Record number of wet days in January plus snow and thunder

We may not have needed sandbags, but we had a record number of wet days in January
We may not have needed sandbags, but we had a record number of wet days in January
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If you thought it never seemed to stop raining in January, you were right.

Bury St Edmunds weather recorder Alan Messem logged a record number of wet days last month. He says there was more than 1mm of rain on 24 days, 11 more than average and the highest he has recorded since 22 wet days in 2004.

Over those 24 days he recorded 87.9mm of rain, which was 171 per cent of the regional average yet that means we got off lightly.

In 1995 he recorded 107.9mm in just 14 wet days and in 2003, 99.1mm fell in 16 days.

In addition, the Met Office says central southern England this year has had the wettest January for 100 years, with some areas getting more than 225 per cent of their average.

Alan said: “Rain fell every day from the 21st with some unusual 3mm snow pellets falling from a shower at teatime on Thursday 23rd. Two days later, there was a violent thunderstorm at sunset lasting about 35 minutes — the first in January since 2002.”

The wettest day last month was the 31st with 11mm, bringing the total for the last 11 days to 45mm.