A man from Devon is considering taking legal action against the Met Office for their "overly pessimistic" weather forecasts this summer.
Rick Turner, who runs an animal tourist attraction called The Big Sheep in north Devon, has contacted lawyers with a view to sue the forecasters for damages. He says their bad weather predictions threaten his business. He said:
Mr Turner says the Met Office predictions over the August bank holiday weekend were particularly disastrous for his business. He complained:
The Met Office defended their pessimistic predictions by pointing out that this year's summer is one of the worst on record, and the wettest for more than 100 years.
A spokesperson said they were not responsible for stopping the rain: