Published: 19/06/2017 09:14 - Updated: 19/06/2017 09:27

Wick endures wettest June in over a century

The scene at Fairies’ Hill on Wick river after heavy rain on June 6 and 7. Picture: David G Scott
The scene at Fairies’ Hill on Wick river after heavy rain on June 6 and 7. Picture: David G Scott

WICK is experiencing its wettest June since at least 1910.

According to local weather watcher Keith Banks, the rainfall total up to 10am on Sunday was a staggering 106.8mm (4.20 inches).

This amount is 200 per cent of the long-term average one would expect for the town for the first month of summer.

The 1981-2010 long-term average rainfall amount for Wick in June is 53.4mm (2.10 inches).

Mr Banks said: "Until the hour ending 7pm on Fiday evening, Wick's wettest June was that of 1966. The total by the end of that month was 106.5mm (4.19 inches)."

Saturday was a very warm day in areas exposed to the moist south-westerly air stream that had sourced an air mass with subtropical characteristics from the region of the Azores.

In Wick, the temperature during the middle part of the afternoon peaked at 21.9C (71.4F). This proved to be the town's hottest day for any June since 2011.

The average daytime maximum air temperature for Wick in June is 14C (57F).

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