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Third wettest year on record

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LAST year began with warnings of a hosepipe ban - but seemingly endless rain from April eventually made it one of the wettest on record, according to new Jersey Met Office figures

Although forecasters last week said that the rainfall totals for the year were only average, the full figures released today(THUR) show that a total of 1081.5mm of rain fell in 2012 - the third highest figure since records began in 1894.

It was beaten only by the thoroughly miserable years of 1930, which recorded 1,095.6mm, and 1960, which saw a total of 1,107.8mm.

The figures also confirmed that Jersey's famously high sunshine levels had a bad year too, with just 2,181.1 hours of sun being measured at Fort Regent, below the average of 2,209.7 hours.

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