Met Office can't rule out 40 days of wet weather as rain falls on St Swithun's Day

Banbury Cake: Showers are set to hit Britain on St Swithin's Day, which is said to mean 40 days of rain ahead Showers are set to hit Britain on St Swithin's Day, which is said to mean 40 days of rain ahead

According to ancient folklore, rain on July 15 heralds 40 days of downpours - and forecasters have not dismissed the possibility.

Legend has it that showers on St Swithin's day are an omen for more than a month of wet weather.

But though deluges will not blight the entire summer, experts did not rule out the potential for some rain every day.

Forecasters said many parts of the UK would be deluged with showers in the morning following heavy rain in the previous 12 hours.

Met Office forecaster Charles Powell said 25mm to 30mm fell overnight on Wednesday and warned bad weather and unseasonably strong winds will continue into Friday.

Gusts of up to 60mph are predicted in the South West, hitting coastal areas with some force.

This could result in tiles being whipped from roofs, with the additional risk of trees being uprooted in exposed areas, he said.

He said that though the unsettled weather is set to continue "for the foreseeable future", it will be broken up by sporadic sunny spells.

Saint Swithin was a ninth century Saxon bishop.

Legend has it that the removal of the saint's bones from his preferred burial place outside Winchester Cathedral to another location coincided with 40 days of continuous rain and storms.

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12:08pm Thu 15 Jul 10

FailBoat says...

Rain or Shine, people will Fail
Rain or Shine, people will Fail FailBoat

12:31pm Thu 15 Jul 10

Duncan Disorderly says...

You had your summer last month. That was it, folks.
I don't care, it's warm and sunny where I am.
You had your summer last month. That was it, folks. I don't care, it's warm and sunny where I am. Duncan Disorderly

12:32pm Thu 15 Jul 10

Mr Cynical says...

this must be the bbq summer the met office said we would have then...
why cant they admit that the met office is a huge waste of money, and how much is spent on it. they can only ever forecast fairly accurately one day ahead at most after all.
this must be the bbq summer the met office said we would have then... why cant they admit that the met office is a huge waste of money, and how much is spent on it. they can only ever forecast fairly accurately one day ahead at most after all. Mr Cynical

3:15pm Thu 15 Jul 10

Poppy22 says...

Of course it's going to rain - the school holidays are about to start if they haven't already - remember last year's July and August? At least we've had a good June!
Of course it's going to rain - the school holidays are about to start if they haven't already - remember last year's July and August? At least we've had a good June! Poppy22

10:19pm Thu 15 Jul 10

forest hump says...

If it is burning hot...global warming! If it is lashing down...climate change! What we have is typical British weather. Always has been, always will be. If you do not like it then move on out. We cannot change it, despite the huge taxes the governments wish to impose on us.
QED
If it is burning hot...global warming! If it is lashing down...climate change! What we have is typical British weather. Always has been, always will be. If you do not like it then move on out. We cannot change it, despite the huge taxes the governments wish to impose on us. QED forest hump

4:35pm Fri 23 Mar 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

how come this two year old stroy which seems to have been revamped in 2011 is up on these pages?


As long as we don't get Sir Cliff Richard singing in the rain at the Olympics, let it rain!
how come this two year old stroy which seems to have been revamped in 2011 is up on these pages? As long as we don't get Sir Cliff Richard singing in the rain at the Olympics, let it rain! The Cater Wood Creeper

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