Forget the heatwave, this is when we will get our wettest summer day

We've had quite the run of good luck: blue skies, scorching sunshine, and what adds up to one of the best summers the UK's had for years.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 4:52 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 4:57 pm

However, as we Brits know only too well, all good things usually come to an end, and never more so than with our frankly unpredictable weather.

Often, what follows a period of heatwaves is a series of thunderstorms that signal a break in the atmospheric pressure - usually quite welcome by frustrated gardeners who just want to see their flowery borders burst back into life.

And while the sun has obviously caused a boom in BBQs, the rain might stop play – so inside info on when it’s actually going to be wet, would help plan any upcoming events...


That’s exactly what leading wood burning stoves and flue expert company Glowing Embers have done – they’ve collated 30 years’ worth of data to discover when, statistically, the UK can expect its wettest day of the summer this year.

They found that overall the UK can expect its wettest day on the August 5, with an average rainfall of 2.1 inches.

Here in Yorkshire, our wettest day will be August 8 when we are expected to receive 2 inches.

The regions that can expect to have their wettest day first are the East of England and the East Midlands, both on July 30. The East of England can expect 1.7 inches of rain, whilst East Midlanders can expect 1.8 inches.

Scotland is set to be hit with the most rainfall in the UK on their wettest day of summer 2018, with a very soggy 3.1 inches of rain on August 10. Just behind them is Northern Ireland, also on August 10 (2.5 inches) and Wales on August 9 (2.4 inches).

It's not great news for the Republic of Ireland either – they may have been doing quite well recently in the sunshine stakes but on August 6, it's game over (statistically speaking), with a rainfall of 2.2 inches.

To see how the UK and Ireland compares, Glowing Embers have put together an infographic map of the UK which shows the date you can expect your wettest day, and how much rain on average you can prepare for!

‘Well it wouldn’t be a good old-fashioned British summer without a bit of rain here and there!’ says Richard Fewings from Glowing Embers. ‘At least if you’re forewarned, you’ll know what days not to fire up the barbie!’