Here in the UK, you will often find people moaning about how much rain we get. “It rains here all the time” people will often say. But that is not true at all, in fact, none of the world’s wettest cities is here in the UK. We are pretty dry compared to this lot…
The Top 10 Wettest Cities the World (Average Rainfall)
10 – Mangalore, India (Average Annual Rainfall: 3,398 mm)
Wiki Info: Mangalore, officially known as Mangaluru, is the chief port city of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is known as Kudla in Tulu, Kodial in Konkani, Maikāla in Beary and Mangaluru in Kannada. It is located about 220 mi west of the state capital, Bengaluru between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain ranges.
9 – Ambon, Maluku (Average Annual Rainfall: 3,530 mm)
Wiki Info: The city is classified as one of the main cities in Eastern Indonesia based on the economic growth and development . Ambon was shocked by social unrest motivated by racial intolerance between 1996-2002. However, nowadays Ambon City has been improving itself to becoming one of the most advanced cities in eastern Indonesia
8 – Freetown, Sierra Leone (Average Annual Rainfall: 3,639 mm)
Wiki Info: The city’s economy revolves largely around its harbour, which occupies a part of the estuary of the Sierra Leone River in one of the world’s largest natural deep-water harbours.
7 – Cayenne, French Guiana (Average Annual Rainfall: 3,744 mm)
Wiki Info: Cayenne is the capital city of French Guiana, an overseas region and department of France located in South America. The city stands on a former island at the mouth of the Cayenne River on the Atlantic coast. The city’s motto is “fert aurum industria” which means “work brings wealth”.
6 – Douala, Cameroon (Average Annual Rainfall: 4,109 mm)
Wiki Info: Settlements had already existed in present-day Douala prior to the arrival of the Portuguese, British, and Germans; however, it was during the German colonization that the city began to develop rapidly as a commercial and political hub of the German colonial administration.
5 – Bongao, Indonesia (Average Annual Rainfall: 4,225 mm)
Wiki Info: Bongao is a second income class municipality and the capital of the province of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 100,527 people. The municipality’s territory includes Bongao Island, Sanga-Sanga Island, Pababag Island, as well as the western end of Tawitawi Island.
4 – Conakry, Guinea (Average Annual Rainfall: 4,341 mm)
Wiki Info: Conakry is the capital and largest city of Guinea. Conakry is a port city on the Atlantic Ocean and serves as the economic, financial and cultural centre of Guinea. Its population as of the 2014 Guinea census was 1,660,973 Originally situated on Tombo Island, one of the Îles de Los, it has since spread up the neighbouring Kaloum Peninsula.
3 – Padang, Indonesia (Average Annual Rainfall:4,452 mm)
Wiki Info: Padang is the capital of the province of West Sumatra in Indonesia. It is the largest city on the western coast of Sumatra. Before Indonesia’s independence, Padang was one of the major cities in the Dutch East Indies. Padang is one of the cleanest big cities in Indonesia. Padang has received the “Adipura” (cleanest and greenest city) award in the category of a large city 17 times.
2 – Moulmein, Burma (Average Annual Rainfall: 4,820 mm)
Wiki Info: It is said to derive from Mot-Mua-Lum, meaning “one eye destroyed”. According to legend, a Mon king had a powerful third eye in the centre of his forehead, able to see what was happening in neighbouring kingdoms. The daughter of one of the neighbouring kings was given in marriage to the three-eyed king and managed to destroy the third eye.
1 – Monrovia, Liberia (Average Annual Rainfall: 5,131 mm)
Wiki Info: Monrovia is the capital city of the West African country of Liberia. Located on the Atlantic Coast at Cape Mesurado, Monrovia had a population of 1,010,970 as of the 2008 census. With 29% of the total population of Liberia, Monrovia is the country’s most populous city.