The Met Office has confirmed that February 2020 has been officially the wettest in six years, as flooded Britain seems destined to rain harder for fear that the water defenses won’t hold up.
Meteorologist Craig Snell, speaking on Mirror Online, said that this month’s average rainfall is currently 133 mm across the UK, and that it was last hit in 2014 when it touched 168 mm.
According to the data, 1990 had the wettest month with an average rainfall of 193 mm, and while Snell said that this month is very far away, it would not be surprising if 2020 reached the top 10 in the following eight days.
“We are not too far away, we have received further heavy rains in the coming days and the first 10 wettest [February] it wouldn’t be a stretch, but we still have a long way to go to break the record, “he said.
However, the meteorologist pointed out that parts of the UK have been hit by “much higher” rainfall of 133mm this month, despite the average.
Meanwhile, an “exceptionally low” average of only 79.9mm of rain was recorded last February, which means it was a record for how dry it was.
The Met Office said that more rain in northern England this weekend could lead to further flooding in already sensitive areas.
While the Environment Agency warned of worsening conditions in the Pennines and parts of Yorkshire, it said that ongoing river floods remain “likely” for the English-Welsh border around the River Severn for the remainder of the week .
Today there are five serious floods that endanger life and less severe 81 floods taking place.
The most extreme warnings remain near the English-Welsh border, around the Severn, Wye and Lugg rivers, where many people have already experienced floods.
The Met Office issued meteorological warnings for rain for central and south-western Scotland all day Friday and parts of Yorkshire for Friday morning.
While Wales will not be affected by further floods of rain on Friday, meteorologist Snell said: “There are no signs of anything particularly dry going through what people need in areas affected by the flood.
He continued: “From the beginning, on Friday we will rain in parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northwestern England, and the day will really take place there.
“The other point of discussion on Friday will be the force of the wind, it will be quite gusty in the north.”
Honister Pass in Cumbria, one of the UK’s wettest areas each year, recorded 185mm of rain in 36 hours on Thursday, while 72mm of rain was recorded in Shap, Cumbria.
Capel Curig in Snowdonia, North Wales, recorded 86 mm of rain in 36 hours after setting Wednesday’s record for rain with 80 mm in one day.
On Friday the northern parts of England could see winds of up to 65 mph, which could cause transportation delays and unfavorable driving conditions.
The Met Office said that Yorkshire is one of the most sensitive areas to rain at the moment, with only small amounts of rain that can potentially cause further flooding.
Snell said, “Tomorrow’s rainfall isn’t exactly too high, but the warning is because the ground is so wet.”
The northern county is expected to see 20-30mm of rain fall, which could increase to 60-80mm in some areas.
“Given the recent wet conditions, that amount of rainfall can also cause further flooding,” added Snell.
The weekend is expected to bring more wet weather, with possible sleet and snow on the heights in Scotland.
Snell said: “Saturday will be a sunny day and a burst of showers, the winter showers all over the north, mainly through the heights and we could see some wind at the lower levels, but nothing is too much at the moment.”
Snell added that the Met Office is monitoring a low pressure area approaching the United Kingdom that could bring another strong winds spell in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England.
He said: “In combination with the wind we would see the risk of further heavy rain and also potentially some snow for Scotland too.”
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes to the hardest hit areas after days of flooding following Storm Dennis.
A fundraiser launched by Good Omens actor Michael Sheen on Wednesday evening doubled its initial target of raising £ 10,000 for the Welsh affected by Storm Dennis.