Last month was sunniest on record

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During the month, Jersey experienced 23 consecutive days without rainfall in what the agency has now confirmed as the driest July since 1999.

However, although on 8 July the Island basked in 29.6°C heat, average monthly temperatures reached only 20.2°C – short of the highest average of 21.1°C recorded in 1983.

And in total, Jersey Met recorded 351.8 hours of sunshine, with the 30-year average being 263.7 hours.

Rob Plummer, duty forecaster at Jersey Met, said he thought this year’s summer season would be one that people spoke about in years to come.

‘Temperature wise we have done really well this month but we have not hit 30°C yet,’ he said.

‘Other summers have been shorter but hit higher and more notable temperatures.

‘I think this summer will go down in people’s memories and be one that is talked about as having prolonged fine weather and no rain. I have no doubt about that.’

It has been reported that farmers have been struggling in the dry conditions, with some of their land turning into dust bowls.

And Mr Plummer added that it was unlikely there would be any reprieve for the agricultural industry in the near future.

‘It was good to get a little interlude in the dry weather last week.

‘I was in south-west England and it was quite a lot wetter there than what we got over here.

‘It was better than a poke in the eye but it was not fantastic,’ he said.

‘The rest of this week is looking set to remain dry but there is a question mark hanging over Tuesday and there are some signals on some weather models suggesting there might be some showers, but with that type of rain it is always a bit hit and miss.’

The forecaster also said that temperatures were due to be very high on Monday and that the highest temperature of the year could be recorded.

‘If there is a day it could do it it is likely to be Monday, when we have 29°C forecast but we will have to wait and see,’ he said.

‘But if the clouds on Monday turn out differently to what is forecast, then Tuesday could be warmer than Monday.’

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