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Wettest August to exit with thunderous finale of heavy rain

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WETTEST AUGUST SINCE 1992 and GREYEST AUGUST ON RECORD to exit with thunderous finale of heavy rain. Britain's woeful summer that never was will come to an end with thunderstorms and heavy rain. "There could be half a month's worth of rainfall in a couple of hours." The poor summer weather has been largely due to the position of the jet stream this year - the ribbon of fast moving air in the atmosphere which brings in weather systems from the Atlantic. This is in a more southerly position than usual, putting Britain in the firing line for weather fronts which usually come in over northern Scotland and Iceland. The UK has had just 96.3 hours of sunshine in the in the first 26 days of the month, 40 per cent below the August average of 165.1 hours.

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