Friday, 31 August 2012

Wettest Summer In the UK For 100 Years!

Met Office figures have recorded that, since records began in 1910, the summer of 2012 was the second wettest across the UK and the wettest since 1912, 100 years!
The Met Office say that "figures for June, July and August show that 370.7 mm of rain fell across the UK, making it the second wettest summer on record since the 384.4 mm of rain seen in the summer of 1912.
These latest figures follow a record wet April, and an April to June period that was also the wettest recorded in the UK.
Summer 2012 was also one of the dullest summers on record with just 413 hours of sunshine. This makes it the dullest summer since 1987 when the UK saw only 402 hours of sunshine.Unsettled weather has never been far from the UK during the past three months.
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 summer has seen periods of heavy and prolonged rain, as well as short but exceptionally heavy thundery downpours and only brief warm sunny spells."

A year of extreme weather, we wait to see where the jet stream parks itself over the UK next summer.

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