Friday 24 November 2017

Britain lashed with more rain as wet weather sweeps in from Atlantic

A rainy Sunday morning in Woodford, north-east London. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire
A rainy Sunday morning in Woodford, north-east London. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire
A rainy Sunday morning on the A406 north circular road in Woodford north east London. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Britain was lashed with more rain today as wet weather swept in from the Atlantic.

Saturday gave a brief respite after Friday supplied a month's worth of rain in a single day but few parts of Britain escaped the downpours today.

John Lee, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said that by 7am parts of Devon and Cornwall, north and south Wales and Northern Ireland were under persistent rain.

Many areas would receive up to an inch of rain today. The heaviest hourly rainfall recorded in the morning was from 7am to 8am at Cardinham, Cornwall, where there was nearly half an inch (10.6mm).

Norwich received 48mm (1.89 inches) in the 24 hours to mid-morning on Saturday, while the average rainfall for the whole month of July in some East Anglian locations is only 52mm.

Temperatures reached 20C (68F) on Saturday but were down a couple of degrees to 18C (64F), below average for July, today.

The mercury is expected to rise a few degrees tomorrow, but there may still be some rain around and it will stay cool and unsettled in the coming days, with no obvious sign of any return to the hot conditions which prevailed a few weeks ago and produced the hottest July day on record, on July 1.

There was then a maximum recorded temperature of 36.7C (98F), melting of roads and rail service cancellations.

Bookmaker Coral said it had cut the odds on July being the wettest on record to 2-1 (from 6-1) following reports that more rain is forecast for the rest of the month.

The firm has taken a flurry of bets on this July breaking any previous figure, while also seeing support for 2015 being the wettest year on record, which is now available at 5-2 (from 4-1).

"We've seen money come flooding in all week for July being the wettest on record as punters have obviously been keeping a close eye on weather forecasts which all suggest we are set for more rain at the back end of the month," said Coral's John Hill.

"At the start of this summer, we saw a lot of money for this year being the hottest since history books began. However, all the bets coming in now are for 2015 being the wettest on record," he added.

Ladbrokes said it had suspended all bets on July 2015 entering the wet weather record books.

The odds of 2015 being the soggiest year of all time were also down to 7/4, having been 10/1 before the recent downpours.

Spokesman Alex Donohue said: "When it comes to this July being a total washout all bets are off. The latest deluge also now means 2015 looks set to enter the rainfall record books too."

Mr Lee of MeteoGroup said: "July was dry before this recent rainfall so I'm confident it won't be the wettest July on record. In 2007 when there was flooding the average rainfall for the month across England and Wales was 136mm and I don't think it will be more than that."

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