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UK Weather: June Officially The Wettest On Record (PICTURES)

02/07/2012 17:18 BST

April may be the cruellest month but June is almost certainly the wettest.

According to the Met Office, the past month was the officially the most rain-soaked of its kind in at least a century.

Provisional figures showed the UK received 145.3mm (5.7 inches) during June, beating the previous record of 136.2mm (5.4 inches) seen in June 2007.

It is the second month this year to see record-breaking amounts of rain, after this April became the wettest in the records dating back more than a century to 1910.

wales flooding

Some had to resort to desperate measures to get around...

June saw long, prolonged rainfall and short but exceptionally heavy showers, and ended with freak storms which battered areas of the Midlands and the North East.

The exceptional amount of rain caused floods in Wales and parts of England.

Marked by extensive flooding across the North East and Wales, this past month's weather has caused havoc across the UK.

Only last week, 76mm of rain falling across the North West and more than 50mm of rainfall in the North East, South West and Wales.

yorkshire flooding

Parts of Yorkshire were affected heavily by flooding

Earlier in the month, floods hit the North East, with Newcastle struck by a sudden storm, after Wales was ravaged by flooding which saw hundreds of citizens evacuated from towns and caravan parks.

Towards the end of the month, firefighters were forced to rescue people from cars trapped by flash flooding in the Yorkshire Dales; an 80-year-old pensioner was hospitalised with serious injuries following a collision in heavy rain in the Scottish Borders; people were rescued by boat from their flooded homes in Wigan; roads were closed because of a high risk of a landslip in Argyll and Bute; and widespread travel chaos saw rail services cancelled.

In the northern counties and Scotland, some 11,000 homes and businesses were protected by flood defences.