2014 was the fourth wettest year for Bury in 25 years

Heavy rain in February caused flooding in many places around Bury ENGANL00520140702124144
Heavy rain in February caused flooding in many places around Bury ENGANL00520140702124144
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For Bury St Edmunds 2014 was the fourth wettest year in the past quarter of a century.

Bury weather recorder Alan Messem recorded 781mm falling over the year, which is 180mm above the 1961-1990 regional average, from 183 days with more than 1mm of rain.

That was beaten by 2000 with 818mm, 2001 with 851mm and 2012 with 796mm, though all those years had fewer wet days. The driest year in the past 25 was 1996 with 479mm.

Yet according to the Met Office, this year has been the warmest on record for East Anglia. Though no month made it into the record books, the constant high temperatures has given the year an average of 11.5 C which is 0.3 degrees above the previous record and 1.2 degrees above average.

But at the year ended ‘average’. Alan recorded 55.1mm of rain in December, which is one per cent below average.

In fact, only 7.5mm of rain fell in the two weeks up to December 11, when there were some sharp showers and another 10mm fell in the evening.

Another 8.5mm fell on the 16th then hardly any was recorded up to Christmas, though 11mm fell on Boxing Day evening with 7mm more overnight.