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Region braced for years of gloomy summers

Wrapping up against the weather on the beach at Southend. Photo: PA Archive

The UK could have to endure another five to ten years of gloomy summers. Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and the time the sun is highest in the sky, but it hardly feels like the height of summer.

A disappointing start to June followed a very chilly start to 2013 in the Anglia region with every month so far recording below average temperatures.

After a meeting of leading forecasters and scientists at the Met Office earlier this week, there's a warning that this could become the weather pattern for the foreseeable future.

Savouring the sunshine at great Yarmouth Credit: PA Archive

The experts concluded that Europe is in a sequence of unusual seasonal weather which began in 2007. The last six out of seven summers in the UK have seen below-average temperatures and sunshine, and above-average rainfall.

The Met Office has not issued a long-term forecast but says the chances of more wet summers are looking higher than before. Possible causes incluse long-term changes to ocean currents, a shift in the jet stream or the melting of arctic sea ice.