Scotland’s biggest city is officially Britain’s third wettest, with only Cardiff and St Davids – Britain’s smallest city – recording a higher annual rainfall, a new study has revealed.
But neither can beat Glasgow for the number of days it rains – an announcement welcomed yesterday by torrential rain across the city.
New figures showed Glasgow gets a total of 1,124mm (44in) and typically endures 170 days of wet weather each year.
Only the Welsh cities of Cardiff and St Davids are forced to suffer more – with 1,152mm in 149 days and 1,138mm in 151 days respectively.
Bangor ranked fourth in the study, followed by Truro in Cornwall, -Preston, Bradford and Leeds.
In better news for Scotland, the country only made the top 20 wettest UK cities twice. Aberdeen ranks 20th with 815mm and 139 days recorded.
Perth is the 23rd wettest city in the UK, Stirling the 30th, Inverness the 32nd, Dundee the 35th, and Edinburgh, Scotland’s driest, 40th.
We have much colder air feeding into the UK from Arctic Canada
The research was carried out by Freeflush, an organisation which encourages householders to re-use their rainwater, which analysed Met Office data from 1981 to 2015.
The findings, which revealed that London is the driest city in the UK, closely followed by Cambridge, Derry and Ely, emerged as forecasters issued weather warnings for snow and ice.
Snow was forecast to fall overnight and this morning in many parts of the country, with only the far north-east escaping the severe weather.
The Met Office also said ice would be a problem on untreated roads during the morning rush-hour. And as if that were not enough, lightning strikes are forecast as well.
Yellow ‘be aware’ warnings were last night in place for the Highlands, Strathclyde, Central Tayside and Fife, Dumfries and Galloway, Lothian and Borders and some parts of Grampian.
Forecaster Grahame Madge of the Met Office said: “I’m sure gardeners in particular will not be too enamoured at the return of snow and ice. But people in Scotland won’t be too surprised at the prospect of snow in March, even if it is now officially spring.”
He added: “We have much colder air feeding into the UK from Arctic Canada. Overnight and into Tuesday morning, we will see wintry showers and some lightning sweeping in on unstable air off the sea. Above 300m, this will settle as snow.
“However, snow could still fall even at low levels, though ice may be more of a problem as skies clear and we feel the effect of that colder air. These conditions are likely to be a recurring feature during this week.”