Eglwyswrw
Residents of the soggy Welsh town have been plagued by rain for 82 consecutive daysReuters

The Pembrokeshire village of Eglwyswrw could set a new UK record for the number of consecutive days of rain after enduring 82 days of consecutive downpours. As it stands the village, near Cardigan, has become the wettest for 92 years - only beaten by Eallabus, on the Scottish Island of Islay, where it rained for 89 days.

But the 700 villagers that live in Eglwyswrw have said that they would prefer to have a day-off from the rain which has fallen every day since 26 October 26 last year.

Although The Met Office does not keep official records for how many consecutive days rain has fallen, its weather stations do record the amount of rain. The closest station to Eglwyswrw is Whitechurch and it shows that rain has fallen every day since 26 October, despite some readings which are as low as 0.2mm.

December's monthly rainfall in Wales was second only to November 1929 in terms of amount fallen. Local farmer John Davies conceded that the rain had become "quite grinding". He said according to the BBC: "We are still in the running, but, hopefully, it will be the last day." Mr Davies, a Pembrokeshire councillor, added: "This is one record we don't want to be famous for. Man and animal don't take very well to endless rain and 81 days of it does leave its toll."

Shopkeeper Brian Llewelyn said that sales of winter coats have gone up since the awful weather began. "It's an ill wind that brings no good at all," he said. "You couldn't survive or get about without a good pair of wellington boots in the last two months."

But he added that the rain was "depressing" for the local community and had been negatively affecting builders and farmers who have been tending to livestock. The villages local proximity to the Preseli Hills is thought to be a key factor in attracting rainfall.

Mr Davies said: "We are hardy bunch here in Eglwyswrw, and it takes more than a few showers to grind us down. But it has been, all jokes aside, quite grinding."