Met Office confirms June was wettest on record

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THIS June was the wettest since records began, with double the average rain falling during the month, the Met Office has confirmed.

Provisional figures showed the UK received 145.3mm (5.7 inches) during June, beating the previous record of 136.2mm (5.4 inches) seen in June 2007.

It is the second month this year to see record-breaking amounts of rain, after this April became the wettest in the records dating back more than a century to 1910.

Many areas saw extremely high rainfall, with 83 out of 237 observation sites seeing records for rain broken.

As reported in The News, Hampshire was one of the wettest in the country, with Otterbourne near Eastleigh seeing the most rainfall for June in 119 years.

Last month was also the one of the dullest Junes on record, with just 119.2 hours sunshine.

This was only slightly less miserable than June 1987 when a record low of 115.4 hours was recorded in that month.

And the UK has experienced the coolest June since 1991, with average temperatures of 12.3C (54F).

‘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,’ a Met Office spokesman said yesterday.

The past three months have seen lots of wet weather, with the period from April to June also the wettest on record for the time of year.

Only the second half of May saw a spell of prolonged fine, settled weather.