Provisional Met Office statistics show that summer 2013 was the fifth warmest summer in the South West since 1910 (the warmest being 1989). It was also the warmest, driest and sunniest summer nationally since 2006.
South West Tourism boss Malcolm Bell wants the Met Office to stop providing weather forecasts beyond five days:
A group of school children in Somerset has been learning about flooding - which most of them have first-hand experience of.
Their school is on the Somerset Levels, an area which experienced more than its fair share of flooding last year.
They have been helped with their project by the Met Office.
Children at North Curry Primary School have finished a unique project with the Met Office, looking at why the Somerset Levels flood.
The pupils experience these conditions first-hand in a regular basis, particularly with the last few years of extremely wet weather.
The school won a grant to set up their own weather station, which the children monitor daily.
The Met Office has issued an amber warning for the region, with the likelihood of more snow.
Bob Crampton has the latest forecast.
Helen Chivers from the Met Office describes some of the weather conditions affecting the region and how rare they are for this time of year:
Yellow Warning of Rain for South West England : Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth, Bristol, Dorset, Glou... http://t.co/PDqRCFEI
The Met Office has a weather warning in place until midnight for more heavy rain, with the risk of localised flooding and falling trees/branches. This evening the worst of the rain will clear but it won't be long before another pulse of heavy rain moves in. Gale force winds will ease slightly.