empty dowry reservoir near Oldham. (PA)
According to the Met Office, it was the driest July for England since July 1935, and the driest July on record for East Anglia, the south-east and southern England.
England recorded only 35 percent of the average rainfall for the month.
Last week, the Met Office said July 26 was the driest July in England since 1911, with only 24 percent of the average July rainfall amount in general.
The overall picture at the end of the month comes as the National Infrastructure Committee warned that ministers should introduce national hosepipe restrictions and mandatory water metering to tackle the threat of drought. Last week, the National Drought Group held an emergency meeting amid concerns that a drought could be declared if hot, dry weather persists.
The high pressure pushed much rain to the north-west of the country, meaning temperatures built up elsewhere across the UK. Overall the country saw about 56 percent of the average rainfall for July, the driest July in 20 years since 1999.
Wales recorded 53 percent of its average rainfall for the month, compared with 51 percent in Northern Ireland and 81 percent in Scotland.
With data beginning in 1836, southern England recorded its driest July on record.
“July 2022 has been a fairly dry month for southern England, with only 10.5 mm of rain recorded on average, down from the previous record of 10.9 mm in 191,” said Mark McCarthy of the National Center for Climate Information. “The dominant weather pattern for the month has only allowed an interval of rain over the northern regions of the UK, with further areas largely falling apart over a month of isolated and fleeting rainfall that will eventually lead to extreme heat. Will be remembered for.”
The country crossed 40C for the first time in July, with a new record high temperature measured in Coningby, Lincolnshire. Wales also set a new all-time record of 37.1C at Howardon, as did Scotland at Charterhall, hitting 34.8C.
The average maximum temperature for July in England was 23.5C, which was 2.3C above the average, according to the Met Office, with the average temperature in Britain higher than the average for every month so far this year.