Flaming June hype sweeps UK

by Emily DUNBAR on June 3, 2011

This month has been labelled ‘Flaming June’ by numerous forecasters, with Britain about to sizzle in temperatures usually meant for the Mediterranean while below-average rainfall is experienced.

The latest weather forecast, which predicts a spell of great weather possibly running into July, will be pleasing news to those getting ready for music festivals and other outdoor events. June’s dry weather is hopefully going to see anyone the Glastonbury or Isle of Wight festivals covering themselves in suncream as opposed to the usual mud. In a similar fashion, fewer tennis matches will be interrupted by the traditional Wimbeldon rain.

The June forecast comes with temperatures this weekend tipped to hit the mid to late 20s in southern and western England plus Wales - which is warmer than both Majorca and Barcelona will be - although Sunday will be slightly cooler.
A spokesman from the Met Office said that all parts should be fine on Saturday with remarkably sunny spells, but it is expected to be rather cloudy across the north throughout the afternoon and evening.

Other forecasters say that ‘Flaming June’ might deliver the UK’s hottest weather since 2006. As well as festival-goers and sports enthusiasts, those staying on home soil for their summer holidays will also be happy to hear such talk. Staycations, as they are being called, will boost the economy by at least £7 billion as more Britons opt for camping holidays.

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