Flooding could hit again in January – after the wettest December on record in Huddersfield.

Huddersfield weather experts Paul Stevens says January looks set to stay reasonably mild ... and wet.

Paul said Huddersfield suffered more than half a year’s rainfall fell in just two months.

“It has been the wettest December on record,” he said. “To midnight on December 31 218mm (8.72 inches) rain fell on the town.

“The nearest to this record was 196mm in 1915 – 100 years to the month.

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“The flooding on Boxing Day was brought about by 62mm in 36 hours.

“Normally we would expect no more than three days on average with rainfall in 24 hours of 10mm.

“In total the nine week period (November and December), a massive 429mm (17.16 inches) fell.

Weatherman Paul Stevens

Meanwhile, those hoping for snow may be left disappointed as Paul thinks the mild weather may last until the end of the month.

He said: “This winter so far has been controlled by a strong jet with extra heat energy and humidity around the globe from the record breaking El Nino (a warm phase associated with a band of warm ocean water) that has been affecting the Pacific Ocean.

“A strong Icelandic low is preventing colder air arriving en masse from the north west.”

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Over the next three to five days he said this could bring “further tropical humid air north, giving us a respite from the potential flooding.”

But he warned of a cooler month than December yet we could still see substantial rain.

“It will be cooler with a greater chance of wintry weather over hills and some night frost,” he said. “There may be the odd cold incursion with some wintry weather to hills around Kirklees and Calderdale but this won’t be long lasting. High pressure around Greenland might deliver some cold later in January.

Images of the flooding in Huddersfield below

“There will be certainly some stormy weather.

“Rainfall remains on the above average side with some local flooding remaining a possibility.”

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But he added: “February might offer something colder.”

He added: “It was a very warm December. The temperature average for the month was +4.74°C above the long term average for Huddersfield at +8.69°C,

“We normally would expect an average daily temperature around +3.95°C.”