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UK's wettest ever day recorded during Storm Alex earlier this month


By Philip Murray

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Locator Loch Ness...Picture: Gary Anthony..
Locator Loch Ness...Picture: Gary Anthony..

The UK's wettest ever day saw enough rain fall in just 24 hours to fill the whole of Loch Ness, the Met Office has revealed.

Storm Alex, which struck most of the UK on October 3, brought an average of 1.25 inches of rain (31.7mm) across the whole of the British Isles.

It smashed the previous record of 29.8mm, which was recorded 34 years ago – and was officially the wettest day since records began all the way back in 1891.

And the Met Office's National Climate Information Centre has confirmed that the volume of rain which fell would have completely filled Loch Ness.

The fact is all the more remarkable given the volume of water in the loch, which is deeper than most parts of the North Sea and contains so much liquid that all of the lakes of England and Wales would not be sufficient to fill it.

The Met Office's Mark McCarthy said: "In climate statistics, 2019 will be remembered for possessing the UK's hottest day, whereas 2020 will be associated with rainfall records.

"It is exceptional to have 30mm to 50mm or more of rain falling so extensively across the UK, from the south coast of England to the north coast of Scotland, in a single day."



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