Tell us if you saw rain at any point on Sunday.
Dave Thompson, PA Wire
Sunday 15 July, was St Swithin's Day. Folklore suggests that if it rains on 15 July, it will rain for the next 40 days. An ancient proverb runs:
St Swithun's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithun's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain no more
St Swithin was an Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester who gained a reputation for posthumous miracle-working after his death in c. 862.
His association with rainy weather probably originates with stories of unusually heavy downpours on Saint Swithin's Day in medieval times, coupled with the way the Atlantic jet stream tends to settle into a meteorological pattern around the middle of July that remains constant until the end of August, subjecting the UK to around six weeks (or roughly 40 days) of similar weather.
There's certainly been plenty of rain already this summer. But will it continue long enough to prove the St Swithin's proverb correct?
We'd like to know if you've saw rain yesterday. Email us with your name and location or leave a comment below. We'll plot all your responses on a map, then check back to see how many days beyond 15 July it has continued to rain.
Who knows - the way things have been going this year, perhaps 40 days might turn out to be an underestimate!