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April 2012 Already Wettest In A Century Say Met Office

Published: 30th April 2012 18:05

Aeriel view of flooded fields and railway lineThis April is the wettest in the UK in records which date back to 1910, according to early Met Office figures to the 29th of the month.

Further rain is to come overnight tonight as outbreaks of heavy and possibly thundery rain affect southern England and Wales, so final rainfall figures for the month will change.

However, the UK has already seen 121.8mm of rain so far - significantly more than the 69.6mm you would normally expect for the month and beating the previous record of 120.3mm set in 2000.

Many Met Office observation sites across the UK have broken their individual rainfall records, with six stations so far having seen more than three times their usual monthly average.

April has been in stark contrast to March, which was the 5th driest on record for the UK with 36.4mm of rain (comparing to the average of 95.9mm).

In another reversal of the norm, this April has also been cooler on average than March - the first time this has happened since 1998.

Figures which go up to 25th of this month show April's mean temperature is 6.1C compared to March's 7.7C.

No weather station across the UK has registered a temperature of 20C or above this month, which is the first time this has happened since 2006 (and 1989 before that). Again, this is in contrast to March where the 20C barrier was broken regularly.

Weather during these two contrasting and distinctly non-average months has been heavily influenced by the position of the jet-stream. In March it brought prolonged settled and unusually warm weather, but a shift in the jet stream's track has brought in unsettled weather for April.

Other interesting facts for April 2012:

  •  Much of the rainfall has been focused on the south of the UK, with England seeing more rainfall than Scotland.
  •  Despite the heavy rain experienced this month, sunshine amounts so far this month have not been far off the average.
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