Just one week of sunshine forecast for July

IF you’re planning to take some time off to enjoy the summer, then start booking now.

Long range weather forecasters are predicting that the week after next could be one of the best this summer.

While such an improvement hardly constitutes a heat wave, it could mean some gentle respite from the pelting rain and clouds that have dogged Summer 2008.

According to Weatheraction, a British-based weather forecasting company, the week of July 21 will be dry with sunny spells. Most of these sunny spells will be in the south-west of the country.

This, however, is the only good news.

The rest of the summer, they predict, will be one long washout.

Weatheraction director Piers Corbyn went so far as to say: “The heavens will then open at the end of July. It’s not looking good I’m afraid. July will be very wet — possibly one of the worst on record. There will be major thunderstorms across Britain and Ireland with possible river flooding.”

August, they predict, will be generally wet in England and Ireland — with those living and holidaying in the south and west most likely to get any sunrays.

“It will pick up in September — towards the end,” Mr Corbyn chuckled, “but I would not go so far as to say that it will be an Indian Summer.”

While the week after next will bring some solace to sunlovers, the rest of July will see rain, widespread flooding, cloud and low temperatures.

“This is likely to be one of the five wettest summers in the past 100 years,” Mr Corbyn said.

Weatheraction makes its forecasts through its ‘Solar Weather Technique’ — “a combination of historical weather patterns with solar observations”.

He describes the details of this system as “company property”.

However, he says, WeatherAction has accurately predicted the “14 or so wet periods” that characterised last summer.

Mr Corbyn is also known for predicting six months in advance, the British summer 2007 floods — correctly identifying 11 flood periods, 10 of which occurred in England and one in Scotland.

The company undertook 4,000 weather test bets over 12 years with the bookmaker, William Hill. Weather Action say their forecasts made a profit of 40% (£20,000/€25,000).

Mr Corbyn is now excluded from such account betting.

Met Eireann don’t do long range forecasting as they “don’t have sufficient resources”. And, with every one talking about ‘recession’ this season, it looks unlikely that will change anytime soon.

Summer 2008? Rain and recession.

Summer 2009? Mass emigration.

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