Record 435mm of rain fell from December to February

A spokesman for the Met Office says it has been the wettest winter on record across England and Wales - where the precipitation records date back to 1766.

Some 435mm (17.1 inches) of rain fell from December 1 to February 24, beating the previous highest total of 423mm (16.6 inches) set in 1915.

Provisional rainfall figures show that the UK as a whole has had its wettest winter since records began in 1910.

Some 517.6mm (20.3 inches) of rain fell this winter, the previous highest total was 485.1mm (19.1 inches), set in 1995.

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Wettest winter in 250 years

England and Wales endured the wettest winter in almost 250 years, according to new analysis from the Met Office. 435mm (17.1 inches) of rain fell from December to February, beating the previous record of 423mm (16.6 inches) set in 1915.