Though 2013 ended with a wetter than average December, it was one of the driest years since 1992.
Bury St Edmunds weather recorder Alan Messem recorded only 4mm of rain in the first two weeks of December but all that ended at 9am on the 16th when 18.9mm fell in 24 hours, making it the wettest December day since 2002.
By the month’s end 58.7mm had fallen in 11 wet days, which was five per cent more than the regional average.
Over the whole year Alan only recorded 575mm over 103 days with more than 1mm of rain and says that makes it the seventh driest year since 1992.
It was one of only five years since 1992 with no snow in November and December.