Wettest January day since 1954

Date published: 23 January 2021

Tuesday 19 January was the wettest January day in Rochdale since 1954, as almost half a month’s rainfall fell in just one day.

The Met Office has confirmed 46.8mm of rain fell in the borough with the arrival of Storm Christoph, which brought heavy rainfall and localised flooding.

The average rainfall for Rochdale during January is 112.17mm, with the highest level of 265.4mm recorded in January 2008.

2008 was also Rochdale’s wettest year on record (records date back to 1949), with 1,501.7mm of rain.


The River Roch in Rochdale town centre at 1pm Wednesday 20 January 2021


For Greater Manchester, which has an older record, the wettest January on record is 1928 with 245.2mm. The wettest year for the region as a whole was 2012 with 1,430mm of rainfall.

Recently, 2020 was named one of the warmest years on record for Greater Manchester, whilst February 2020 was one of the wettest months experienced.


The wettest July on record was that of 2019 – which also saw the hottest day since records began – and the previous year was named the UK’s second sunniest year on record.




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