Half April’s rainfall in less than 24 hours

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SUSSEX was soaked by more than half the average expected rainfall for the month of April in less than 24 hours this weekend.

Ian Michaelwaite, of www.netweather.tv, said Wiggonholt topped the charts with 32.4mm and many other areas saw more than 25mm through Saturday night and Sunday.

“Today’s brief respite is welcome, but unfortunately short lived as a further band of heavy rain arrives from the south east later today,” he said.

“The gusty wind will start to build again in the late afternoon, peaking at around 40-50mph before midnight, accompanied by some heavy and persistent rainfall which eases into the early hours of Tuesday before clearing the area during the morning.

“The worst of the rain will pass to the west of us, with up to 20mm locally in Sussex, but typically less than 15mm across the region.

“So May isn’t promising much change in the weather.

“Though the rest of the working week looks to be much drier, and even quite mild at times, the Bank Holiday is still some time ahead, but at the moment it’s not going to be a barbecue and garden party long weekend, with more rain and some chilly temperatures on the cards.”