HUDDERSFIELD is on course for its wettest year on record.
Torrential downpours on Thursday – and the risk of more heavy rain today – will mean it will go down in the record books.
But the odds on a white Christmas have all but vanished other than for a few people living on the high hills around Huddersfield.
They may catch an odd snow or sleet shower on Christmas Day morning but the day will quickly turn drier.
Salendine Nook meteorologist Paul Stevens said: “Christmas Day and Boxing Day will turn a lot colder and that may bring an odd flake or two of snow on the high ground above 750 feet, but for the rest of us it’s likely to remain unsettled.
“It will be considerably drier than we have seen over the past few days but generally it will be wet and not white.
“Thursday saw up to 30mm, or more than an inch of rain, fall in 24 hours and we can expect another deluge today.
“This latest band of heavy rain could well bring another 15mm or 20mm in some areas but it will pass through very quickly.
“We have already had 84mm of rain so far this month – with a good amount of that this week – and that is well above the monthly average of 60mm.
“It means December is certain to be the latest in a long list of very wet months and I believe we will certainly be looking at the wettest year on record in Huddersfield”.
There was some good news for those planning their Christmas shopping tomorrow.
Sunday is likely to be dry and much warmer, with temperatures expected to reach 10 or 11 deg Celsius, some 6 degrees above normal.
It will be a welcome relief to many parts of the UK, after many more flooding scares.
Yesterday, nearly 400 flood alerts and warnings were currently in place, according to the Environment Agency, the agency said, including 91 more serious flood warnings.
Phil Younge, regional flood and coastal risk manager for the Environment Agency, said: “Although the rainfall forecast for the next few days is not particularly heavy for this time of year, the rain is falling on saturated ground and there is likely to be some further surface water flooding as a result. River levels will also be high, and we would advise people to continue to check local river levels and flood risk on our website.
“Our operations staff are busy clearing culverts and other drainage channels and monitoring river levels, and we are in a heightened state of vigilance”. But while large swathes of the country were on alert, there was no repeat of last month’s flooding that caused widespread devastation