Wettest March in 175 years

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Previous record of 1988 was broken on Saturday afternoon’s downpour

31 March 2008

BELGIUM - The past month has been the wettest March since records began in 1833. The previous March precipitation record of 138.1 mm of rain per m² was broken on Saturday afternoon.

The record had stood since 1988.

By Saturday afternoon, a total of 138.2 mm of rain per m² had fallen on the Royal Meteorological Institute's (RMI) weather centre in the Brussels municipality of Ukkel since the beginning of the month.

More rain has fallen since and the outlook for Sunday evening and Monday is equally wet, so the final rainfall tally for March will be even higher.

54 mm per m² of rain falls during an average March.

The driest March on record was in 1993 when just 4.2 mm of rain per m²  fell at the RMI's weather centre.

March has also been a particularly sombre Month with just 63 hours of sunlight being recorded compared to an average of 120 hours.


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