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No hot days in wet month of August

This month brought the coldest temperature recorded in August for 23 years - and a complete absence of "hot days".

An exceptionally cloudy few weeks in the south east of England put something of a dampener on the holiday period as heavy rain fell across large swathes of the country.

And while several "notably" cold nights were recorded last week, by the end of the month forecasters said there had not been a single day when the mercury rose above 27C.

Weather consultant Philip Eden said average temperatures this August had been at their lowest since 1993.

But he added: "This is more a reflection of the warmth of recent Augusts rather than anything exceptional.

"During the last 100 years, 30 Augusts were cooler, 63 were warmer, and seven had the same overall mean temperature."

Statistics released by MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, showed the lowest temperature recorded this month was in Edgbaston, Birmingham, where the mercury dropped to 12.8C.

It has not plummeted to such levels since 1987.

Conditions were notably bad towards the latter part of the month when there was widespread wet weather in the southern regions.

Data showed rainfall in England and Wales was almost one and a half times the average amount, at 106.2mm. In the last 100 years, only 22 Augusts have been wetter.

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