TEMPERATURES plunged to January levels as Huddersfield took a soaking.
Nearly one-third of an inch of rain fell in the town yesterday, bringing the monthly total up to double the normal level.
Salendine Nook weatherman Paul Stevens said: “In line with the economic news, it was a miserable day.
“There was an unusually deep low pressure system which originated over the Bay of Biscay and led to 18 millimetres of rain – nearly one-third of an inch.
“It was a particularly wet day which pushed the monthly rainfall up to 120 millimetres, nearly double the 60 to 65 millimetres which is normal for Huddersfield in April.
“It was cold as well, 4.5C, which is normal for January.”
Mr Stevens predicted that today would be “brighter, with a little bit of sunshine and some showers.”
He added: “Friday looks to be rather cloudy with temperatures of around 9C.”
The heavy rain has prompted warnings of possible flash flooding across England and Wales.
The Environment Agency has issued eight flood warnings for the south west after some areas saw up to 50mm of rain (two inches) overnight and yesterday.
There are also 21 flood alerts in the south west and two in the south east of England in the face of the downpours.
The Environment Agency also warned that further heavy rain forecast for the end of the week could lead to localised flooding in the north west, the Midlands and Wales.
The agency has previously warned that the drought gripping swathes of England could increase the risk of flash flooding as rain is less easily absorbed by dry, compacted soils, instead running off and causing localised floods.