Met Office confirms wettest June in more than a century
June 2012 was the wettest June since records began in 1910 with double the amount of average rainfall, the Met Office has confirmed.
It is the second record breaking month of rainfall this year, with April also topping the rankings. The period from April to June is also the wettest recorded for the UK.
Last month was also the second dullest June on record with just 119.2 hours of sunshine, narrowly missing out on the record of 115.4 hours set in 1987. To complete the disappointing picture, it has also been the coolest June since 1991 with a mean temperature of 12.3 deg C.
Unsettled weather has never been from the UK during the past three months, with only the latter half of May seeing a spell of prolonged fine weather.
Movements in the track of the jet stream, a narrow band of fast flowing westerly winds high in the atmosphere, have contributed to the weather we have seen.
This June has seen periods of heavy and prolonged rain, as well as short but exceptionally heavy showers.
The total UK rainfall was 145.3mm – exactly twice as much as you would normally expect compared to the 1971-2000 average. This beats the previous record of 136.2 mm set in 2007.Follow @CaerphillyObsvr