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Are we in for one of the wettest starts to a summer in decades?

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THIS June is shaping up to be one of the wettest in decades, according to figures from Jersey Met.

PICTURE: JERSEY MET TWITTER (24984114)

Between the start of the month and lunchtime on Tuesday, the Island had recorded 77.8mm of rain – well above the average of 48.2mm for the whole of June.

The seemingly relentless downpours have made it the wettest first 17 days of June since 1993.

It is in stark contrast to the same period last year – the start of what would turn out to be a hot and dry summer – where just 41mm was recorded during the whole month.

And it is in another world compared to Jersey’s driest ever summer – 1976 – when just 9.8mm of rain fell between the first day of June and the last day of August.

Jersey Met forecaster Rob Plummer said that the poor weather was due to the positioning of the jet stream – a high-level band of winds which moves areas of low pressure across the Atlantic.

‘Sometimes we get lucky and the jet moves north, giving us weather more akin to the Mediterranean, and sometimes it goes south, giving us weather more akin to Scotland.’

Further rain was forecast for today, before the weather improves later in the week.

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