Both August and September were cooler than average, which bucked the trend of the rest of the year. Last month was also much wetter than we have become used to recently.
Wednesday night saw the wettest and windiest conditions. Gusts of 76mph were recorded at Fylingdales on the North York Moors and 1.4in (35mm) of rain swept across Lake Vyrnwy in Powys by dawn on Thursday.
This unsettled theme is likely to continue through the weekend and the coming week or two, with bands of rain alternating with sunny days and occasional windy spells. To compare with the last wet September, in 2008, that year saw the coldest autumn in the UK since 1993, with some notable snow which fell even in the capital as early as October 28. The autumn of 2008 was the dullest for seven years.