One of the wettest on record

A temporary wall of sandbags in Ramsey, built by Department of Infrastructure staff

A temporary wall of sandbags in Ramsey, built by Department of Infrastructure staff

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Last month was one of the wettest Januarys on record.

The month saw a total of 170mm of rain fall at Ronaldsway. Only January 1948 (237mm) saw more since records began in 1947.

There were 25 days with more than 1mm recorded and only two days with no rain at all.

January was also windier than average, with a mean wind speed over the month of 16.3 knots.

It compares to the long term average of 15.7 knots.

January 3 was the windiest day was with gusts of 54 knots (62mph) recorded at Ronaldsway.

That was the day a storm surge coincided with spring tides, resulting in serious inner harbour flooding and a coastal battering from high seas. There were four days with gales.

Temperatures though were mild, with an average day maximum of 7C, which is about 1C above the long term average for January.

The highest air temperature recorded was 11.1C on January 1, and the lowest of 1.3C was on January 14.

The wet weather and high tides caused problems all over the island.

Douglas Council has praised its staff for their hard work during the recent extreme weather conditions that caused extensive damage on Douglas promenade.

Council leader councillor David Christian said: ‘These past few weeks of truly dreadful weather have proved a tremendous challenge to many of our workforce.

‘Teams have been out in all weathers working tirelessly to make the promenade and roadway safe and clear the many tonnes of sand, shingle and debris brought ashore during the high tides.

‘They are all to be thanked for their tremendous hard work, especially those in parks, tramway services, cleansing, electrical services, property services, health and safety and the Borough Engineer’s department.’

Environmental services advisory committee chairman councillor Ritchie McNicholl said: ‘It was particularly saddening to see the sunken gardens unfortunately living up to their name, submerged under several feet of water after another exceptional high tide on Monday.

‘Our parks team work tirelessly year round to create spectacular displays and, as devastating as the damage has been, I have every confidence that they, and their many other colleagues who work outside in extreme weather conditions, will respond with their customary resolve and fortitude.’

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