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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.

Wettest winter in almost 250 years, says Met Office

England and Wales endured the wettest winter in almost 250 years, according to new analysis from the Met Office.

Figures released last week showed the greatest overall rainfall across the UK since 1910, with 468.8mm of rain recorded.

Heavy rain expected to hit the UK this weekend

Heavy rain is forecast across the UK this weekend. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Heavy showers are expected to strike most parts of the UK today, mainly in northern and western parts, but clear spells are also forecast.

The south-east of England may escape rain and remain clear and dry.

Temperatures are expected to be cold and windy.

On Sunday, early rain in north-east Scotland will ease to leave a day of sunshine and showers across the UK.

The showers will be mostly in western parts, these then giving way to more persistent rain in the south-west later - becoming less windy through the day.

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