THIS summer has been the wettest in England and Wales for 100 years, according to new figures.
Data released by MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, showed that 14.25in (362mm) of rain has fallen in June, July and August so far, making it the wettest summer since 1912.
And that national picture has been mirrored in Huddersfield, where about 18in of rain has fallen in the three months.
Paul Stevens, the Salendine Nook weather expert, said: “We had another very wet Wednesday evening andThursday morning and that brought another half-inch of rain to add to what we had already received in August.
“Normally you may get one very wet month but then the other two are dry, but in this year all three months have been very wet.
“I have been looking at records for this region and it certainly looks to be probably the wettest for a century”.
MeteoGroup forecaster Nick Prebble said this summer is set to be the fourth wettest nationally 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 few millimetres above the average.”
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