Fourth-wettest year since 1848 and a month's rain in one week
THIS year has been the fourth-wettest in Derby since 1848, according to a local weatherman.
Amateur weatherman Philip Singleton, of Chaddesden, said that from Wednesday, December 19, to Christmas Eve, the city experienced 76mm of rain.
The average rainfall for December is 67mm.
Mr Singleton said: "In seven days we have had more than you would expect to see for the entire month of December."
And Croft Engineering in Draycott has been feeling the consequences of the wet weather. The firm is mopping up the mess after water from the swollen Trent flooded its workshop on Christmas Eve – the second time in the last month.
Manager Malcolm Dexter said: "The last time Croft flooded was 15 years ago and now it's happened twice in the last month.
"The water started to come in on December 21 and there was about a foot in the lower floor of the workshop.
"We've managed to pump most of it out now and are just dealing with the aftermath.
"I think it will happen again as soon as there is more rain. Something needs to be done to stop it happening, but I just don't know what."
Derby has experienced 40% more rain so far this year than it would expect in an average year.
Mr Singleton said: "We're on course for a record-breaking year. The records I have for Derby go back more than 160 years and 2012 is currently the fourth-wettest year. The wettest year to date was 1848 when Derby had 1,018mm of rain.
"The average for Derby for a year is 697mm and we have beaten that already as we have had 975mm of rain."
But, despite large volumes of rain causing flooding across the county over the festive period, the next few days will see lower rainfall.
Met Office forecaster Helen Chivers said: "The rain will be noticeable in the wind today but it will not be terribly heavy. It's going to be very mild and windy and temperatures will reach 12 degrees, possibly 13."
She said that there would be rain on Friday evening but this was expected to be "short-lived".
She added: "Over the next couple of days, the rain will not amount to a great deal.
"This changeable weather is expected in December. It comes as the Atlantic depression brings wind and rain from the west."
There are no current flood warnings for the Derby or Derbyshire area.
But a spokeswoman for the Environment Agency said that there was an ongoing problem of surface water and sewer water in the Scropton area of Egginton which was currently being dealt with by Severn Trent Water.