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Summer rainfall fails to beat the 100-year-old Westcountry record

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 31, 2012

The twister pictured over Clevedon

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Devon and Cornwall have suffered their second wettest summer in 100 years with nearly a foot-and-a-half of rain in three months.

Provisional figures from the Met Office showed that 441.1mm (17.4in) of rain fell in Devon in June, July and August – the second highest total since 1912.

Although Cornwall's total of 428mm (16.8in) was slightly lower, it was also the wettest for a century. Met Office records go back to 1910.

The totals were, however, some way short of the all-time records for Devon and Cornwall of 516.5mm (20.3in) and 564.5mm (22.2in) respectively in 1912.

The unsettled weather has even generated twisters over the South West. One was spotted by hundreds of people as it ripped up the Severn Estuary earlier this week.

"Unsettled weather has never been far from the UK during the past three months," a spokesman for the Met Office said. "This summer has seen periods of heavy and prolonged rain, as well as short but exceptionally heavy thundery downpours and only brief warm sunny spells."

Heavy rain led to flooding in some areas and has played havoc with the region's events calendar, with the racing at Newton Abbot tomorrow being the latest casualty.

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  • PALAKE1  |  May 27 2014, 8:55AM

    Did you receive any images of this weekends tornado over North Devon?