It's official! Wet summer is one of the worst ever
SHOCK horror! This "summer" has been one of the biggest washouts in Wales on record.
Provisional Met Office figures show June, July and August were the third wettest since national records began in 1910.
Across Wales an average of 47cm of rain fell in that time.
If you like your cup half full (of rain), spare a thought for the Welsh folk of 1912, when 54cm of rain fell. In 1927, the country was inundated by an average of just under 50cm.
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The year 1912 was also the wettest across the UK as a whole, with 2012 poised to be second on the list.
And, cast your minds a little further back — April to June this year was the wettest ever in the UK, although it followed a long spell of extremely dry weather which triggered extensive hosepipe bans.
Across South West Wales this summer, numerous outdoor events have been called off, with hundreds of properties flooded on the west coast.
Tawe Festival organisers had to pull the plug on Monday's Welsh Battle Proms in Singleton Park due to the monsoon-like conditions.
Event spokesman Paul King said safety had been the principal concern.
"It is very disappointing, I know many people had been looking forward to the concert," he said. "The weekend, which included concerts by Status Quo and Steps, had been a huge success so far."
The summer of 2012 is also set to be one of the dullest summers on record, with 399 hours of sunshine up to August 28 — and didn't we feel it!
To complete the disappointing picture, it has also been a relatively cool summer with a mean temperature of 14 degrees C, some 0.4 degrees C below the long-term average. Unsettled weather has never been far from the UK during the past three months.
Movements in the track of the jet stream, a narrow band of fast- flowing westerly winds high in the atmosphere, have contributed to the weather we have seen.
So, what does the weekend hold in store? Cloudy but dry conditions are expected in Swansea, with 20 degrees C likely on Sunday.