Perhaps it was the continuous rain on Sunday, St Swithin's Day, that confirmed what many are fearing, that it will never stop raining, but a very significent victim of the weather is now the Nantwich and South Cheshire Show. It was due to take place on 25th July, but has been cancelled. The old St Swithin's saying is:
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
Weather experts say there have been a few near-perfect St Swithin's forecasts in the past few decades. These have been at the dry end of the weather spectrum with a fine St Swithin's day followed in 1983, 1989, 1990 and 1995 by 38 days of dry weather. The fine summer of 1976 saw 38 dry days out of 40, but it had bucketed down on July 15th, the Saint's day. The worst wet run was in 1985, when St Swithin's was followed by 30 wet days out of the forty. But even that would be an improvement in the weather from the past couple of months!
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