Two pieces of weather lore will be given a test this week. One around St Swithun's Day is set to fail as it always does whereas the other which suggests a British summer is typified by three fine days and a thunderstorm may well prove true - in sentiment at least, if not to the letter.
Several parts of the UK saw dry weather on St Swithun's Day yesterday. According to the weather lore this means those places should stay dry for forty days and forty nights. That's already gone wrong in many places with outbreaks of rain in the north and west this morning.
Further south and east though the heat and humidity is building and, over the next few days there will be more sunny spells, before heavy thundery showers break out particularly on Saturday. This sequence of weather will give some truth to the 'three fine days and a thunderstorm' saying and Saturday may well be the hottest day of the year.Read more
It's Summer! Apparently anyway. After last year's great summer, this year had a lot to live up to and we were always going to be wondering what it would be like throughout June, July and August.
In the UK we are all used to the temperamental and odd weather. The fact that we didn't have snow this Winter made me wonder whether it had decided to show itself in Summer instead, luckily it hasn't, and we have actually had some sunshine and hot weather already!
I know we have had some rain, and most of the time it has been hot and muggy rather than sunny, however, I am going to keep on hoping that the sun will stay out for longer in the weeks to come.
Anyone who works during the week will understand the frustration of it being nice and sunny during the week, then once the weekend comes, so do the clouds. Mixed summer weather is extremely confusing, it's July so of course we want to dress summery, but it may look slightly odd if we leave the house wearing shorts when the forecast is cloudy and wet!
I find maxi dresses and skirts are the best kind of clothing to wear when it's like this, it keeps you cool when it's hot but then if it does rain you're covered up enough to hopefully avoid looking like a drowned rat.
Warwick Castle has banned boredom this summer - and even offers guests the opportunity to stay overnight if they can't tear themselves away! There is even a rainy day guarantee if the Great British weather misbehaves.
The Castle's famous jousting knights return on Saturday 19 July to mark the site's 1,100th anniversary with two daredevil daily shows - until Sunday 31 August. They join swordsmen showing off their skills; characters in five Horrible Histories® Foul Fayres determined to make the most of the grim and gory aspects of British history. Rosie the Andean Condor, vast vultures and soaring eagles in the twice daily Flight of the Eagles; and the Trebuchet Fireball Spectacular which brings the heat of battle to the banks of the Rive Avon with 30-feet high jets of flame.
Fishing has often been described as Britain's largest participant sport. Whether that is true or not, millions of us certainly enjoy getting out by the water whether it is a river, lake or the sea to wet a line and relax (unless you are competition fishing of course!) It's a great way to soak up a bit of nature in often beautiful surroundings and if you are sea fishing or fly fishing then maybe you will also be hoping to take home your supper too.
There is a joke amongst regular anglers in that those who only go fishing when the sun shines are "fair weather fishermen" but in truth you can of course fish in any weather and be successful - the fish don't care if it's raining or not. In fact they often seem to like it as it can help bring extra food their way. Summer is a particularly good time to go fishing in Britain with many different opportunities to choose from depending on where you are and what sort of adventure you are looking for.
The summer holidays are fast approaching, and it's about now that six weeks of keeping kids entertained begins to look a little daunting. Have no fear though, YHA Summer Camps still have places available to inspire and delight youngsters the whole summer long!
YHA Summer Camps, provide the ultimate opportunity to pursue awesome activities, make new friends and create lasting memories. More than 60,000 young people have taken part in camps so far and relished the opportunity to face new challenges, learn new skills, and, most importantly, have loads of fun.
Keeping it chilled.
Ideas to help you stay fit and healthy
Britain is full of great places to explore.
The summer months mean extra opportunities for entertaining.