The weather myth of St Swithin’s Day states if it rains on the 15 July, wet weather will persist for 40 days and 40 nights.
St Swithin was an Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester, who died in AD862.
When he was made a saint in 971, his body was dug up and moved to an indoor shrine in the city’s cathedral.
His historical importance as bishop is overshadowed by his reputation for posthumous miracle-working.
Some writers claimed this outraged the heavens, causing rain to pour on the church and continue uninterrupted for 40 days.
But obvouisly the Met Office point out that there hasn’t been a record of 40 dry or 40 wet days following St Swithin’s Day since records began in 1861.
Dan Williams of the Met Office said: “People should not fear the St Swithin’s legend.
“There is no observational evidence whatsoever to suggest that this legend holds any water.”
No need to cancel the summer holidays then..
Wednesday is expected to be dry and sunny on Merseyside with a maximum temperature of 17C.
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