It’s wettest April on record in Sheffield as rain eases

Motorists had to slow down on Chesterfield Road Heeley Bottom after heavy rain ran off the banking
Motorists had to slow down on Chesterfield Road Heeley Bottom after heavy rain ran off the banking
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LAST month was the wettest April on record in Sheffield - but weather forecasters say the city will have some respite from the heavy downpours as the rain eases over the next few days.

The latest figures from Sheffield’s Weston Park weather station, where records began in 1882, show 153.4mm of rainfall was measured in April, beating the previous record for the month - 151.5mm - set in 2000.

Rivers in South Yorkshire have been swollen by the torrential rain, and the Environment Agency says water levels have now reached their peak, but are expected to remain high.

Yesterday flood alerts were still in place on the River Rother, including its tributaries from Renishaw to Rotherham, as well as the River Sheaf, Porter Brook and their tributaries.

Billy Payne, from Meteogroup, said showers are expected today, with ‘a few heavy bursts’ possible this afternoon.

“Most of the rain will die away through the evening, leaving a dry night with clear spells,” he said. Wednesday will be dry with a ‘small chance’ of showers in the afternoon, Billy said, with the same forecast for Thursday.

“There will be a lot of cloud around but it should be generally dry,” he added.

“There’ll be a risk of further rain towards the end of the week into next week but the details are uncertain at the minute.

“I don’t think it’s going to be as wet as it has been, for the moment it’s a bit of a respite, really.”

Billy said there is a risk of further heavy rain throughout the beginning of this month.

“It’s quite unsettled,” he said.

Temperatures will reach 12 degrees Celsius today, turning chillier at the weekend, possibly dipping to 10 degrees.

Meanwhile waterlogged ground has put paid to this weekend’s Sealed Knot war re-enactment, due to take place at Wentworth Castle Gardens at Stainborough, Barnsley.

The event has been cancelled and history enthusiasts will now have to wait until next year, the 370th anniversary of the Battle of Tankersley Moor.

In Doncaster, heavy rain has meant police are struggling to recover a body from the swollen River Don, 24 hours after the tragic find was first spotted.

The river was so fast flowing that it was considered too dangerous for the emergency services to retrieve the body when it was first noticed at Sprotbrough Falls.

By yesterday morning the body had been washed down to the Marshgate area, but then disappeared again.

A man also suffered life-threatening injuries when his car came off the road in heavy rain and crashed into a ditch near Stainforth.