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.
Smoke created hazy, orange views in Los Angeles on Saturday as the Sand Fire continued to rage less than 40 miles away from the city's downtown.
Gusty thunderstorms will target the northeastern United States on Monday, but will fail to sweep away the baking heat wave gripping the region.
Dangerous heat will surge northward and send temperatures soaring across the northwestern United States during the final week of July.
Downpours will spread from the lower Mississippi Valley to eastern and central Texas early this week, delivering needed rain but raising the concern for flash flooding.
A renewed risk of severe weather will threaten portions of the north-central United States early this week.
With the heat of summer comes many unwelcomed pests, including mosquitoes, ants, fruit flies, wasps and stink bugs, into outdoor spaces and homes.
Manchester, KY (1992)
A state trooper was stranded in his patrol car after it was submerged by flood waters.
Alexandria, NE (1992)
8.0" of rain with severe flooding.
Sandusky, OH (1995)
3.22" of rain in less than 2 hours. Many roads were flooded.