And the local weather forecast for the next forty days is...
BBC - Wiltshire Weather - St Swithin’s Day
St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain
Full forty days, it will remain
St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair
For forty days, t'will rain no more.
July 15th is St Swithin's Day. And what a gloroiusly (sic) sunny day it is.
There is no evidence to support the '40 days' theory. In fact, there are several saints' days that are supposed to be followed by periods of wet or fine weather but, again, there is no supporting evidence.
It is difficult to explain why St Swithin's Day should be so familiar to us all when the supporting evidence is notable by its absence.
But with the region enjoying a fine St Swithin's Day, many will be hoping the saint proves the Met Office wrong and the next 40 days remain fine.
Points West Weatherman
Bit of a shock to find a long term forecast rubbished by "the lack of supporting evidence" - why next he will be doubting that it will be 40 degrees in 2015.....
UPDATE - It hasn't been a "gloroiusly sunny day" at all - it is grey, overcast with odd spots of rain - the forecast for today was wrong, let alone for the next forty days, years or what ever...