Sheffield just short of rain record

A sudden downpour in High Street, Sheffield city centre.

A sudden downpour in High Street, Sheffield city centre.

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IT will come as little surprise but the last three months have come within a whisker of being the wettest on record in Sheffield.

After April set a new record for rainfall since measurements were taken at Weston Park 130 years ago, May was slightly drier than average but June saw more than double the average volume of rain.

All of which left Sheffield only 1mm short of a record high for the three-month spring/summer period. The record was set in April to June 2007, a period that includes the downpour that led to the devastating floods.

And it has not only been the amount of rain, but also the frequency that has blighted the city over the past month.

Umbrellas have gone up on 21 days out of 30, including 18 on which more than 1mm fell, setting an unwanted 30-year record.

Another depressing statistic from Museums Sheffield weather station is that June has also been the dullest since 1964, with only 107.3 hours of sunshine recorded.

And if Sheffielders are looking for some relief, there doesn’t appear to be any.

The outlook remains unsettled.