St Swithun's day - fact or meteorological myth? According to folklore today's weather will set the trend for the next forty days:
St Swithun was a monk who died around 862 AD and, according to legend, he requested his burial in the churchyard of the Old Minster (cathedral) at Winchester, in a spot where "the sweet rain from heaven might wet his grave."
The legend says that when his remains were moved inside the cathedral on the 15th of July, his spirit was supposedly so outraged that it rained for the next forty days. A romantic story - but lacking accuracy according to the Met Office: