May flowers after April showers?

The Don at Kintore: The river burst its banks which led to road closures last Thursday. Picture: Susann Brown
The Don at Kintore: The river burst its banks which led to road closures last Thursday. Picture: Susann Brown
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It is no surprise that figures released by the Met Office indicate that April has been the wettest in the UK since official records began in 1910.

The Met Office report that throughout the month the UK saw 121.8 mm of rain which they say is significantly more than the 69.6mm normally expected for April, and beating the previous record of 120.3 mm set in 2000. Locally, Aberdeenshire experienced more than double the amount of rainfall that is usual, and last week rivers and watercourses rose dangerously high and flood warnings were issued.

The Don bursting the banks: A bench on the river bank is almost submerged after the recent torrential rains. Picture: pauldouglaspictures.com

The Don bursting the banks: A bench on the river bank is almost submerged after the recent torrential rains. Picture: pauldouglaspictures.com

The persistent downpours caused the B977 to flood on low lying stretches between Kintore and Hatton of Fintray last week, and the road was closed until water subsided.

The wet weather has also played havoc with sporting fixtures - football matches have been postponed and there has been a delay to the start of the new cricket season. Equestrian fixtures were cancelled locally and even the famous international horse trials at Badminton have been cancelled due to the conditions.

Met Office sources also notes that April was “in stark contrast to March”, which they say was the fifth driest on record for the UK with 36.4mm of rain compared to the average of 95.9 mm. April was also cooler on average than March, which is the first time this has happened since 1998.

The long range forecast reports that May will have above average temperatures, with rainfall close to average, but some areas, they say, will be “significantly wetter”.