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Rainfall and river levels data

Rainfall monitoring

Rainfall monitoring provides valuable information that helps protect Scotland’s environment and the health and safety of its people.

Recording rainfall is crucial to a number of national services, including weather and flood forecasting.

It involves measuring and recording the amount of rainfall at a network of fixed points over a period of time.

In addition to informing us in our day-to-day work in protecting and maintaining our water environment, the information gathered by measuring rainfall over long periods helps us to form a better picture of what is happening to Scotland’s climate and to plan accordingly for the future.

We have launched a new service which allows users to access rainfall and river level data via API calls, guidance on this service and how to access it can be found at: