Sheffield deluged after May record rainfall

Wet Weather, Sheffield.
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It was lovely weather for ducks as downpours made May the wettest on record in Sheffield for more than 30 years.

Over double the average amount fell last month, with 121mm in total recorded, compared to the usual 56mm.

It is the highest amount seen at the Museums Sheffield Weston Park Weather Station, which shares its weather figures with Star readers every month, since 1983.

And it rained at least 1mm on 18 days, the most since 1983 and almost twice the average of 10 days, in a consistent deluge of bad weather.

Alistair McClean, curator of natural science at Museums Sheffield, said: “It has been a very wet month, particularly the latter half.

“For something like rainfall that is quite a significant record to break, it doesn’t fluctuate as much as temperature for example.

“It makes it even more unusual.

“To have a millimetre of rainfall on 18 days is a fairly substantial amount.”

One event which bore the brunt of the wet weather was Sheffield Food Festival, which was moved from its usual summer date to the end of May this year because of schedule conflicts.

Stallholders and visitors soldiered on to make the festival on The Moor happen despite the heavens opening for almost all of the bank holiday weekend.

Niki Baker, event organiser from Sheffield Hallam University’s business school, said: “It didn’t dampen anybody’s spirits but it would be lovely to have some sunshine next year!

“As with any outdoor event, you get what you are given.”

Other statistics from the weather station show May 2014 was the dullest since 1996 with only 144 hours of sunshine. The average hours of sunshine is 185 hours.

But bizarrely, May also had the highest daily mean temperature for six years.

It stood at 12.5C, just less than the 13.1C in 2008.