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.
After an earthquake hit in the area, the Bardarbunga volcano erupted Friday in Iceland, causing a temporary no-fly order.
Following a wet August, a dry and pleasant start to September is on tap for the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The North Central states face the most adverse weather this Labor Day weekend, in the form of severe storms and tornadoes which will threaten lives and travelers.
After a brief cooldown late this week, very warm and humid air will bounce back during the Labor Day weekend.
An outbreak of severe weather, including tornadoes, will evolve on Sunday from the northern and central Plains to part of the Upper Midwest.
Showers and thunderstorms may hamper rescue and recovery efforts following a deadly landslide in China.
New England (1965)
A total of 2.5 inches of snow on top of Mt. Washington set an August record. Vermont had a reading of only 25 degrees, while Nantucket had a chilly 39 degrees. Earliest freeze on record at many stations.
Houston, TX (1980)
2.23 inches of rain fell in less than 1 hour. Streets were flooded in the downtown district and a tornado touched down briefly west of Houston at Sealy, TX.
Pittsburgh, PA (1982)
39 degrees, coldest ever in August.