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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 August 2007, 11:06 GMT 12:06 UK
England suffers record wet July
Flooded out allotments in Osney, Oxford
Thousands of properties were flooded in July's rains
England has suffered its wettest July on record, according to provisional statistics from the Met Office.

Some 129mm (5.07in) of rain fell up to 29 July, beating the previous record of 126.5mm (4.98in) set in 1936.

The average rainfall across the UK was 135.7mm (5.34in) - 95% higher than the long-term average of 69.6mm (2.74in) - making it the second wettest on record.

July saw widespread flooding in central and southern England, with thousands of homes flooded across several counties.

The Met Office said its preliminary figures were unlikely to change much because the last few days in July had seen predominantly dry, settled weather.

Wales saw its second wettest July on record with 208.4mm (8.20in); Northern Ireland experienced its 15th wettest on record with 123.3mm (4.85mm), and Scotland its 18th wettest with 130.1mm (5.12in), according to figures.

The early summer was the wettest in England and Wales since records began more than 240 years ago, the Met Office confirmed last week.

Figures covering three months up to 23 July showed more than 387mm (15.2in) of rain fell.

That is more than double the average of 186mm (7.3in) for the period and resulted in two bouts of devastating floods in parts of England in June and July.

Graph of rainfall since July 2004


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