So that’s where all the rain goes

Plughole: Excess water is sucked down one of two plugholes at Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District.
Plughole: Excess water is sucked down one of two plugholes at Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District.
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ThIs striking picture shows where some of the heavy rainfall Britain has experienced this summer goes – it’s sucked down a plughole.

June was one of the wettest on record in the UK, with torrential rainfall causing floods in many areas around the country, and the April-June quarter was the wettest second quarter in the UK since records began in 1910.

But overflows like this amazing sight at the Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire help to prevent reservoirs breaking their banks by creating a whirlpool on the surface, sucking the water down and through a valve house at the bottom of the dam.

Commonly referred to as a plughole, it measures 24 metres in diameter and is one of two in the three-mile long reservoir, which is the lowest of three reservoirs in the Derwent Valley area of the Peak District.

Sadly forecasters said there is no end in sight to the rain.

Unsettled weather across South Yorkshire – with the prospect of storms – is expected for the rest of this week.

Today will be brighter with showers and humidity will rise along with temperatures to around 20 C.

Tomorrow Sheffield could see thunderstorms.

Michael Dukes of Meteogroup said: “On Wednesday some areas could have localised flooding and temperatures will be around 19 or 20C.”

Thursday will be cooler with highs of 16 – compared to the normal average of 20 to 21C while Friday is looking slightly warmer and brighter.

“The prospects beyond that are for it to get a bit better, with a few days of sun then a couple of rain.

“We’re not talking about a heatwave but it will be a little bit more like you would expect at this time of year.”