MORE than half of this month’s expected rainfall lashed Portsmouth in just 12 hours.
Figures from the Met Office’s Thorney Island weather base, in Emsworth, recorded 1.8in of rainfall yesterday.
The average for the whole month is normally 2.8in.
Weather experts said the heavy rainfall was due to isolated showers travelling south from the Atlantic which had headed straight for Portsmouth.
In contrast, Shoreham weather station, further east on the south coast, recorded just 0.07ins of rain yesterday.
More showers are expected today, with clear skies this evening.
Friday will see dry spells and temperatures of 15C (59F). Temperatures over the weekend will reach 17C (62.6F).
Dan Williams of the Met Office, said: ‘The weekend will be dry and a welcome respite from this week’s showers.’