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The Wettest Places In The World

There are reasons why we have a lot of words for the weather in different languages. Some places in the world talk in terms of slight showers and trickles of rain. Elsewhere, it’s more in terms of the deluge, downpours and monsoons. If you think you’ve seen rain in Britain, where the average rainfall is around 885mm per year, that’s absolutely nothing compared with some other parts of the world. With that in mind, here are the wettest places in the world.

There are reasons why some places are luscious with greenery and vibrant with life, and others are sparse and barren and dry. The flourishing areas that are teeming with nature tend also to be the places where it rains a lot. And we’re talking serious weather. So if you’re planning a trip to try out your new umbrella, here’s a list of the 10 places you’re most likely to need it.

At number 10, Emei Shan in China is known to be cool and misty, and it’s a sacred Buddhist site with a 3099m high mountain. The rainfall here provides a relief from the heat, and it averages around 8169mm annually.

Kukui in Maui, Hawaii comes next. Here you can expect an average rainfall of 9293mm, but other sites in Hawaii have even more rain. Mt Waialeale in Kauai, is calculated to have a 9763 average, while Big Bog in Maui, Hawaii tips over the 10,000mm limit by another 272mm, making it (fun fact!) the wettest place in the USA. So that’s 9, 8 and 7.

After that we have Debundscha, Cameroon, where the rain pours down at an average rate of 10,299mm per year, making it the sixth wettest place on the list.

So then into the top five rainy places worldwide. Yes, it gets even wetter than Cameroon.

At 5, we have San Antonio de Ureca, which is on the mountainous and volcanic island of Bioko in Equatorial Guinea. Here the average annual rainfall is around 10,450mm.

Australia may conjure up images of heat and sunshine, but nearby New Zealand takes the fourth spot on our list, with Cropp River boasting an impressive 11,516mm per year of rain. At this point, you might need a raincoat and a change of clothes as well as an umbrella!

Out of our top three extreme wet weather locations, two are found in India. The other, Tutendo in Colombia, South America makes the third entry, with a total of 11,770mm annual rainfall. Probably leave the telescopic umbrella for a trip like this. Go for something a little more robust. Or maybe a submarine.

And so to India, and specifically to Maghalaya State, which takes the two top spots on our top 10 of rainfall worldwide. In Cherrapunji rain falls annually to a depth of 11,777mm, but it’s even wetter in Mawsynram with its 11,871mm average annual rainfall.

All that to say, golf umbrellas tend to be a good bet in extreme conditions, or ones with vents that let the breeze through, but to be honest, if you’re off to Mawsynram, you’re probably going to get wet…

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