34 inches of rain in 24 hours breaks continental record

Rossiglione, Italy, ended up with a mind-boggling 34.8 inches (883.8 mm) of rainfall over the course of 24 hours. 

The annual rainfall total for the nearby city of Genoa itself tops out at just over 42 inches, which is fairly representative for the region at large. This means that Rossiglione recorded 82.9% of the average rainfall that falls over the course of an entire year in the region in just 24 hours.

In 12 hours, from 5:40 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. local time, the city recorded a staggering 29.2 inches (740.6 mm), which broke the record for the European continent.

Outside of Rossiglione’s new records, at least two other Italian cities set records Monday. The Italian record for greatest six-hour rainfall now belongs to Montenotte Inferiore with an incredible 19.5 inches (496 mm).

The Italian record for greatest three-hour rainfall also fell when Vara Superiore picked up 14.9 inches (377.8 mm) Monday.

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