When I was a child, my grandmother used to talk about a day in our calendar, according to tradition, that stated what ever the weather turns out to be on that day so it will remain for 40 days and 40 nights.
I later learned that the day is called St. Swithin’s Day is 15th July and guess what its just round the corner.
The well known traditional weather rhyme has been recited since Elizabethan times:
‘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.’
I also remember promising myself to take note of the weather on that day just to see for myself if the legend held good. I never did. Time and life got in the way every time.
So why not this year? Lets share our weather record of that day and just see what happens.
According to the Met Office, it has been put to the test on 55 occasions, when it has been wet on St Swithin’s Day and 40 days of rain did not follow.
May be this will be the year. I have to admit I hope not I have just been contemplating what I intend to take with me on a trip I am planning. I have opted to take my Goa Top and Cityscape Jacket. All that’s left is to decide which pack to take. Check out the new luggage and accessories – might make it all a little easier.
Until the 15th…