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Scotland endures 'wettest ever' year

Posted 30 December 2011
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Scotland endures 'wettest ever' year
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New data has indicated 2011 was a very good year for walkers to be packing waterproofs in their backpacks when heading outdoors in Scotland.

Met Office data for 2011 has revealed this was Scotland's wettest year on record, with 1,859.5 mm of rain falling - beating the previous high set in 1990.

The situation was in contrast with some parts of England, as East Anglia endured its second driest year ever and the East Midlands its third driest.

And while winter jackets may be very useful at present, the year as a whole across the UK was the second warmest ever.

However, the data may indicate Britain is seeing more volatile and uncertain weather, as last year was the 12th coldest on record, with the chilliest December ever.

While the science behind climate change has been fiercely debated by many, the Department for Energy and Climate Change has noted average worldwide temperatures are now 0.75 per cent warmer than in 1900 and 0.4 per cent up on the 1970s.