UK April Wettest in 100 Years

May 02, 2012; 8:26 AM
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The wind and rain storm that damaged this scaffolding in London on April 29, 2012, also contributed to the month's record high UK. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

For the U.K., April 2012 was the wettest month of April in the modern meteorological record, the U.K. Met Office said in its news blog on Monday.

The preliminary estimate, taken on the 30th day of the month with rain still falling in areas, showed average rainfall of 121.8 mm, or 4.8 inches. Normally, the U.K. would see an average of 69.6 mm, or 2.7 inches, of rain for the month, the Met Office said. The old record was 120.3 mm, or 4.7 inches, set in 2000.

Comprehensive weather records for the U.K. date back to 1910, according to the Met Office.

Ironically, this wet month was the same one that saw official drought declaration expanded to cover most of England. Water-saving measures issued in March, impacting millions of people, were brought into effect.

The last week of April was exceptionally wet; so much so that some previously low-flowing streams were swelled out of their banks, according to the Daily News website and other reports on line.

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