The average rainfall figure for the UK from 1-29 March was 39.1mm, making it the driest March since 1953 when 41.6mm of rainfall was recorded.
Rainfall in England and Wales was particularly low, with the provisional figures suggesting it could have been the driest March there in the past 100 years.
The provisional rainfall figures for March 2011 are:
- UK – 39.1 mm
- England – 13.3 mm
- Northern Ireland – 46.0 mm
- Scotland – 86.3 mm
- Wales – 17.8 mm