Summer warmer than average despite wet spells

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Britain enjoyed a warmer than average summer despite soggy weather dampening holiday plans, the Met Office has said.

The UK saw the 11th wettest summer on record but temperatures between June 1 and August 30 were 0.41C above the long-term average.

Met Office climate scientist Mark McCarthy said: "People may well remember the 2017 summer as a bit of a damp squib, but interestingly, although it has been notably wetter than average for many areas, it has also been warmer than average.

"The warm settled periods at the end of June and the beginning of July helped boost the average temperatures."