Water lot of rain - expert reflects on wet 2012 in Boston

Looking back: A flash flood in Fishtoft in April
Looking back: A flash flood in Fishtoft in April

The figures are in, the facts have been collated and it is now official – 2012 was one of the wettest years since the start of the second world war.

All those days of stepping out of the door with a pair of wellies on and the umberella up yet again added up to make last year the third wettest in more than 70 years, according to weather supremo Albert Kirkham.

Boston. Sunday 03 June 2012.'Carrington Rally 2012. Very Wet, Heavy Rain stops crowds.

Boston. Sunday 03 June 2012.'Carrington Rally 2012. Very Wet, Heavy Rain stops crowds.

He recorded a total rainfall of 31.8 inches, against an average of 23.86 inches – and that was after a year which began with fears of continuing drought across the county.

In March, the Environment Agency announced it was imposing a hosepipe ban in Lincolnshire following almost 18 months of dry weather. Ironically, the third day of that month saw the greatest amount of rainfall of the whole year, with 1.31 inches.

Overall there were 223 days of rain and 10 days of snow or sleet – meaning puddles galore.

Mr Kirkham told The Standard: “In absolute contrast to the exceptional dryness of 2011, this year is the town’s third wettest since 1939.”

1960 holds the record for the wettest year, with 34.09 inches of rain, with second place occupid by 1965, which saw 31.11 inches.

December offered no respite from the wet weather, with twice the normal amount of rainfall, despite the mild weather for the time of year.

The month had more bright sunshine than normal, with 55.9 hours, though there were 12 days with no sunshine whatsoever.

The mean maximum temperature was 7.2C, and the minimum was 1.2C. Both are colder than average.

Over the whole year, however, the temperature hit the average exactly, with a mean maximum temperature of 13.9C and a minimum of 6.1C.

There were six days which saw the mercury pass 26.7C, and 56 when we saw temperatures of 21.1C or more.

The sunniest day of the year was May 26, when the town was bathed in rays for 14.4 hours.