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Winter of 2015/2016 wettest on record in Scotland

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This winter was the wettest recorded in Scotland since records began in 1910.

Met Office statistics show that an average of 760mm (2.5ft) of rain fell across the country in December, January and February.

This resulted in a spate of floods which inundated homes and caused chaos on the roads and railways.

December was the wettest month recorded while January and February saw much higher rainfalls than normal. Argyll was the wettest area.

It had 1,055.7mm (3.5ft) of rain over the three months.

'Remarkable winter'

"It's been a truly remarkable winter in Scotland," said a Met Office spokeswoman.

"Winter was the second-wettest across the UK as a whole and it turned out to be the warmest on record for England and Wales.

"But Scotland endured the worst rain it has ever seen - and these records go back to 1910."

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Image caption Part of the road linking Ballater to Braemar fell into the water near Crathie, Aberdeenshire, during this winter's floods

Scotland's two wettest winters have happened in the last three years. The rainfall total of 756mm (2.5ft) for 2015/16 exceeded the previous record for winter 2013 /14 of 744mm (2ft).

More than 100 homes were evacuated in Hawick, Roxburghshire, on 5 December as torrential rain swept in ahead of Storm Desmond.

Tayside and Perthshire also endured flooding events, with the River Tay peaking at levels not seen for a decade.

'No respite'

In the new year, Storm Frank resulted in bridge pillars on the West Coast Rail Line being almost washed away. The damage took almost two months to repair.

February's rainfall total of 147.2mm (6in) was 13% up on normal. January's figure of 257.5mm (10in) showed a rise of 45% of the average for the month while December's 351.4mm (14in) was more than double the amount usually experienced that month.

Image caption Ellon in Aberdeenshire was among the worst affected areas

The Met Office spokeswoman added: "While the three-month period was remarkable for its rainfall, it must be remembered that it followed on from a very wet November as well.

"Winter also brought less sunshine in each of the three months we call winter. In January, Scotland got just 63% of the sunshine hours it would normally expect."

The coldest temperature of winter was Minus 14.1 Celsius (6.6F) recorded at Braemar, Aberdeenshire, on the morning of 14 February.

There is also a risk of snow and wintry conditions at Easter.

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