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Year one of the wettest ever
3:00pm Saturday 5th January 2013 in News
THE year 2012 was one of the wettest years on record in Malvern.
Weeks of torrential downpours over the summer and the run-up to Christmas saw more than a metre of rain fall in Malvern over the last 12 months for only the fifth time since records began in 1889.
The other very wet years were 1912, 1924, 1960 and 2000, with the wettest being 1924 when 1,083mm of rain fell.
In 2012 Malvern weather expert Frank Hill measured total rainfall of 1,026mm in Malvern Link, compared to a normal yearly figure of just 760mm.
Rainfall exceeded 100mm in five months, April, June, July, November and December, with April the wettest month with 181mm.
Mr Hill said 2012 was also a slightly cooler than average year and the sixth in a row where temperatures failed to reach 30C – the hottest day coming on June 28 when the gauges reached 28.6C.
Mr Hill also had some words of encouragement for anyone sick of the constant grey skies and wet weather.
“As a pointer to the future, very wet years are usually followed by a return to nearnormal rainfall but with one or two quite dry and warm summer months,” he said.