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Wettest April on record as places across Scotland see torrential rain

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Only halfway through the month and places across Scotland have had their wettest April on record amid astonishing downpours.

Most of the country has had 100% of its usual April rainfall – while Edinburgh is among the palces that have had more than double the normal levels.

Some of you will have had kids climbing the walls over the last two weeks looking to be entertained by despondent parents who thought it’d be a fortnight of days out and picnics in the park.

In the last few days there have been some torrential downpours, one of which brought around two day’s worth of rain to Renfrewshire in less than an hour at 1am on Monday morning.

It’s these downpours that have tipped Bishopton in Renfrewshire into having its wettest April on record.

Bishopton has had 119mm so far this April, which is equivalent to 49 day’s worth of rain in the first 15 days of the month.

Strathallan in Perth and Kinross has also had its wettest April with 113mm falling since the start of the month, exceeding its previous record by 14mm already.

Threave and Dundrennan in Dumfries and Galloway, as well as Edinburgh city centre are just a few days away from their wettest April on record too.

Stirling, Bannockburn, Grangemouth, Bo’ness, Linlithgow, Aberlady and Haddington have had double the rainfall we’d usually expect for the whole month – that’s about eight week’s worth of rain in just two weeks.

What’s the outlook?

The next few days will be drier for southern and eastern Scotland while showers continue in the north, but more rain will affect the whole country on Thursday with up to 10mm across the north west Highlands.

This weekend will finally see pressure building across the country which will allow things to settle down and become drier, with this lasting into next week.

This will at least give us a pause in the rising rainfall figures, however it looks like showery weather will return in the last week of the month.

Looking into May there’s a signal that pressure will be higher in the north of the country meaning the wettest weather is likely to move south across England and Wales.

What this would mean though, is that an easterly airflow could setup across Scotland with the east of the country facing some of the wettest conditions going into the new month.

Let’s just hope that May can pull something out of the bag for the end of spring.

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