A NEW report has revealed that Bradford is the wettest city in Yorkshire and one of the rainiest cities in the UK.
Bradford was ranked as the seventh rainiest city in Britain in the study – and is the third wettest English city.
More than a metre of rain falls on the city every year, with Bradford experiencing 152 days of rain every 12 months.
While it has more rainy days, Bradford falls behind the UK’s wettest city, Cardiff, which has 1,152mm of rain every year compared to Bradford’s 1,024mm.
Britain’s smallest city, St David’s in Wales, came second on the list – compiled by rainwater harvesting company Freeflush, using data from the Met Office – followed by Glasgow and Bangor.
Truro in Cornwall is the highest-ranked English city, in fifth place, followed by Preston.
Leeds was ranked eighth wettest city in Britain, and other Yorkshire cities Sheffield 19th, Hull 44th, Ripon 51st, York 52nd, and Wakefield 56th.
Bradford and Leeds receive identical rainfall each year, while Sheffield enjoys 20 fewer rainy days and 191mm less rainfall every year.
Hull receives 680mm and 123 days of rainfall, with Ripon and York receiving 643mm and 626mm of rain and 118 and 117 rainy days, respectively.
Yorkshire’s driest city, Wakefield, sees just 603mm of rain and has to put up with only 114 days of rain every year.
London, is the country’s driest city, with just 557mm and 109 days of rainfall every year.
Kevin Wadsworth, Met Office adviser for civil contingencies in Yorkshire, said geography was the main reason for the differences in rainfall.
He said: “The way it works is the further west we go in Yorkshire and the higher up you go, the more rain there is.
“This is mainly because in the UK we have a south-westerly wind which hits the west first, and by the time it gets across the county there is less rain in the clouds.
“The difference in rainfall between Bradford and other cities in Yorkshire will simply be because Bradford is further west and at a higher altitude.
“As we get further west the rainfall figures increase significantly.”