Downpour results in fifth wettest November day ever in Sheffield

Sheffield experienced its coldest November in six years - and the month's fifth wettest day since records began.

Friday, 2nd December 2016, 10:14 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 4:33 pm
Flooding in Sheffield Road, November 21, 2016.

The weather station at Weston Park Museum recorded the lowest temperature since 2010, at minus 2.3C - although that was some way off the lowest on record, minus 7.2, set six years ago.

The average temperature of 5.9C was also the lowest since 5.1C was recorded in 2010. The overall average for the month is 6.7C.

The first snow of the Winter at Longshaw. Taken by Michael Hardy at White Edge Lodge at Longshaw, Sheffield.

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November was wetter than average, in no small part thanks to a downpour around the 21st, when 37.6mm of rain fell, making it the fifth wettest day for the month since records began in 1882.

More than 150 roads were affected by flooding on that day, with many forced to close.

The wettest ever day on record in Sheffield was July 15, 1973, when 119.2mm of rain fell.

Alistair McLean, curator of natural science at Weston Park, said November 2010 had been 'quite spectacular' with a lot of snow compared to this year, where only the highest areas received a dusting.

The first snow of the Winter at Longshaw. Taken by Michael Hardy at White Edge Lodge at Longshaw, Sheffield.

"We had a little smidge of snow but it didn't settle in the city centre because of the heat island effect," he added.

Mr McLean said large downpours in a short space of time were usually more common in the first half of the year.

He added: "You tend to get massive cloudbursts in the spring and summer."

And with December 25 not far away, Mr McLean said statistically speaking, a white Christmas was unlikely.

"The data tells us that since the turn of the millennium we have had three white Christmeases with snow on the ground on Christmas Day.

"It has only happened eight times all together - although snow recording was a bit hit and miss until the last 30 years."

The most snow on Christmas Day was recorded in 1981, when it was 29cm deep on the ground.

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