It might not come to a surprise to many people given the continued downpours in the latter part of April but now the Met Office has said that last month was the wettest since records first began in 1910, and May has started out in similar fashion with heavy downpours during the night and throughout the day.

In April there was 121.8 mm of rain, according to the Met Office.  69.6mm of rain would usually be recorded in April; last month’s downpours are the heaviest for twelve years when rain measured 120.3 mm in April 2000.

The heavy downpours over the weekend led to dozens of flood warnings being issued by the Environment Agency and many areas both locally and nationally suffered flooding.

As many will have noticed, April was also cooler than March, a trend which has so far continued into May.  The statistics for April contrast from March 2012 which was the fifth driest on record.

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