25 Rainy Cities That Will Make You Wish You Had An Umbrella

Posted by , Updated on April 22, 2024

From bustling cities to quaint small towns, there are places where rain is a frequent part of life. While most people might prefer to stay indoors and hope for the rainfall to cease, the inhabitants of these consistently sodden cities don’t hesitate to don their rain jackets and continue with their daily lives. No matter your opinion on rain, its importance to our planet is indisputable. So, get ready to pull on your rain boots and splash in some puddles as we reveal 25 Rainy Cities That Will Make You Wish You Owned An Umbrella.


Manchester, England, United Kingdom

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Although it may not get as much rain as some other English cities in terms of amount, Manchester averages 140 to 150 rainy days every year. Plan on packing a raincoat; Manchester didn’t get its rainy reputation for being dry.


Kochi, India

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This major port city in southern India is subject to a tropical monsoon climate and high temperatures all year. It gets nearly 120 inches (3000 mm) of rain annually, most of which falls between the months of May and October.


Taipei, Taiwan

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Taipei is usually warm and sunny, with light showers that pass quickly and give way to blue skies. You may want to be careful if visiting between the months of July and September however; Taiwan is hit by three or four typhoons ever year that can drop over 100 inches (2500 mm) of rain in just a few months.


Juneau, Alaska, United States

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Due to its situation at the bottom of a valley, bad weather tends to settle down right on top of this large Alaskan city. If you’re somebody who likes mountains, wilderness, rain, snow, and the cold, then this is the place for you, but if you like being able to see the sun…maybe not so much.


Cologne, Germany

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One of the warmest cities in Germany, Cologne is no stranger to a little rain. With over 150 rainy days every year, this city is one of the wettest in Germany and due to it’s proximity to the Rhine River, is also at the most risk of flooding.


Glasgow, Scotland, United Kigdom

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Although the weather in Glasgow can be unpredictable, the one thing you can usually count on is the rain. Averaging about 170 wet days annually, this Scottish city experiences more rainy days than any other city in Great Britain.


Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Thanks to the North Sea, Amsterdam maintains a fairly cool climate regardless of the season. On average, the city only sees about 30 inches (750 mm) of rain per year; however, rain is always a possibility regardless of the season and often comes without warning.


Tokyo, Japan

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For most of the year, the weather in Tokyo is perfect for walking around and enjoying the scenery. Come summer, however, it becomes hot and wet. The rainy season typically lasts from June through October and makes up a majority of the rain experienced.


Seattle, Washington, United States

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Don’t expect a downpour; despite having a reputation as one of America’s rainiest cities, Seattle may only get about 40 inches (1000 mm) of rainfall in a year. The reputation isn’t entirely undeserved though as what Seattle lacks in inches it makes up for in sheer frequency.


Brussels, Belgium

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With a similar Climate to London or Amsterdam, if visiting Brussels, you should expect a lot of overcast skies and light, misty rain. It’s always smart to carry an umbrella in your bag, even if the forecast tells you not to worry.


Hilo, Hawaii, United States

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Located on Hawaii’s largest island, Hilo gets hit with over 130 inches (3300 mm) of precipitation every year and experiences almost 280 rainy days annually. Its tropical climate and substantial rainfall make it one of the wettest cities in the US.


What other US cities made this list? Keep reading to find out!


New York City, New York, United States

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Although it typically doesn’t get more than 50 inches (1300 mm) of precipitation annually, New York City can experience over 120 rainy days in a year. The metropolis also happens to be the northernmost major city that has a humid subtropical climate.


Hong Kong

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Annual rainfall in Hong Kong can range from about 50 inches (1000 mm) of rainfall to over 120 inches (3000 mm). However, a large majority of the precipitation happens between May and September due to frequent thunderstorms and typhoons.


Bergen, Norway

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Receiving almost 90 inches (2300 mm) of rain every year, Bergen is one of the rainiest cities in the Nordic countries. It is also one of the warmest thanks to its proximity to the gulf stream and surrounding mountains to the north.


New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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With the Mississippi River on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, New Orleans is almost as associated with water as it is with beautiful architecture and wild parties. The city can get upwards of 60 inches (15oo mm) of rain in a year, and its summers are notoriously hot and humid. Its position and low elevation make it incredibly susceptible to hurricanes and flooding.


Monrovia, Liberia

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With an average of 202 inches (5100 mm) of annual rainfall and over 180 wet days each year, Monrovia is the wettest capital city in the world. The wet season lasts from May to December, and precipitation is common even in the drier months.



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At one and a half degrees north of the Equator, Singapore has little to no seasonal variance. What it does have, however, are two monsoon seasons separated by short inter-monsoonal periods. Thunderstorms are common and over 90 inches (2300 mm) of rain falls each year.


Podgorica, Montenegro

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The capital and largest city of Montenegro, Podgorica, is known for its brutally hot summers. However, in the winter this Mediterranean city experiences quite a lot of precipitation. Averaging over 65 inches (1650 mm) in the rainy season alone, this isn’t a city you’d want to be stuck outside in, especially during the months of November or December.


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Thanks to the Rocky Mountains, Vancouver is well protected from the harsh, snowy winters experienced by the rest of Canada, but the mountains do little to stop the rain. At Canada’s third most rainy city, Vancouver gets roughly 160 days with rain every year; Despite this, it has surprisingly warm and dry summers.


Mobile, Alabama, United States

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The third most populous city in Alabama, Mobile is pelted with over 60 inches (1500 mm) of rain every year, making it the rainiest city in the lower 48 states.


Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Kirkwall is located off the coast of north Scotland in the Oarkney Islands, where it is the capital and most populated city. As with the rest of Scotland, Kirkwall experiences cool summers, mild winters, and lots of rain, all products of its maritime climate.


Tully, Queensland, Australia

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Located in the Cassowary Coast region of Queensland, Australia, Tully’s tropical climate exposes it to cyclone and monsoon conditions in the months of January, February, and March. In 2003, the town erected an eight meter statue of a golden gumboot as a monument to the towns wet climate and record of its annual rainfall.


Whittier, Alaska, United States

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Originally developed for use by the military, this isolated Alaskan town is almost impossible to access except for by boat or train. Receiving over 200 wet days and almost 300 inches (7600 mm) annually, this city is possibly the rainiest in the United States.


Quibdó, Colombia

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Due to its tropical rain forest climate and situation next to the Andes mountains, Quibdó receives rain on practically every single day of the year. Subject to constant and intense thunderstorms, this small municipality often get less than a few hours of sunlight in the mornings.


Copenhagen, Denmark

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Averaging about 180 rainy days in a year, this diverse city has a mild and temperate climate year round. Tourists hoping to avoid getting wet should visit in the months of February, March, and April; however, it’s not a bad idea to pack a raincoat regardless.

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