‘In London it rains a lot’. It’s one of those set phrases a topic, which has haunted the Kingdom’s capital since time immemorial. Like British punctuality. However, what if it’s just a myth? What if it doesn’t really rain as much or, at least, not as much as in other European cities? In the last hours it has viralized a map in which you can see the average number of days of rain and snow in some of the main cities of the Old Continent. This one makes one thing clear: London is not the rainiest city of those that appear in it.
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The data shows that capitals like Paris and Brussels they are more rainy with an average of 111 days and 199 compared to 109 in London, the Belgian being the first in the ranking. In Spain, the cities that ‘win’ the London capita on wet days are Pontevedra and Bilbao, with 133 and 128, respectively. Of course, Barcelona and Madrid, with 55 and 63 days of water, are much drier than London.
All these statistics can be consulted on the specialized website Current Results. Wheather and Science facts. There, in addition to the average number of days, you can see the water amount, important fact to take into account. Thus, for example, returning to the case of London, its record is an average of 556.26 centimeters compared to 853.44 in Brussels and 637.54 in Paris. It is still below.
When looking at the complete table offered by this site specialized in data related to meteorology, it can be seen that although Brussels would be the European capital with the most rainy days, it is not where more water falls. For instance, in glasgow, where it rains 170 days a year, does it with more forcefulness. The highest data of the cities included in the measurements is Podgorica (Montenegro). There, with 101 days of rain, the measurement is 1,125.22 centimeters.
As explained in Current Results, the tables published on their website have been made taking into account the snowiest rains in the main cities of Europe, including the total number of days and “normal amount of precipitation”. The criteria for including a city has been that it was a capital or had a population of more than one million inhabitants. On the other hand, to count a day, a precipitation of at least one millimeter must have been recorded.
If anyone is curious to know which is the sunniest european city, is it would not be Madrid, with fame in that sense. With 2,957 hours a year, Valletta, the capital of Malta, has that position among those included in the table. In the capital of Spain, where it rains little, there are 2,769 hours of sunshine a year, behind other cities such as Lisbon (2,799), Marseille (2,858) and Athens (2,771). In London they enjoy 1,410 hours and in Brussels, the rainiest capital, 1,546 hours.