January has been the wettest on record for many parts of the country according to official records. My rain gauge in Theydon Bois totalled 6.62 inches, which I think makes it the wettest of any month for very many years in this area. Usually a very wet month reaches about 4 to 5 inches. My figure seems fairly typical for southern counties, although a higher one might well have been recorded in Loughton.
Tony Devereux, Blackacre Road, Theydon Bois