UK mops up after one of wettest Junes on record

A familiar sight in June

A familiar sight in June

As Sussex was battered by heavy rain, lightning and strong gusting wind last month, it may not be a surprise that June was one of the wettest and dullest starts to summer since records began, according to the Met Office.

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

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

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

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

Forecaster Alex Burkill said: “It was generally a wet and dull month with high levels of rainfall in localised areas.”

Drier conditions are expected in the south, although more damp weather is forecast for the north, but not as extreme as last month.

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