Monday 2 July 2012, 15:42
UPDATE at 5PM
According to the Met Office, averaged across the UK, June 2012 has been the wettest since records began in 1910, the coolest since 1991, and the second dullest since records began (record for lowest sunshine in June is still 1987).
It will come as no surprise that June in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire has turned out to be one of the wettest on record - in fact second only to the incredibly wet June of 2007 which saw some of the worst widespread summer flooding that the region has ever seen, with Sheffield and Hull hit particularly hard.
Bingley, in the Pennine hills of West Yorkshire has recorded 212.8mm this month, compared with the average which is 70mm. But this is quite a bit short of the 283mm which was recorded in June 2007.
Sheffield is also well short of what was recorded in 2007, when 286mm (463% of average) fell; not only was June 2007 the wettest June on record in the city, but their wettest month ever in 125 years of records.
It's also been the second wettest June in Lincolnshire. Coningsby recorded 141mm in the month, compared with their average of 50mm.
The reason for the on-going poor weather has been the unusual positioning of the jet stream, which continues to be too far south than normal.
This point is graphically illustrated by the fact that June has been in the top 3 most cyclonic (low pressure) Junes in 140 years of records.
And there's still a chance that when official Met Office statistics are published later today or tomorrow, that averaged across the UK as a whole, June 2012 has been the wettest on record.
It's also been cold - with June the coolest since 1991 - and one of the dullest on record too.
Of course June has just seen a continuation of the cool and wet weather which began at the end of March.
At Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire, for example, April, May & June combined have been the wettest on record (data back to 1939), with the wet spell only punctuated by one spell of fine warm weather towards the end of May.
And for those of us desperate for a change to more settled weather, there is little to suggest an improvement anytime soon.
Current indications are that low pressure will dominate our weather until at least the middle of July, if not beyond.
This means that one or two fine days are possible, in an overall unsettled and at times wet picture.
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