The latest rainfall update from the Met Office National Climate Information Centre shows that this has been the UK’s wettest winter on record in the national series going back to 1910.
These provisional rainfall statistics for the winter so far (from 1 December 2013 to 19 February 2014) show new records for the UK, Wales, east Scotland, southwest England & south Wales alongside the record already set for southeast & central southern England.
With just over a week to go until the end of the season:
- The UK has now received 486.8mm of rain, narrowly above the previous record of 485.1mm set in 1995.
- Wales has seen 691.8mm of rain, beating the previous record of 684.1mm in 1995.
- East Scotland has seen 514.5mm of rain, beating the previous record of 482.2mm in 1915.
- Southwest England and south Wales has seen 632.5mm of rain beating the previous record of 610.7mm in 1990.
- Southeast and central southern England has seen 492mm beating the previous record of 437.1mm set in 1915.
All countries and areas are also on target for a warmer than average winter.
Current record wettest winters:
|Country||Year||Rainfall||Winter 2014 to date*|
*These are provisional figures from 1 December 2013 to 19 February 2014 and could change after final quality control checks on data.