UK Set’s New 24-Hour June Rain Record At Notoriously Wet Honister Pass, Cumbria!

Written by on July 7, 2020 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments

June 2020 was largely dominated by low pressure and at the close of the month, a stalled area of low pressure over Scotland brought record rainfall.

Position and stalled nature of this low was key to producing a new UK 24-hour June rainfall record.

1. Stalled low

2. Spiraling rain band crossing waters +4C above normal (Baltic Sea).

This warm water fueled rain band which continued to draw on a warm, moist environment was parked directly over the Lake District where geography enhances rainfall and is by far the UK’s wettest region.

Between 10am Sunday and 10am Monday the 28-29 June 2020, a total of 212.8mm of rain fell in an Environment Agency rain gauge in the Lake District. That rain gauge happened to be the notoriously wet Honister Pass which held the previous UK June 1-day rainfall record of 208.4mm in 2012 and holds the UK’s all-time 24-hour rainfall record of 341.4mm set during Storm Desmond in December 2015.

2012 happened to also be the UK’s wettest June on record and was a VERY wet, poor summer.



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