What do you know about the wettest place in the world?
October 31, 2015
We love a good moan about the weather in this country, but do we really have it that bad in comparison to other places in the world? Did you know that the wettest place in the world is Mawsynram, a village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state in north-eastern India?
Mawsynram is considered to be wettest place on Earth, succumbing to an average annual rainfall of 11,872 millimetres (467.4 in).
However, just to throw a spanner in the works, that claim is disputed by Lloró, Colombia, which reported an average yearly rainfall of 12,717 millimetres (500.7 in) between 1952 and 1989 and López de Micay, also in Colombia, which reported 12,892 mm (507.6 in) per year between 1960 and 2012.
The Guinness Book of World Records states that Mawsynram received 26,000 millimetres (1,000 in) of rainfall in 1985, which would take them well above the claims made by Lloró and López de Micay officials.
The village of Mawsynram is located at an altitude of around 1,400 metres (4,600 ft.), approximately 16 km west of Cherrapunji, in the Khasi Hills. The name of the village contains Maw, a name bestowed by the local Khasi people meaning stone, and thus is thought to refer to certain megaliths in the surrounding area. Khasi Hills are rich with such megaliths.
Climate and rainfall
Under the Köppen climate classification, Mawsynram possesses a subtropical highland climate with an extremely rainy and lengthy monsoonal season. Based on the data of a recent few decades, it certainly does appear to be the wettest place in the world, or the at least the place with the highest average annual rainfall.
Mawsynram receives almost 10 metres of rain in on average, annually. The vast majority of it falls during the monsoon months.
Primarily due to the high altitude, it seldom gets truly hot in Mawsynram. On average, monthly temperatures vary from around 11 degrees Celsius in January to just exceeding 20 degrees Celsius during August.
The village also experiences a brief but noticeably drier season from December until February, when monthly precipitation on average does not exceed 30 millimetres (1.2 inches).
We’re not sure if our range of large umbrellas would be of any help to the people of Mawsynram, but for our rainy days you can bet that they won’t let you down! Why not take a look at our range and see how we can keep you nice and dry?