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Wettest Summer in 100 Years for UK

September 3, 2012; 9:19 AM ET

--What a Difference a Few Months Time Makes!

The United Kingdom has had its wettest summer since 1912, according to preliminary calculations by the UK's Met Office.

As of Aug. 29, the estimated average rainfall across the UK as a whole was put at 366.8 mm (14.44 in), the 4 News blog said on Aug. 30.

Only 1912, with its areal average of 384.4 mm (15.13 in), was wetter.

Comprehensive record keeping for UK weather began in 1910.

Record-high rainfall was registered by the Met Office, not only in July, but in April, when the flip from persistent drought to wet took place.

The big spring and summer rains help to chase away what had been a serious, growing drought with attending water-supply worries throughout eastern and southern England.

The "big wet" of 2012 was attributed to a marked southward shift in the jet stream across the eastern Atlantic Ocean and western Europe, the 4 News blog said.

Flooded roadway at Jarrow, England, on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 (AP Photo/Scott Heppell).

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