Heavy rain forecast for Cumbria as 2012 is set to be wettest year on record
Last updated at 15:51, Sunday, 30 December 2012
HEAVY rain and wind is forecast to lash Cumbria this evening and tomorrow.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning - meaning "be aware" - for the North West between 6pm tonight and 6pm tomorrow.
A statement on the Environment Agency website said: "The next spell of wet and windy weather is expected to arrive over Cumbria on Sunday evening and last through Monday morning and into the afternoon.
"This rain is likely to result in the level of Windermere rising above today’s level and it is likely to remain high with the flood alert in place for several days into the New Year.
"The level of the surrounding rivers are likely to fall slightly on Sunday morning before responding to the forecast rain on Sunday evening and could rise higher than today’s levels."
Cumbria has certainly done its bit and then some to help the country break a record many hoped would remain untouched.
Forecasters predict 2012 will go down in history as the UK’s wettest year since records began more than a century ago.
The Met Office has revealed an average of 1.8in of rain must fall before midnight on December 31 to beat the record set back in 2000.
This year the UK as a whole has had 50.8in of rainfall from January 1 to December 26 – just shy of the benchmark of 52.6in.
Weather watcher Peter Johnson has been monitoring rainfall at Levens on the edge of the Lake District for four decades.
The associate member of the Royal Meteorological Society said his meticulous records showed it had easily been the wettest year he had encountered.
“It’s certainly, absolutely, definitely a record for the past 40 years here for wetness – by quite a long margin, too,” he said.
“This year we’ve had 67.5in, so if it’s really wet over the next day or two then we might even make 70in.
“There are one of two years where the rainfall has just got past 60in, but never anywhere near 70in.”
First published at 09:05, Friday, 28 December 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Love the wind me....gonna get my kite out! Love the rain too, wish it had battered it down here like it has down south...wanted to use my kayak for the paper run!
heavy rain and strong winds in december ! very newsworthy .