In March 1924, the weather provided one of the driest months on record. When wet weather is usually expected, Colchester measured just 0.5mm of rainfall in a month. Essex is one of the driest counties in England and records show that Colchester often receives the brunt of the water shortages. Between 1989 and 1992, no less than four years broke records for their temperature averages and water scarcity due to the hot, dry weather. Colchester did not escape the terrible weather event of 1953; however, the damage caused by the raging flood water around the county caused the town to lose its entire gas and electricity supply for days.