More rain is coming

editorial image
Have your say

THIS month remains on course to be one of the wettest Februarys on record.

Following about 12mm of rainfall over the weekend – which mostly fell overnight Friday/Saturday – the total rainfall for the month stands at about 90mm.

A Met Office spokesman said it was unlikely to beat the record of 139mm – set in 1977 – but it could come close.

While 12mm of rainfall was recorded at the Met Office, based at Ronaldsway, it is thought more than double that figure could have fallen over the hills.

The Mountain Road was closed early on Saturday morning because of localised flooding and there was a large amount of standing water at the bottom of the recently redeveloped Richmond Hill in Braddan.

Meanwhile, high south-easterly winds combined with a high Spring tide led to waves crashing over Douglas promenades on Sunday.

The height of the high tide on Sunday afternoon was 7.8m.

As the Examiner went to press, further spells of rain – falling as sleet on the hills – were forecast.

For today (Tuesday) the Met Office has warned of localised flooding with 5mm to 10mm of rainfall expected.

The rain was due to become heavier in the afternoon and into the evening before clearing overnight. The Met Office has also warned of a risk of some heavy rain on Friday. In addition, strong winds of up to 30mph are forecast this week.

Back to the top of the page