Aberdeen in top 20 UK cities that get most rain­fall

Weather: High­land cap­i­tal is no. 32

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY JOANNE WARNOCK

Aberdeen has been listed among the top 20 wettest cities in the UK.

Us­ing Met Of­fice data, weather blog­gers Freeflush have ranked 63 UK cities based on an­nual rain­fall and have given the new “damp crown” to Cardiff af­ter it ex­pe­ri­enced 170 days of rain and 1,152mm of rain­fall.

Perth washed up at num­ber 23, closely fol­lowed by Stir­ling 30, In­ver­ness 32 and Dundee at 35.

Av­er­ag­ing sta­tis­tics from the last 35 years, Aberdeen came out at num­ber 20 with an av­er­age of 139 days of rain ev­ery year and 815mm of rain­fall.

Third in the UK list, Glas­gow topped the Scot­tish cities with 170 rainy days and del­uges of 1,124mm. Ed­in­burgh splashed at the bot­tom with only 124 wet days and a pud­dle of only 704mm per year.

Other cities in the top five were St David’s, Ban­gor and Truro. Manch­ester’s rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing the “rainy city” was in tat­ters af­ter slip­ping down to num­ber 15.

London had a mere 109 days of rain and 557mm of rain­fall an­nu­ally.

Met Of­fice spokesman Gra­hame Madge wanted to clar­ify that not all of the data had been checked but said: “Ar­eas in the east of Scot­land would ex­pect less rain­fall than other ar­eas per­haps to the west.

“The pre­vail­ing weather nor­mally comes from the At­lantic where you get hu­mid air com­ing in and that will bring with it rain­fall when that air gets up to the moun­tains – by the time it gets across to east­ern Scot­land it will have got rid of a lot of the mois­ture where it has fallen as rain on the west coast and high­lands.

“Geog­ra­phy is at play. Where Aberdeen is con­cerned, not all of the rain will be stopped on the moun­tains and more rain can come in from the north and north-east­erly. Over the course of the year Aberdeen gets weather com­ing from all points of the com­pass.”

“Aberdeen gets weather from all points of the com­pass”

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