Think London, think umbrella! It’s obvious really!
Whether you have in mind those bowler-hatted gentlemen with tightly furled brollies marching across a London bridge heading to an office somewhere in the rush hour, or those pesky Russian spies surreptitiously delivering lethal injections to other Russian spies in the Cold War. Or you may even think of the disappointed sigh that accompanies the unfurling of multiple bright umbrellas as the rain starts and the sportsmen retire at Wimbledon or Lord’s Cricket Ground.
And this got Good To See thinking! What are the wettest capital cities in the World? That blew our mind a bit, so then we wondered what are the wettest capital cities in Europe!
The wettest capital cities Of Europe
Did you know that, even with its reputation, London is not the wettest capital city in Europe?
It is not even in the top 10. Staggeringly it is the 33rd wettest! Berlin, the first city to get its own Rainmap umbrella is only 34th and Paris doesn’t fair much better – coming in at 24th.
So, as everyone loves a table, here are the wettest capital cities in Europe and their relevent annual rainfalls.
1st Wettest Podgorica (Montenegro) 1658mm
2nd wettest Ljubljana (Slovenia) 1368mm
3rd wettest Andorra la Vella (Andorra) 1329mm
4th wettest Tirana (Albania) 1265mm
5th wettest Bern (Switzerland) 1028mm
6th wettest Vaduz (Liechtenstein) 970mm
7th wettest Amsterdam (The Netherlands) 915mm
8th wettest Luxembourg (Luxembourg) 876mm
9th wettest Zagreb (Croatia) 856mm
10th wettest Brussels (Belgium) 852mm
11th wettest Reykjavik (Iceland) 842mm
12th wettest Rome (Italy) 804mm
13th wettest Lisbon (Portugal) 774mm
14th wettest Monaco (Monaco) 769mm
15th wettest Oslo (Norway) 763mm
16th wettest Dublin (Ireland) = 714mm
24th wettest Paris (France) = 650mm
33rd wettest London (United Kingdom) = 592mm
34th wettest Berlin (Germany) = 570mm
Super, I hope that is of use to you all when you are planning on what to take when you go city breaking round Europe!
Tourist Rain Inches
But this wasn’t enough for us – oh no, not for Good To See!
You might think that umbrellas and waterproof coats are of most use in the wettest cities. But that depends on the number of visiting tourists – we have to factor in how popular a place is to visit.
I am sure it is not purely down to the rain, but it is fairly clear to see that, when it comes to popularity, the list is rather turned on its head! So the number of tourists who will benefit from an umbrella is rather low in Podgorica whereas the 17 million tourists who have to deal with the mediocre amount of rain, that London has to offer, whilst exploring Theatreland, will find it very useful.
So as we like to provide a bit of a service here at Good To See, we created a little equation to combine these two tables and see where an umbrella would be of most benefit.
This is our top 10 table of cities where umbrellas and macintoshes could potential keep off the most “tourist inches” of rainfall.
London (United Kingdom)
I am sure that umbrella sellers in London and Paris and even Berlin will feel justified in setting up shop in these cities.
But it seems they are missing a trick with Rome and Amsterdam! BUT HOLD ON! Andorra?
Square Tourist Rain Inches
Yes! Even Good To See had come up short in its attempts to get to the facts! Andorra demonstrated a hole in our reasoning! The need for an umbrella shouldn’t be just measured on how much rain it keeps off how many tourists. It also needs to be measured in how far visitors will walk and therefore how long they will spend out on the roads! The whole country of Andora can fit three times into Greater London! There are only 320km of roads in the whole Andorra. There are more roads in the single London borough of Lambeth alone!
So if we factor in a city’s square mileage, we see some changes!
London (United Kingdom)
Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Paris should actually be higher because it discounts a lot of what you and I would call Paris but the French don’t – it’s all about “arrondissements”.
Of course we could have gone further: we could have included road miles, number of junctions, hours of darkness, clarity of signs etc, but to be honest, it was lunchtime!
So if you are looking to go to one of our top 10 cities I would suggest buying a brollie.
All data has been taken from the internet. We can’t be held reponsible for its accuracy but it seems close enough!