June officially 'among dullest and wettest on record'

Spring weather May 18th 2016

The month of June was one of the wettest and dullest starts to summer since records began, the Met Office said.

Despite the temperature being above average for the first month of summer, there were just 138 hours of sun - making it the seventh dullest June since 1929.

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It was also the wettest start to summer since 2012, with an average 101.8mm of rain falling across Britain - 39% more than usual.

Data from the Met Office confirmed it was the 11th wettest June since records began in 1910.

Although no counties broke their own records for rainfall, several across Scotland and the South East saw twice the average for amount of rain.

These included Aberdeenshire in Scotland, County Derry in Northern Ireland and Essex, Kent and Middlesex in England.

Despite a sunny start, the end of June saw flash flooding which affected London and the South East, causing some polling stations for the EU referendum to be closed or relocated.

Forecaster Alex Burkill said: "It was generally a wet and dull month with high levels of rainfall in localised areas, and that was to do with the significant thunderstorms and heavy downpours that were experienced in London and the South East.

Mr Burkill said the week ahead would be "mixed", with heavy rain expected in Scotland and the North West towards the weekend and temperatures in the mid to low teens.

In London and the South East, Mr Burkill predicted it would be a little brighter and warmer, with temperatures reaching up to 24C over the weekend.

Britain's rainiest cities
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Britain's rainiest cities
It rains for an average of 170.3 days per year in Glasgow, making it Britain's rainiest city. 112cm of rain falls here very year.
It rains on 154.4 days per year in Huddersfield, with an average yearly rainfall of 102.84 cm of rain. While there is more rainfall in Preston and Cardiff, Huddersfield has more rainy days.
It rains on 153.2 days per year in Preston, with 103.36cm of rain.
Manchester sees an average of 151.7 rainy days a year, with 86.7cm of rain.
With 115.9cm of rain annually, Cardiff is the city with the highest amount of rainfall. It rains on 148.6 days per year on average.
With 148.8 days of rain per year, Carlisle sees an average of 87.21cm of rainfall.
It rains on 145.7 days per year on average in Rhyl, with 81.41cm of rainfall.
Gloucester has an average of 145.6 days of rain per year, with 83.34cm of rain.

Blackpool has an average annual rainfall of 88.27cm, and it rains on 145.5 days per year.

It rains on 144.3 days per year in Liverpool with 83.66cm of rain.


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