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Summer of 2012 is the 'wettest for 100 years'

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 31, 2012

Donkey riders defy the rain on Weston-super-Mare beach’s where traders have suffered in the washout summer, the wettest for 100 years

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This summer has been the wettest in England and Wales for 100 years, according to new figures released last night.

Data released by MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, showed that 14.25in of rain has fallen in June, July and August so far, making it the wettest summer since 1912. MeteoGroup forecaster Nick Prebble said this summer is set to be the fourth wettest since records began in 1727.

June 2012 was the wettest since 1860, had the least sunshine since 1909 and was the coldest since 1991.

Mr Prebble said: “June was wet, dull and cold. It was pretty relentless low pressure, very unsettled weather and a thoroughly miserable month. July wasn’t as wet as June but it was still wetter than average. We haven’t quite got to the end of August yet but we’re expecting rainfall to be a bit above the average.”

Seven water companies across southern and eastern England originally brought in hosepipe bans after two unusually dry winters left rivers as low as in the drought year of 1976.

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