Weatherwatch: soggy end to June across the UK and Ireland

Parts of north-west England had three times more rainfall than usual and heavy downpours caused landslides in Ireland

There was plenty of heavy rain across the UK and Ireland at the end of June, with parts of north-west England receiving around three times more rainfall than the seasonal average.

Northern areas of Ireland also had high rainfall totals, especially towards the end of the month. Days of heavy rain from 26 to 28 June, preceded by drier conditions earlier in the summer, led to multiple landslides as tonnes of peat slid down the Shass mountain in the county of Leitrim.

Storm Päviö, on 30 June, brought heavy rain and thunderstorms across Finland, causing power outages to more than 60,000 homes as power lines were torn down by gusts of up to 60mph.

Storms of this severity can be particularly detrimental at this time of year as the expanse of leaves on trees can act as a sail, increasing the likelihood of fallen trees compared with a similar storm in the winter months.

Across the other side of the world, a rapidly developing extratropical cyclone brought extreme conditions to southern parts of Brazil. The storm took at least 10 lives, as well as affecting around 1 million people. Winds of up to 68mph were recorded and caused significant damage, including ripping roofs from houses.

Azure Prior

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