Further weather misery as shows are cancelled due to rain

Agricultural show organisers have faced another miserable year after they were forced to cancel shows for the second year because of wet weather.

Hawkshead Show in Cumbria, due to start on Tuesday (19 August) has been called off after downpours, the latest in a series of weather casualties this summer.

Cumbria has been badly affected by heavy rainfall this year, with the Met Office recording 96mm rainfall in the first 12 days of August, almost as high as the 107mm usual average for the month.

Other shows to have suffered because of the weather include Trawden Show in Colne and the Camelford show in Cornwall.

Show organisers were left devastated after witnessing the second washout show in a row.

For the second time in two years, the Okehampton and District Agricultural Show was forced to postpone following bad weather, suffering the same fate as the Royal Lancashire Show a month before.

Met Office records show that Britain is suffering abnormally high levels of rainfall for this time of year.

Rainfall in July was recorded as 101.7mm for 2008. This is actually down on last year, where 125.1mm rainfall was recorded.

But before last summer, there had not been that level of rainfall since 1988 with 120.3mm, and before that 1960 where 107.5mm was recorded.

All other recordings from 1960 to the present have remained comfortably under 100mm during July.

After two consecutive summers of extremely high rainfall recordings, farmers will be left wondering if wetter weather is becoming a permanent fixture of British summers.

This week has seen severe weather warnings from the Met Office regarding heavy rain in Northern Ireland.

Farmers’ weather woes are set to continue for the duration of August in the north and west of Britain, with the Met Office predicting the weather will be “unsettled”, with rainy spells continuing.

Things look considerably brighter in south-east Britain, with a much drier forecast, although light showers are still expected.

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