STAND by for another deluge.
That was the warning today from Huddersfield weather expert Paul Stevens, who fears we could get more than half a month’s rain over the next few days.
The Met Office too warned of severe weather over West Yorkshire up until Saturday.
Stevens warned that the Huddersfield area could be hit by as much as 60mm of rain in the next 48 hours, compared to the average for the whole of July of about 70mm.
And that gloomy news comes after a month which saw near-record rainfall for the area.
Stevens recorded 182.3mm of rain at Salendine Nook in June, which was the second heaviest in the past 100 years after the 195mm record of June 1985.
“It’s more of the same” he said.
“The next couple of days will see more warm but very wet weather in the Huddersfield area and that will mean some very heavy downpours at times.
“There could well be thunderstorms and torrential rain tonight and into Friday, with the prospect of 40mm of rain falling by the weekend.
“We are on the edge of a band of low pressure which is bringing all this heavy rain and it shows no sign of shifting.
“It could well cause problems. The ground is already saturated and the rivers are running high and it could be there is some localised flooding in areas which are prone to that.
“People need to be alert to those risks”.
One bright spot came with the long-range forecast which could see some bright, hot weather in August.
Stevens said: “It is a long-range forecast but we could see a return to a proper bit of summer in August”.
Figures also show that 30% of 2012’s total rainfall fell in June.
There were just eight days without rainfall in June, figures from Huddersfield University’s Applied Sciences weather station reveal.
The monthly mean temperature was 13.63°C, which is almost 1.5°C lower than the average figure for June of 15.11°C resulting in it being the coolest June since 1991.
The warmest day of the month was Wednesday, June 27 with an average temperature of 20.3°C. The highest maximum temperature of 25.5°C was recorded on Thursday, June 28.
The coldest day of the month was Sunday, June 3 with an average temperature of just 7.5°C.
The wettest day of the month with 38.8mm (27% of the month’s total) was Friday 22 – the day of torrential flooding in Calderdale.