THIS month has been one of wettest Junes ever recorded in Hampshire, figures reveal.
Heavy rainfall up to June 24 puts the month as the third wettest for the UK in records dating back more than a century to 1910.
But some areas have seen an exceptionally large amount of rain, with 52 observation sites breaking record rainfall totals for the month.
Some of these sites have only been going for a short time but in the case of the one at Otterbourne near Eastleigh, it has been the wettest June in 119 years.
But six weather stations nationally are currently still below their lowest ever June rainfall total.
The Met Office said the drier stations were generally in the far north and west of the UK, where normally the most rain would be expected.
The rainfall has not been evenly distributed, and while England and Wales have both so far suffered their second wettest Junes on record, Scotland has only seen a little more rain than average.
The wet conditions in more southerly parts of the UK was due to the position of the jet stream, a narrow band of fast flowing westerly winds high in the atmosphere which affects the UK’s weather, the experts said.
Throughout this month the jet stream has had a more southerly track, allowing low pressure systems which normally pass to the north of the UK to come straight over the country, bringing heavy rain to more southern areas while the far north west remains unusually dry.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: ‘Clearly there are several more days to go and there is some rainfall in the forecast, so it’s impossible to say exactly where the month will finish in the overall records. However, it’s safe to say it has been a disappointingly wet month.’