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Monthly number of rain days in the United Kingdom (UK) 2015-2020

There were 5.3 raindays in May 2020, which was the second lowest number of monthly raindays during this period. A rainday is when 1mm or more of rain occurs in a day. The highest number of raindays was recorded in December 2015, at 22.2

Fourth quarter the wettest

The wettest periods of the year tend to be the start and the end. In 2019 the fourth quarter was the wettest, with an average of 424 mm of rainfall. October and December of that year recorded the highest levels of monthly rainfall at 140 mm.

Regional weather

Due to the United Kingdom’s geographical location and landscape, weather conditions can vary greatly. Scotland is on average the wettest country. The majority of rainfall is concentrated in the Scottish Highlands, as precipitation often occurs in mountainous regions. As rainfall comes in from the Atlantic, it is the northern and western parts of the UK that are most susceptible to precipitation. This explains why England is the driest of all the regions, as rain deposits reduce as they move east.

Total number of monthly rain days in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2015 to 2020

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Release date

January 2021


United Kingdom

Survey time period

January 2015 to December 2020

Supplementary notes

Rainday is classified as more than 1mm falling.

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