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Wettest Day on Record

Wettest Day on Record 28 October 2020

Extreme weather: October downpour sees UK’s wettest day on record (via BBC News)

By Matt McGrath

Saturday 3 October was the wettest day for UK–wide rainfall since records began in 1891, Met Office researchers have said.

The downpour followed in the wake of Storm Alex and saw an average of 31.7mm (1.24ins) of rain across the entire UK.

The deluge was enough to exceed the capacity of Loch Ness – the largest lake in the UK by volume – the researchers added.

The previous record wettest day was 29 August 1986.

It has been a year of stark contrasts across the UK when it comes to rainfall.

Two named storms, Ciara and Dennis, helped push February to the top of the records as the wettest ever in the UK.

This was followed by a very dry and bright spring that saw May break the record for sunniest calendar month with 266 hours of sunshine.

But a middling summer has been followed by a drenching autumn across much of the UK.

In the wake of Storm Alex, the heavens opened almost everywhere.

“The main characteristic for October 3 was moderate but persistent rain, and it was very widespread,” said Dr Mark McCarthy, from the Met Office.

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