What Are the Wettest Months in the UK?

While the UK tends to avoid the drastic weather seen in other parts of the world, we do get our fair share of rain. That’s especially true in Yorkshire, where we’ve seen a number of flooding incidents over the past few years.

With that in mind, it’s only natural you’ll want to know when the wettest months are. As well as being aware of potential flood risks, you can make sure you’re avoiding wet spells when you’re planning days out – not to mention scheduling in those roof repairs before the wettest months arrive!

In this post, we’ll rank the wettest months in the UK based on data from the local Bingley climate station.

6. August 81.1

While it’s technically part of summer, August still makes it onto the list of the UK’s wettest months. According to Bingley records between 1981-2010, the month usually gets 81.1mm of rainfall across an average of 11.8 rain days.

5. March 81.5

The end of winter or the start of spring? Either way, March isn’t immune from a few showers, with 81.5mm of rainfall and 13.4 rainy days.

4. October 99.8

It’s quite a jump to the next wet month, with almost 100mm of rainfall seen in a typical October. The month usually associated with Halloween also has a frightening number of rain days – an average of 14.4. That means it will usually rain for almost half of the days!

3. November 105.2

Despite it not quite being winter, November is in third place when it comes to average rainfall. A figure of 105.2mm across 15.3 rain days means it’s probably not the best time to plan those outdoor day trips.

2. January 109.8

Home to the most depressing day of the year (Blue Monday), it’s no surprise that January has some pretty grim weather too. 109.8mm and 15.4 days of rainfall put it second on the list of the UK’s wettest months.

1. December 114.3

As many might have predicted, December is typically the wettest month in the UK. Between 1981 and 2010, it saw an average of 114.3mm of rainfall across 14.8 days. Interestingly, that’s fewer rain days than November and January, meaning December might have a few heavier showers in the mix.

What about the driest months?

While we’re on the topic of rain, it’s worth looking at the UK’s driest months too. July and May sit top of the pile with 63 and 65.2mm of monthly rainfall respectively. They’re followed by June and September which are level on 77.1mm.

Strangely, February is next with 77.2mm of rainfall per month – although that’s probably down to it having 2-3 fewer days than the other months. Then just about making it as a ‘dry’ month rather than a wet one, April has an average of 72.9mm of rain.

Protect your property all year round

While December is the wettest and July the driest, no month will be forgiving to an inadequate roof. At DPR Roofing, we provide essential roof repairs and top-rate replacements across Huddersfield so you can rest assured your property is protected from the weather, whatever the month.

To arrange a quote, simple call us on 01484 866 772 or email [email protected].