What is the average yearly rainfall in the UK?

2020 recorded an average of 1,308 millimeters, the largest amount since 2015. Precipitation peaked at the turn of century, with an average of 1,372 millimeters of rainfall….Annual amount of rainfall in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1995 to 2020 (in millimeters)

Characteristic Rainfall in millimeters

What was the wettest year in the UK?

The wettest May on record was in 1967, when 131.7mm of rain fell across the month. There have been five Mays since 2000 in which rainfall exceeded 100mm, with 2007 recording 114.2mm.

What is the highest rainfall recorded in the UK?


Duration Amount Date
Highest 24-hour total (UK national average) 31.7 mm (1.25 in) 3 October 2020
Highest 48-hour total (0900-0900) 405 mm (15.9 in) 4 to 5 December 2015
Highest 72-hour total (0900-0900) 456.4 mm (17.97 in) 17 to 19 November 2009
Highest 96-hour total (0900-0900) 495 mm (19.5 in) 16 to 19 November 2009

Has UK rainfall increased?

Are we experiencing more heavy rainfall and flooding events? Several indicators in the latest UK State of the Climate report show that the UK’s climate is becoming wetter. For example the highest rainfall totals over a five day period are 4% higher during the most recent decade (2008-2017) compared to 1961-1990.

Is Britain getting wetter?

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – Recent decades in Britain have been warmer, wetter and sunnier than in the last century, with last year the third warmest on record, a report by climate scientists said on Thursday. “No other year has fallen in the top-10 for all three variables for the UK,” the report said.

Is this the wettest year in history?

The 12 months ending in April 2019 were the wettest year-long period in U.S. records going back to 1895, according to the monthly U.S. climate summary issued Wednesday by the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. The old record for any 12-month period was 35.78”, from April 2015 to March 2016.

Where is the wettest place in the UK?

Cardiff, the capital of Wales, has won the top spot for being the wettest city in the UK, with an average monthly rainfall of 96mm, and the average number of wet days per month standing at 12.4. Cardiff’s high ranking total equates to more than one quarter of Wales’ city’s year being shrouded in rain.

How many days did it rain in the UK in 2021?

Total number of monthly rain days in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2015 to 2021

Characteristic Number of days
Mar 2021 11.1
Feb 2021 13.3
Jan 2021 17.5
Dec 2020 20.8

Where in the UK has the most sunshine?

Where to go in the UK for the Most Hours of Sunshine

  1. Bognor Regis, 1902 Hours of Sunshine per year.
  2. Eastbourne, 1888 Hours of Sunshine.
  3. Hastings, 1871 Hours of Sunshine.
  4. Isle of Wight, 1860 Hours of Sunshine.
  5. Bristol, 1671 Hours of Sunshine.

Has the UK ever had a drought?

Hydrological droughts A significant hydrological drought occurred in the United Kingdom between 1995 and 1998, when the warm, dry summers were followed by dry, cool winters.

How is the average rainfall in the UK calculated?

Average rainfall in the UK was calculated by aggregating regional rainfall data and weighted based on each regions share of hydro-electricity generating capacity. Prior to 2016 data was published by Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

How much rain has there been in the past 100 years?

The Met Office also publishes simply the amount of rainfall measured in millimetres. We have this data for the past 100 years for different UK regions. There’s plenty to explore.

When was the first recorded rain in the UK?

Records for the United Kingdom were first recorded in 1841. As of 29 July 2019, the records as recorded since by the Met Office were:

When was the last time the weather was average in the UK?

The averages table shows the latest set of 30-year averages, covering the period 1981-2010, for the nearest / most similar climate station to your chosen location. The other tabs show averages tables for districts, regions and the UK, covering the periods 1961-1990, 1971-2000 and 1981-2010.