This is has already been a record breaking month for rainfall in some parts of the UK, with exceptional amounts of rain falling onto already saturated ground.
The very wet Boxing Day in parts of north Wales and northwest England was well forecast five days in advance with Amber, be prepared, warnings in force from as early as last Wednesday.
In the event the highest rainfall amounts were around 100mm with peaks of 130mm in Lancashire and in excess of 200mm in Snowdonia and caused high impacts across parts of north Wales and northern England.
Here is a selection of the highest two day rainfall totals from Met Office observing sites for Christmas Day and Boxing Day:
|48hr UK RAINFALL TOTALS 9am 25 DEC – 9am 27 DEC 2015|
|SITE||AREA||RAINFALL TOTAL (MM)|
|PATELEY BRIDGE, RAVENS NEST||NORTH YORKSHIRE||97|
|PRESTON, MOOR PARK||LANCASHIRE||73.2|
|MONA||ISLE OF ANGLESEY||63.6|
|DISHFORTH AIRFIELD||NORTH YORKSHIRE||60.8|
This wet spell has added to the heavy rainfall through the rest of the month to make December 2015 already the wettest on record in parts of the UK.
Here is a small selection of new December records from Met Office observing stations around the UK 9am 1 – 9am 28 December 2015:
|Site||Total (mm)||81-10 avg (mm)||Previous record|
|Shap (Cumbria)||773.2||215.6||504.4mm in 2006|
|Keswick (Cumbria)||517.6||173||376.4mm in 2013|
|Warcop Range (Cumbria)||281.6||94.1||218.4mm in 2006|
|Stonyhurst (Lancashire)||331.4||141.6||319.3mm in 1951|
|Morecambe (Lancashire)||281.4||109.2||272mm in 1909|
|Bainbridge (North Yorkshire)||496.2||156.5||327.2mm in 2006|
|241.4||114.3||247.2mm in 2006|
|Eskdalemuir (Dumfries and Galloway)||500||184.9||390.4mm in 2014|
|Glasgow Bishopton||311.4||145.6||294.8mm in 2006|
|Capel Curig (Conwy)||1012.2||308.9||612.8mm in 2006|
This very unsettled and occasionally stormy spell was well signalled in our recent three month outlooks and is not unusual for this time of year, indeed this is when climatologically we would expect to have most of our storms.
Throughout this unsettled spell Met Office meteorologists and advisors are working round the clock with our partners to keep everyone up to date with the latest forecast information so they can plan and prepare for the expected weather.