It’s been a wet, wet, wet November

A resident of Pytchley checks on  flooding in the village on Wednesday
A resident of Pytchley checks on flooding in the village on Wednesday
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With more wet and windy weather expected this weekend, the county looks like its heading for the wettest November since 2009.

So far this month Northamptonshire has seen 78.2mm of rain, with 40.6mm of it falling in the past three days, causing problems in Kettering, Corby and surrounding villages.

A spokesman for Pitsford Hall Weather Centre said: “The weather in the county this time last year couldn’t be more different to what it is now.

“As we approached the end of November in 2011, the county had only stacked up 352.1mm of rain, 58.6 per cent of the average, causing serious concern about diminishing water reserves.

“The situation did not improve as we moved into the new year and the months of January, February and March all came in with below average rainfall. In fact only 17.2mm and 17.8mm were recorded in February and March – less than half of the expected monthly totals.”

Now, after six months of above average rainfall this year, the county record stands at 749mm, 113.7 per cent of the average.

In June a hosepipe ban was introduced but it turned out to be the wettest month, with 123.9mm of rain recorded in Northamptonshire, representing 231.2 per cent of the average.

The weather centre spokesman said: “Overall, this has already been the wettest year in the county since 2007.”