Gardeners and farmers either complain about there being not enough rain, or too much. For the rest of us, though, rain is just something we have to put up with. But if you’re planning to visit one of the world’s most rain-drenched cities, you’d better remember to bring some stout galoshes, a sturdy umbrella and a reliable waterproof coat.
20. Glasgow, Scotland
Scotland’s largest city – which gets 44 inches of rain each year – lies close to the country’s drizzle-sodden west coast. If you’re visiting Glasgow, you’ll have to hope that you’re lucky enough to come on one of the 195 days in an average year when it doesn’t rain, rather than the other 170 when it does. You had better, then, bring an umbrella – and a raincoat.
19. Tokyo, Japan
It’s a fair bet that most of Tokyo’s 13.5 million citizens own umbrellas and raincoats, since the annual average rainfall there is more than 60 inches. You’re most likely, though, to get a soaking in the Japanese capital during the spring and summer months. And if you really like rain, visit in June, the wettest month of all. For your best chance of avoiding rain, however, arrive in Tokyo in January.
18. Hilo, Hawaii
Hilo, a city on the archipelago state of Hawaii, has a tropical rainforest climate. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that it gets lots and lots of rain – indeed, the city’s annual average is more than 126 inches. In fact, rain falls on Hilo for 272 days a year, which makes it the northern hemisphere’s wettest destination. Plan, then, for a possible soaking when you visit.
17. Bergen, Norway
Bergen, Norway’s second largest city after Oslo, sees around 89 inches of rain each year. To put it another way, that’s well over 7 feet of water. Rain fell there for 85 days straight between October 2006 and January 2007, and you can expect to get wet, on average, for 231 days each year. With this in mind, your best chance of staying dry is to visit in May, the month with the least rain.
16. New Orleans, Louisiana
Famous as a party city thanks to its Mardi Gras, the hardy citizens of New Orleans don’t let the 62 inches of annual rain dampen their spirits. And that’s despite the fact that it rains on about 115 days every year. Visit New Orleans in October for your best hope of avoiding rain, while if it doesn’t bother you, you won’t mind going there in August, the rainiest month.
15. Monrovia, Liberia
Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, is located on the African country’s Atlantic coast and it seems to be a magnet for rain. Indeed, a whopping 182 inches of water falls on the city every year, earning it the dubious honor of being the world’s wettest capital. Monrovia’s driest month is January, while the wettest time of the year is June.
Lying close to the equator, the city state of Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate, and that of course means that rain is abundant. The average annual rainfall is 92 inches which means that the heavens, unfortunately, open every second day over the course of the year. Oh, and that rain can be absolutely torrential. In just one day in 1978, for example, more than 20 inches fell.
13. Mumbai, India
Mumbai, once known as Bombay, has a drenched population of more than 18 million. The monsoon hits the Indian city in June and lasts until September, or sometimes longer. This means that Mumbai sees around 89 inches of rain a year, despite the relatively low 79 rainy days in an average year. Your best chance of avoiding a soaking is to visit in January, February or March, which are the driest months.
12. Tully, Australia
Tully is in the northeastern corner of Australia, about 15 miles inland from the Coral Sea. It gets drenched by an astonishing annual rainfall of 160 inches in an average year. And in 1950, no less than 310 inches fell on the unfortunate inhabitants. However, they’ve made light of their plight by erecting a 26-foot golden gumboot in their city. The galosh has an interior spiral staircase so that you can climb it for a better view of the rain.
11. Whittier, Alaska
Whittier is not only the wettest city in Alaska – it’s also the most sodden place anywhere in the U.S. It holds that unenviable distinction because of the 198 inches of rain it gets each year, which is well over 16 feet. Whittier only has a population of 214, so each of them has more – much more – than their fair share of rain.
10. Quibdó, Colombia
The Colombian city of Quibdó is surrounded by the Chocó rainforest, which sees rain falling freely and frequently. So much so, in fact, that the city itself has a staggering 320 inches of rain tumbling down upon it during an average year. That volume of water means that rain falls for no less than 304 days each year. In other words, there are just 61 rainless days.
9. Mobile, Alabama
Overlooking Mobile Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, the port city of Mobile has a mild sub-tropical climate. In fact, its annual average rainfall of 66 inches makes it the wettest American city outside Alaska. Rain falls on around 115 days each year, so if you’re thinking of setting up a rainwear retail business, this might be the location to go for.
8. Taipei, Taiwan
Taiwan’s capital Taipei is at the northern end of the island country and it receives an annual rainfall of around 95 inches. That’s less than some, but more than enough to make packing waterproofs essential if you’re planning a visit. Each year, Taipei citizens can expect 165 days of rain, while from June to September there’s the monsoon – which is sometimes joined by typhoons.
7. Abbotsford, British Columbia
Set in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley, Abbotsford is less than five miles from the U.S.-Canada border. Average annual rainfall is around 58 inches a year and in addition, you can add a frosty 55 inches of snow. So if you’re planning to visit, you’ll just have to hope that it’s not on one of the 180 days that it rains in an average year.
6. Douala, Cameroon
Douala is the largest city of Cameroon. It’s a thriving port city on the west coast of Africa, by the Gulf of Guinea. The city is in a region with a tropical monsoon climate, so from June to October it can get very wet. Indeed, the annual rainfall is a soaking 142 inches, and the good folks of Douala get 215 rainy days in an average year.
5. Podgorica, Montenegro
Podgorica is the capital city of Montenegro, a small country with the Adriatic Sea to its west and Serbia to its east. The city sees around 65 inches of rain in an average year and it rains on an average 122 days each year. It’s quite dry during the summer months, though, and it can get very hot – with a record temperature of 114° F in August 2007.
4. Belém, Brazil
The city of Belém is in northern Brazil, and it sits on the Pará River which flows towards the Atlantic, some 60 miles away. Average annual rainfall is 115 inches, and rain falls from the skies on 221 days in an average year. This is pretty much what you’d expect in a city that’s built in a region with a tropical rainforest climate and therefore has no real dry season.
3. Colombo, Sri Lanka
If you visit Sri Lanka’s largest city, Colombo, between May and August or October and January, you will in fact be hit by the region’s two monsoon seasons, which feature rain aplenty. In an average year some 99 inches of rain fall on Colombo, and it rains on 145 days. When it’s not pouring it tends to be hot and sunny, so pack factor-50 sunscreen and a decent umbrella.
2. Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver has earned the nicknames of “Rain City” and “Raincouver” by virtue of the fact that its downtown gets about 63 inches of rain each year. North Vancouver, however, beats that hands-down with a sopping 80 inches. Most of the rain falls in winter, so visit in summer if you want to keep dry. October 2016 was especially wet and miserable, with a record-breaking 28 days of rain.
1. Buffalo, New York
Overlooking Lake Erie and set at the head of the Niagara River, Buffalo’s average annual rainfall is some 40 inches. And this total is supplemented by more than 94 inches of snow. But sticking to rainfall, it pours from the skies on around 166 days every year, so don’t forget your raincoat.