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Successive subsidence surge on the radar


Sedgwick is warning of the potential for another subsidence surge this year, after reporting lower than expected rainfall in May followed by the hottest June on records.

In its latest edition of Subsidence Watch, it revealed that rainfall in May in the North London area was only 71% of the monthly average, and below the long-term average in all regions of the country.

Meanwhile, average June temperatures of 15.8 Deg C were 2.5 Deg C higher than the average and almost a full degree hotter than the previous record highs recorded in 1940 and 1976.

It says that rainfall levels in July and August will now be critical to determining whether the industry faces a second successive surge.

The edition said, “If high temperatures and dry weather continues into July and early August then we anticipate a modest to reasonable increase in new claim volumes from mid to late August within the South East region.

“The extent of how significant and prolonged this increase it will be determined by the weather conditions in August and September. If a period of cooler, wetter weather occurs in August then volumes would start to fall, and the any initial spike would be moderated.”

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