The great British weather throws plenty of downpours at us - but which city has to put up with the most rain?
Well, if you're saving for a rainy day, you'll need a lot of money to live in Glasgow, which has an average 170.3 a year, reports the Manchester Evening News.
According to Met Office climate record data collected by the Trinity Mirror Data Unit, Huddersfield was snapping at its heels in second place, receiving 154.4 days of rain a year, while Preston, Scotland, gets 153.2 wet days a year.
Manchester found itself in at fourth place with a hefty 151.7 days of rain.
Cardiff and Carlisle make up joint fifth rainiest places with 148.6 days of downpours a year.
Hate rain? Head to the Ipswich, which has the least amount of rainy days in the UK, with only 106.9 washouts.
Cambridge isn't far behind with 107.5 days of the wet stuff, and London is also a "dry zone" with just 56cm of rain a year (the least amount in the UK) and only 109.4 rainy days.
See Britain's top 10 rainiest cities below:
Britain's rainiest cities
Britain's rainiest cities revealed!
It rains for an average of 170.3 days per year in Glasgow, making it Britain's rainiest city. 112cm of rain falls here very year.
It rains on 154.4 days per year in Huddersfield, with an average yearly rainfall of 102.84 cm of rain. While there is more rainfall in Preston and Cardiff, Huddersfield has more rainy days.
It rains on 153.2 days per year in Preston, with 103.36cm of rain.
Manchester sees an average of 151.7 rainy days a year, with 86.7cm of rain.
With 115.9cm of rain annually, Cardiff is the city with the highest amount of rainfall. It rains on 148.6 days per year on average.
With 148.8 days of rain per year, Carlisle sees an average of 87.21cm of rainfall.
It rains on 145.7 days per year on average in Rhyl, with 81.41cm of rainfall.
Gloucester has an average of 145.6 days of rain per year, with 83.34cm of rain.
Blackpool has an average annual rainfall of 88.27cm, and it rains on 145.5 days per year.
It rains on 144.3 days per year in Liverpool with 83.66cm of rain.
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Want to escape the rain completely? Head to one of these idyllic spots for some guaranteed winter sun.
Winter breaks with guaranteed sunshine
Britain's rainiest cities revealed!
Looking for an affordable week in the sun? The Cape Verde islands are located 500km off the coast of West Africa and share African and Portuguese influences. They're not as touristy as the Canary Islands and have gorgeous beaches in Sal and Boa Vista. Cape Verde is also a paradise for surfers, hikers and divers. Sunshine.co.uk offers holidays to Cape Verde in Sal, Boa Vista, Santiago and Sao Vicente.
Spend your festive break exploring the wonderful colonial architecture of Havana and Trinidad, wandering the famed tobacco fields in Vinales, climbing the beautiful Cuban mountain ranges and lounging on Baracoa’s laid-back Caribbean beaches. Prices for a December Cuba holiday with Intrepid start at £689 (excluding flights) for accommodation, city tours and excursions and the services of a tour leader.
Think Canaries, think bring on the Full English? Think again. Lanzarote, an island of brooding volcanoes, has managed to contain its tourist development, allowing its natural beauty to break through. Black volcanic fields, deep green cacti, whitewashed cottages: it’s a landscape to gladden the cool designer’s eye. December may be the beginning of the rainy season but don't let that put you off! The island experiences less than 20 days of rain in an entire year. Stick to the south for warm sunny days on the beach. TravelSupermarket compares cheap holidays to Lanzarote with prices starting from £166 per person in December.
This Indian Ocean island has a formidable reputation for great service wherever you go. Its white-sand beaches, sparkling in the heat in December, are hard to leave, yet there’s so much more to see. This island was an important trading post for merchants - and pirates - over the centuries and the influence of a league of nations lives on, from the bustling streets of Chinatown, in the capital Port Louis, to the serene shores of the sacred Hindu lake Grand Bassin. Turquoise Holidays is offering seven nights at Anahita Golf & Spa Resort, Mauritius from £1,650 per person.
The weather in the Cayman Islands from mid-December is hot and dry with cooling winds making it perfect for long days at the beach. An 80-minute flight from Miami, the Caymans encompass three beautiful islands in the western Caribbean. On Grand Cayman, stroll along coral-sand Seven Mile Beach and swim with yearling green sea turtles in the saltwater lagoon at Cayman Turtle Farm. For an all-in-one Cayman getaway, make family-owned Brac Reef Beach Resort your home base for beachfront lodging, diving, snorkelling, kayaking and birding.
For a Christmas family getaway in the sun, look no further than Portugal's sunny Algarve, where you can enjoy cultural festivals, sandy beaches and winter sunshine! Surrounded by the natural Costa Vicentina Park and a beach on its doorstep, the five-star Martinhal Hotel is perfect for families wanting all the Christmas trimmings as well as some sunshine. The resort will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland with fairy lights, Santa Claus, yuletide food and festive cheer. Take advantage of 27.5 per cent off seven-night half-board stays with Christmas dinner and Christmas day brunch included at just €113.50 (£90) per adult per night in a Hotel Room for a family of two adults, one child under 12 and one baby.
It's an old winter sun favourite and Barbados is the classic Caribbean island for a beach holiday. It's only eight hours away and temperatures reach up to 29 degrees in January with 10 hours of sunshine a day. The island is the culinary capital of the Caribbean and there are spectacular diving sites, as well as idyllic beaches. Virgin Holidays offers Barbados winter deals from £779 for seven nights.
Bali has been revealed as the top long-haul winter sun destination for a bargain by Post Office Travel, with 10 holiday items including an evening meal, suncream, a bottle of water and glass of wine, costing just £40. The spectacular Indonesian island of Bali boasts kilometres of powder soft sand, swathes of lush rice paddies and an engaging native culture. Travelbag offers holidays to Bali from £569 per person.
Cruise holidays are ideal for winter sun seekers who want to experience a variety of sandy beaches, characterful cities and historic harbours, and with its diverse islands, the Caribbean is perfect for a winter break. P&O Cruises offers 15-night Caribbean fly cruises starting from only £1,399 per person, including return flights, resort transfers and 14 nights in an inside cabin with full-board meals and entertainment on board. Departing from and returning to Barbados, the cruise itinerary includes visits to Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Tortola, Curacao and Bonaire.
With temperatures nearing an unbearable 50 degrees in summer, the winter months are ideal for exploring Dubai, when you can escape the cold UK weather and enjoy sunnier climes. If you're a shopaholic, the annual Dubai Shopping Festival takes place from 5 January until 5 February. Around the city, there are great golf clubs, stunning beaches and a buzzing nightlife scene. British Airways offers seven nights in the Melia Dubai from £615 including flights.
The magnificent temples of Angkor have attracted visitors from all over the world for thousands of years. Built from the 9th to 14th centuries - when the Khmer regime was at its most creative - these sites are architectural wonders. Angkor Wat is the largest and most well-preserved monument, and the colonial-style Siem Reap is the nearest town... Stay in the capital, Phnom Penh, which has vibrant nightlife, beautiful pagodas, and the humbling Cheong Ek. Elsewhere, there's beautiful jungle, stunning beaches (try Sihanoukville) and national parks to soak up. Check out the range of holidays on offer from Kuoni, where you can choose from an array of package holidays or organise your own tailor-made trip.
February sees Cape Town in its quieter months, but still in the height of summer - so it's hot (average 27C) and crowd-free! Head to the beautiful V&A waterfront for mooching and shopping, and to get the boat over to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison. Take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, then, after dark, check out Long Street for great clubs and bars. For something a bit swish, check out the popular beach suburb of Camp's Bay - full of shi shi cocktail bars with a view. And don't leave without visiting one of the beautiful vineyards, like Stellenbosch, for a spot of wine-tasting. TripAdvisor features reviews of hotels, attractions and restaurants in Cape Town.
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World's rainiest places: Where NOT to go on holiday if you don't like the rain...
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Cherrapunjee in the East Khasi Hills, India holds the world record for the most rainfall in a month and year. In July 1861 it received a whopping 366 inches and between 1 August 1860 and 31 July 1861, 1,041.75 inches of rain fell. The rains come in from the Bay of Bengal, mainly falling in the morning, making it the ultimate spot to experience an Indian monsoon. Cherrapunjee is also famous for its waterfalls, hills and living root bridges. Travel The Unknown offers a Monsoon Magic holiday (£745 for seven days exc. flights) where you'll experience the infamous Indian summer in Cherrapunjee, visit bustling markets, rolling hills, jaw-dropping waterfalls and the bridges made from trees.
Three of the world's rainiest places are located in the Choco department of Colombia with the whole area receiving an average of 400 inches of annual precipitation. Quibdo, the capital of Choco, is the wettest city in the world and receives 320 inches of rain per year. The town of Lloro has seen the highest average of annual rainfall with an estimated 523.6 inches. Unlike many places that have record rainfall, Tutunendo receives rain distributed throughout the year totalling an enormous 463.4 inches.
The highest of the Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism at 3,099 metres, Mount Emei in Sichuan, receives the highest level of rainfall in China with a yearly average of 68.866 inches. Rain is common year-round but is especially heavy in the summer when more than 70 per cent of the annual total falls from June to September. Weather aside, Mount Emei is a unique place to visit with its many temples and shrines, myths and legends and its mystical sunrise and Clouds Sea. The best way to enjoy Mount Emei is on foot where you'll come across a temple, monastery and snack bar every two to four miles. Just keep an eye out for the pickpockets... the Tibetan Macaques who rifle through rucksacks and like being fed by tourists!
One of the rainiest spots in the world, Mount Waialeale on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, receives an average of 452 inches of rain a year. In 1912 it saw a record 683 inches of rain. It is wettest at higher elevation yet the rain is much heavier and more frequent at the slopes of Waialeale. The steady rainfall and lack of sun stunts the growth of the tropical vegetation, which form a full-on rainforest further down the slopes. But it's not all rain on Kauai. Head 10 miles west of Mount Waialeale and you'll find clear skies, intense sun and dry weather.
The wettest place on record in Europe is the village of Crkvice in the Orjen mountain range of Montenegro. Its average annual precipitation from 1931 to 1960 was 4,927mm and 4,631mm between 1961 and 1990. In 1937 Crkvice saw its all-time historic high at 8,036mm. Being within the Mediterranean subtropical belt makes winter and spring rainy seasons and like monsoon rain, the precipitation is seasonally spread often seeing 2,000 litres of water when there are thunderstorms in November and completely dry weather in August. Part of the Bay of Kotor, the area is a beautiful place to visit in summer, with the picturesque towns of Kotor, Risan and Tivat, plus stunning natural surroundings. Explore Montenegro offers villas for rent in the Bay of Kotor with deals on summer holidays.
The tiny village of Mawsynram in the East Khasi Hills sees an average of 467.4 inches of rain per year. The Guinness Book of World Records says that in 1985 Mawsynram saw a huge 1,000 inches of rainfall. With its subtropical highland climate, the village rarely gets truly hot and one of the reasons for its high rainfall is the moist wind that comes from the Bay of Bengal. Conveniently, Mawsynram is located close to Cherrapunjee - another of the world's wettest places!
This lush island in the Indian Ocean holds the record for the greatest 24-hour precipitation total on Earth. This was in 1952 between 15 and 16 March in Cilaos at the centre of Reunion, which received 73.62 inches of rainfall. The island also received the most rainfall in 72 hours at 154.7 inches at Commerson's Crater in March 2007 from Cyclone Gamede. In 1980 a storm caused the most rainfall over all periods ranging from four to 15 days at Commerson's Crater. The island is located directly in the paths of south-west Indian Ocean tropical cyclones so it often receives direct hits or feels grazing impacts. Reunion is a hiker's paradise with the unique 'cirques', an active volcano on the south coast, waterfalls, beaches and mountains to explore.
As well as a famous film location where The Lord of the Rings was set, Milford Sound boasts one of the world's highest rainfalls per year with approximately 6,500mm of rain falling over 182 days. Surrounded by rainforest with temporary and two permanent waterfalls (Bowen and Stirling), it is considered a drought if the area doesn't receive rain for more than four days as the temporary waterfalls start to dry up! Visit the area during or just after rainfall when the cliffs surrounding the fiord turn into a mystical wall of cascading waterfalls. Southern Discoveries offers Milford Sound cruises on boats that have indoor areas with large viewing windows so you don't have to get wet and large outdoor decks for if you want to experience the Milford weather!
Britain isn't one of the wettest places in the world but we thought you'd be curious to find out which UK spots received the most rain. Some of the rainiest areas of the UK include Northwest Scotland, Cumbria and North Wales, but the spot that has seen the highest rainfall in a 24-hour period is Seathwaite in Cumbria, which received 316.4mm on 19 November 2009. The pretty hamlet in the Lake District's Borrowdale valley is a paradise for walkers and gives hikers access to mountains, like Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Glaramara.
Ever wanted to visit Australia's most sodden spot? Head to Mount Bellenden Ker in Queensland, Australia, which sees an average of 327.2 inches of rain a year and holds the record for the highest rainfall in a year at 490.6 inches in 2000 and the most rain in a month when it received 212.1 inches in January 1979. The area of Bellenden Ker at the base of Mount Bellenden Ker boasts diverse landscapes, waterfalls and over 40 scenic drives.