Sheffield’s wettest January on record

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A daily deluge of rain made January the most consistently wet ever recorded in Sheffield, new data has revealed.

Last month had 27 ‘wet days’ – where over 1mm of water fell in the city – which was the most since the Museums Sheffield Weston Park weather station started recording statistics in 1882.

All but one of the 31 days saw some rain, a figure not matched in Sheffield since January 1999.

The weather station, which shares its data with Star readers every month, concluded it was the soggiest start to the year since 2008 with 124.2mm of rain falling.

Alistair McClean, curator of natural sciences, said: “The most interesting fact is that it has been so consistently wet with 1mm of rain – a pretty significant amount.

“That’s the most wet days we have had in January in 131 years.

“We’ve not had it as bad as they have been getting it down south but still it is really wet and the ground has taken all that it can do.”

Workers and shoppers have been feeling wet, wet, wet for weeks.

Heavy rain has also stopped play for all football fixtures planned for this Saturday and Sunday at city council parks playing fields.

And raincoats will continue to be needed with a stormy Saturday ahead, and rain continuing into next week.

Tonight there is to be heavy rain in Sheffield, which could turn into hail and thunder tomorrow.

Wind gusts will also be between 50 and 60 miles an hour, according to MeteoGroup, and Sunday will be another day of sunshine and showers.

Forecaster Ben Windsor said: “It looks like the rain is going to carry on, with possibly another storm pattern in the middle of next week.

“There is going to be more rain.”

Alistair added: “We have had a really mild winter so far. Usually when water falls at this time of year it is snow.

“When snow falls it ices everything up and the water gradually trickles down to rivers. But as we haven’t had any snow the water is running straight into the rivers and the water table that is underground.”

The highest temperature recorded in Sheffield in January was 11.5 degrees C and the lowest was minus 1.4 degrees C – the highest since 2008. Sunshine levels were also low with just 49 hours for the month, still higher than the average of 43 hours.