Persistent rainfall across the UK

We all know the UK sees a good deal of rainfall, but it’s not often you cannot see the country at all on a rainfall radar image like the one below.

Rainfall radar image from 6.50 am this morning

Rainfall radar image from 6.50 am this morning

As you can see from the picture, taken from 6.50 am this morning, rain is falling widely across a large part of the UK.

Some places have seen persistent rain since the early hours of yesterday (Wednesday) morning, with some fairly high rainfall totals.

Rainfall totals in the table below are from 00:00 am on 19 December to 10:00 am on 20 December

Station Area Rainfall (mm)
Plymouth, Mountbatten Devon 55
Cardinham, Bodmin Cornwall 54.6
Camborne Cornwall 49.2
Tredegar, Bryn Bach Park Gwent 44.8
Thorney Island West Sussex 43.6
Hurn Dorset 42.8
Cardiff, Bute Park South Glamorgan 42
Shoreham Airport West Sussex 41
Usk Monmouthshire 40
Ballypatrick Forest Antrim 39.8

More rain is expected to fall over the next few days, which is likely to cause localised flooding and disruption to travel in the run up to the festive period.

During this period of unsettled weather we’d advise people to stay up to date with the Met Office’s weather forecasts and warnings.

If heading out on a journey, check local traffic updates and allow additional time for potential for delays.

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