Why we are the raining champions
• Our summer is turning out to be much the same as it has been in four out of the five preceding summers -- a damp squib.
Look at the statistics: the sodden summer of 2007 ended up with the dubious distinction of being the wettest since 1957; 2008 saw rainfall twice the average in many meteorological stations and the wettest August on record in most stations; 2009 flattered to deceive.
After opening with the warmest, sunniest June for almost 40 years it then nosedived for the rest of the summer and the season was again much wetter than average. 2010 was an average summer overall whilst last year -- after early fantastical forecasts of a 'barbecue summer' to rival the legendary 1976 -- it ended up being more akin to abysmal 1986, and the coldest summer for between 25 and 49 years, depending on the meteorological station.