This month has been the wettest February the UK has had in six years – and more rain is still yet to come, the Met Office has warned.
Forecasters warned of further wet weather, predicting a month's worth of rain to fall on Thursday alone.
Several weather warnings have been issued this week as large parts of the country have been left underwater after heavy flooding.
Now, Met Office forecaster Craig Snell has said this month's average rainfall currently stands at 133mm across the whole UK, and that was last beaten in 2014 when it hit 168mm.
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According to records, 1990 had the rainiest February with an average rainfall of 193mm, and while Mr Snell said this month is a long way off that, he wouldn't be surprised if 2020 reached the top 10 over the next eight days.
"We are not too far away, we have got further heavy rain coming through over the next few days and the top 10 wettest [February] wouldn't be a stretch, but we have got a long way to go to beat the record," he told Mirror Online.
However, the forecaster emphasised certain parts of the UK have been hit by "much higher" rainfall than 133mm this month, despite the average.
Last February, meanwhile, saw an "exceptionally low" average of just 79.9mm rainfall, meaning it was record breaking for how dry it was.
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The Met Office said more rain in northern England this weekend could lead to further flooding in already sensitive areas.
The Environment Agency has warned of worsening conditions across the Pennines and parts of Yorkshire, adding ongoing river flooding remains "probable" for the English-Welsh border around the River Severn for the rest of the week.
Today there are five severe flood warnings which pose a danger to life and less serious 81 flood warnings in place.
The more extreme warnings remain near the English-Welsh border, around the rivers Severn, Wye, and Lugg, where many people have already experienced flooding.
The Met Office has issued weather warnings for rain for central and south-western Scotland all day Friday, and parts of Yorkshire for Friday morning.
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While Wales will not be hit with more deluges of rain on Friday, meteorologist Mr Snell said: "There are no signs of anything majorly dry coming through which is what people need in the flood-hit areas.
He continued: "From the word go on Friday we'll be having rain into parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northwest England and it's really going to set in there throughout the day.
"The other talking point for Friday will be the strength of the wind, it's going to be quite gusty in the north."
Honister Pass in Cumbria, one of the wettest areas of the UK annually, recorded 185mm of rain in 36 hours on Thursday while 72 mm was recorded in Shap, Cumbria.
Capel Curig in Snowdonia, north Wales, recorded 86mm of rain in 36 hours after setting Wednesday's record for rain with 80mm in a single day.
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Northern parts of England could see winds up to 65mph on Friday, which could cause transport delays and adverse driving conditions.
The Met Office has said Yorkshire is one of the most sensitive areas to rain at the moment, with only small amounts of rain potentially causing further flooding.
Mr Snell said: "Rainfall amounts tomorrow are not exactly too high but the warning is because the ground is so wet."
The northern county is expected to see 20-30mm of rain falling, which could increase to 60-80mm in some areas.
"Given the recent wet conditions, even that amount of rainfall may cause some further flooding to occur," Mr Snell added.
The weekend is expected to bring more wet weather, with the possibility of sleet and snow on high ground in Scotland.
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Mr Snell said: "Saturday is going to be a day of sunshine and gusty showers, the showers wintry across the north, chiefly across the high ground and we could see a bit of wintriness at lower levels but nothing amounting to too much at the moment."
Mr Snell added the Met Office are monitoring an area of low pressure approaching the UK which could bring another spell of strong winds to Scotland, northern Ireland and northern England.
He said: "Combined with the wind we would see the risk of further heavy rainfall and also potentially some snow as well for Scotland."
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