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U.K. Rainfall Above-Average in September, Ireland Mixed

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. rainfall was “slightly” higher than average in September, while Ireland’s precipitation totals were mixed, the countries’ national weather forecasters said.

The U.K. had 96.3 millimeters (3.8 inches) of rain up to Sept. 26, representing 100 percent of average precipitation for the month of September from 1981 to 2010, the Met Office said today in a report on its website. About 87 percent of the monthly total should have fallen by that date, according to the report. Areas of northern England had more than a month’s worth of rain during two days of storms through Sept. 25, the Met Office said last week.

“The latter part of September saw some exceptional rainfall in parts of the U.K., which caused disruption and flooding at times,” according to the statement. Still, the month is “set to be slightly wetter than average, but by no means a record-breaker.”

Temperatures to Sept. 26 averaged 12.2 degrees Celsius (54 degrees Fahrenheit), about 0.5 degree cooler than the monthly average, the Met Office said. The country registered about 126 hours of sunshine, representing about 101 percent of the monthly average for September.

In Ireland, rainfall during September was above average in northern parts of the country, as well as areas of the west, east and midlands, while below-average totals were registered in the south, national weather forecaster Met Eireann said in a separate report.

Areas of Dublin had as much as 149 percent of the normal amount of rain in September, while southern regions had as little as 15 percent of the average monthly total, Met Eireann said. Temperatures during the month were below average across the country.

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