UK rainfall was 110% of average but some places, especially Devon, the Midlands and some eastern coastal counties, had over twice the normal amount. In contrast Cumbria and north-west Scotland were much drier than average.
England as a whole saw 160% of average rainfall making it the joint 7th wettest March since 1910. In Wales, rainfall was 130% of average. It was a very wet month in the east and south, but parts of the north-west were slightly drier than average.
Sunshine was 75% of average overall in England and 85% for Wales.
Within Europe, others suffered similarly. Spain had 163 mm of rainfall – more than three times the long-term average - making it one of the wettest months of March on record. In France, Mediterranean regions saw two to four times more rain than average.
March 2018 might have come in like a beast but it sailed out on soggy and flooded fields. Fodder shortages, concerns about the knock-on effects on this year's breeding flock, delays to spring drilling and some unhappy winter crops mean this has turned into a very difficult and late spring for UK farmers. The Met Office's outlook for the second half of April looks like it might offer some respite with talk of more settled, dry and probably sunny weather and some warmth.