Average rainfall in the United Kingdom (UK) 2001-2018

Average annual rainfall in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2001 to 2018 (in mm)

by Ian Tiseo, last edited Jun 17, 2019
Average rainfall in the United Kingdom (UK) 2001-2018 Between 2001 and 2018, the average rainfall in the United Kingdom varied greatly. In 2010, rainfall dropped to a low of 1,020 millimeters, which was a noticeable decrease when compared to the previous year. However, the following year rainfall increased significantly to a peak of 1,889 millimeters. During this period rainfall rarely rose above 1,500 millimeters.
Monthly rainfall

On average, rainfall was most common at the start and end of the year. From 2014 to 2018, monthly rainfall peaked in December 2015 at approximately 219 millimeters. This was the only time during this period that the average monthly rainfall rose above 200 millimeters. This was a deviation from December’s 10-year mean of more than 150 millimeters.

Rainfall highest in Scotland

  In the UK, rain is often concentrated around mountainous regions such as the Scottish Highlands, so it is no surprise to see that on average it is Scotland that receives the most rainfall annually. In 2011, the average rainfall in Scotland amounted to approximately 1,886 millimeters. Geographically it is the north and west of the UK that receives the lion's share of rain as it is more susceptible to rainfall coming in from the Atlantic.
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Average annual rainfall in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2001 to 2018 (in mm)

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Rainfall in millimeters
20181,342.3
20171,330.9
20161,380.5
20151,723.3
20141,520.5
20131,322
20121,456.1
20111,889.2
20101,020.7
20091,463.5
20081,563.5
20071,416.4
20061,592.4
20051,372.8
20041,543.2
20031,038.8
20021,452.8
20011,130.2
Rainfall in millimeters
20181,342.3
20171,330.9
20161,380.5
20151,723.3
20141,520.5
20131,322
20121,456.1
20111,889.2
20101,020.7
20091,463.5
20081,563.5
20071,416.4
20061,592.4
20051,372.8
20041,543.2
20031,038.8
20021,452.8
20011,130.2
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by Ian Tiseo, last edited Jun 17, 2019
Between 2001 and 2018, the average rainfall in the United Kingdom varied greatly. In 2010, rainfall dropped to a low of 1,020 millimeters, which was a noticeable decrease when compared to the previous year. However, the following year rainfall increased significantly to a peak of 1,889 millimeters. During this period rainfall rarely rose above 1,500 millimeters.
Monthly rainfall

On average, rainfall was most common at the start and end of the year. From 2014 to 2018, monthly rainfall peaked in December 2015 at approximately 219 millimeters. This was the only time during this period that the average monthly rainfall rose above 200 millimeters. This was a deviation from December’s 10-year mean of more than 150 millimeters.

Rainfall highest in Scotland

  In the UK, rain is often concentrated around mountainous regions such as the Scottish Highlands, so it is no surprise to see that on average it is Scotland that receives the most rainfall annually. In 2011, the average rainfall in Scotland amounted to approximately 1,886 millimeters. Geographically it is the north and west of the UK that receives the lion's share of rain as it is more susceptible to rainfall coming in from the Atlantic.
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