It should have been the height of summer, but was notable only for its low temperatures.
The UK has just endured its coldest August for 17 years, which was marked, say forecasters, by a complete absence of 'hot days'.
The month also saw the lowest single-day August temperature for 23 years, with it falling to 55f (12.8c) in Edgbaston, Birmingham, last Thursday.
And several 'notably' cold nights were recorded last week
An exceptionally cloudy period in the South East of England put something of a dampener on the holiday period as heavy rain fell across large swathes of the country
The prolonged poor weather has been blamed on a band of low pressure being pushed across the country by the jet stream - the fast-flowing air currents in the upper atmosphere that move weather systems across the northern hemisphere - which was further north during the extended sunny spells of June and July.
It meant that by the end of August there had not been a single day when the mercury rose above 81f ( 27c), forecasters said.
England and Wales enjoyed just 148 hours of sunshine last month - 25 per cent less than average - and 5cm more rain than usual.
Weather consultant Philip Eden, of MeteoGroup, said average temperatures for the month had been at their lowest since 1993. But he added that the soaring temperatures enjoyed in previous years had raised people' s expectations.
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