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It’s official – Cardiff is the wettest city in Britain, followed by Glasgow and Preston

New data released by the Met Office confirms what every long suffering Cardiffian already knows – it’s the wettest city in Britain.

When I grew up in Wales, rain was a constant companion, and if wasn’t hammering it down it would be a slow and never ending drizzle that managed to eventually seep through the layers of even the most ‘waterproof’ garments.

The figures show Cardiff as the wettest city with 115.19cm of rain every year, ahead of second-placed Glasgow with 112.43cm – still over twice as wet as London which only gets 55.74cm per year.

The rainiest towns and cities in Britain

Average climate from 1981 to 2010. Data from the Met Office.

City Rain per year (cms) Days per year with rain
Birmingham 80.49 131.1
Blackpool 88.27 145.5
Bournemouth 83.52 120.5
Brighton 72.27 118.1
Bristol 80.21 125.9
Cambridge 56.81 107.5
Cardiff 115.19 148.6
Carlisle 87.21 148.6
Coventry 70.01 123.5
Edinburgh 70.42 124.2
Exeter 78.49 121.1
Glasgow 112.43 170.3
Gloucester 84.34 145.6
Huddersfield 102.84 154.4
Hull 67.99 122.9
Ipswich 56.05 106.9
Lincoln 61.46 115.2
Liverpool 83.66 144.3
London 55.74 109.4
Manchester 86.71 151.7
Middlesbrough 57.42 111.5
Newcastle 59.72 109.5
Northampton 63.81 116.9
Norwich 67.42 122.8
Nottingham 70.94 124.2
Oxford 65.97 115.5
Plymouth 100.74 142.1
Portsmouth 69.91 108.6
Preston 103.36 153.2
Reading 63.54 111.1
Rhyl 81.41 145.7
Sheffield 83.46 131.6
Southampton 77.94 114.7
Stoke 80.61 143.6
Watford 67.72 116.1
Wolverhampton 68.12 125.1
York 62.6 117.2

 

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