UK summer a washout

2012-08-30 22:38

London - This year's summer in Britain was officially declared a washout on Thursday as records showed it to be the wettest for 100 years.

The summer of 2012, during which Britain staged the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and celebrated the 60th throne anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II, was hailed in officially-sponsored advertising campaigns as a "summer like no other".

But the Diamond Jubilee in June, which was marked with a massive flotilla gliding down the Thames in London, proved a complete washout, although the recent Olympic Games escaped the worst of the weather.

Temperatures have become cooler again, and showers more frequent, for the Paralympic Games which kicked off on Thursday.

Data released by MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, showed that 362mm of rain fell in June, July and August so far, making it the wettest summer since 1912 - and the fourth wettest since records began in 1727.

The figures relate to England and Wales. Scotland, in the north of Britain, publishes its own weather records independently.