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Coolest summer in nearly 20 years.

Summary: This summer is on track to be the UK's coolest in nearly 20 years, according to the Met Office.

This summer is on track to be the UK's coolest in nearly 20 years, according to the Met Office.

Provisional figures for June 1 to August 29 show that the mean temperature for summer 2011 has been 13.63C, close to 1993's 13.39C.

While the summer has been wetter than last year's, it has been considerably drier than 2007, 2008 and 2009, the forecaster said.

The country has seen 267.7mm of rainfall so far, compared with 2009's 323mm.

The amount of sunshine in August has been about three-quarters of "what you would normally expect", according to a Met Office spokeswoman.

"It has been a changeable summer. We have had some very hot spells such as back in June with temperatures reaching 33C.

"But equally we have seen much cooler and wetter spells."

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