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August rain record 'wettest ever'

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The rainfall figures for Dumfries and Galloway are the wettest ever recorded

Official rainfall figures have confirmed that south west Scotland has just had its wettest August on record.

Statistics recorded at the Met Office's Eskdalemuir observatory in Dumfries and Galloway also show it was the third wettest month ever.

Assistant manager Billy Jagger said one day alone - 20 August - saw 83mm (3.25in) of rainfall.

He said the total for the month had been 373mm (15in) - about three times the average for August in the region.

"It has been quite bad," said Mr Jagger. "It is the wettest August ever recorded."

He added that it was close to beating the Dumfries and Galloway record for monthly rainfall.

"The wettest month ever recorded is February 1997 with 400mm which is 16 inches," said Mr Jagger.

"And in January 1928 we had 390mm (15.5 in) so it's not that far behind the all-time record."

Animal risk

The rain has had an impact on many people - none more so than the region's farmers.

Robin Spence at Roberthill, near Lockerbie, has had to save animals from drowning twice in the past month.

"We had a situation 10 days ago where we were swimming cattle out from next to the River Annan because of flooding," he said.

"We have never seen that degree of flooding in August before.

"Two or three days later we were doing the same again."

He said that as well as the risk to animals, the rain had also flattened crops.

"We are just in harvest season just now and the crops that are still to cut are getting very much damaged by the wind and rain.

"And, of course, the bad weather has meant that the harvest is way behind."

Early prospects for September do not appear much better.

The Met Office is advising of a risk of more heavy rain in the region on Wednesday into Thursday with up to 50mm (2in) possible in places.

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