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The second-wettest autumn on record

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DECEMBER has got off to a largely dry start after an autumn that officially ranked as Jersey’s second-wettest on record.

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The combined total of rainfall for September, October and November was 471.2mm, just 4.8mm short of the 1929 figure.

The Island had exactly 200mm of rain during November, almost double the 30-year average of 106mm, making it the eighth-wettest November on record. It was, however, well short of the 266mm record set in 1910.

Jersey Met forecaster Rob Plummer said there had only been four days without any rain during November, which also saw eight ‘properly wet’ days when at least 10mm of rain was recorded.

‘It looked as if there would be rain during the second half of Saturday to take us above the autumn record,’ he said. ‘There was some wet weather around, and it got pretty gloomy during the afternoon, but it never quite reached us.

‘The start of this week has been delightful compared with what we’ve had recently – the winds are easing and we don’t expect any rain until at least Thursday night.’

Met Office figures showed that the average autumn temperature in Jersey was 13.3°C, which exactly matched the average figure for the past 30 years.

There were 395 hours of sunshine during autumn, just short of the average 30-year total of 402 hours.

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