Northern Ireland has wettest July on record

Northern Ireland has had its wettest July on record, with figures going back to 1836, according to the Met Office. (Barra Best and Cecilia Daly for the BBC)

Provisional figures show more than double the normal amount of rain fell during the month, with 185.4mm recorded.

The previous record was 185.2mm, set back in July 1936.

It will come as no great surprise to hear that July 2023 was wet, and exceptionally wet, in parts of Northern Ireland.

Rainfall records were also broken at individual weather stations, including at Castlederg, in County Tyrone, which recorded about two and a half times its normal amount of rainfall for the month.

A lot of that fell when heavy and persistent rain caused flooding in the County Tyrone town, as well as parts of County Donegal, in the Republic of Ireland, on 23 July.

Seven other stations also recorded their wettest July on record in all six counties.

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