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Is this about to be Britain’s rainiest summer for more than a century?

The Met Office has warned the UK government and nationwide transport officials to start preparing for the wettest summer in over 100 years.

If you’re living in the UK right now, you’re probably wondering where the glorious sun is hiding.

After an particularly miserable spring, Brits everywhere have been forced to wait for the arrival of summer to experience long-awaited afternoons spent basking in parks and beer gardens.

Unfortunately, news from the Met Office’s weather prediction service is not looking optimistic, with forecasts for the coming summer months looking pretty bleak.

The organization recently met with government and transport officials to warn them to prepare for some very wet weeks ahead. Projections show this could be the rainiest summer since 1912, with as many as 55 rainy days potentially on the horizon.

The Met Office warns that this amount of consistent rain could bring with it ‘localised heavy downpours and thunderstorms,’ resulting in flooding in certain parts of the country.


Despite being notoriously grey, the UK doesn’t bode well with heavy rainfall. Last year, two major storms caused over 150 rivers to flood to record levels, leaving 2,200 homes flooded across the country.

As a result of the news, the intense-sounding forecasts have raised concerns that popular summertime events will be in jeopardy, including Glastonbury, Wimbledon, Royal Ascot and the Trooping of the Colour.

There are a number of ways governments can help combat flooding caused by intense rainfall, including improving storm drains and transforming cities and communities into ‘sponges’.

The latter is achieved by planting more foliage in areas that have been paved over and heavily urbanized, in order to allow trees and moss to absorb excess water flow.

However, these kinds of projects require time and planning, meaning this summer may be a lesson that pushes the UK towards making it happen.


All of this said, the Met Office seems to be backtracking on its initial predictions.

Weather patterns can be unpredictable – especially as our climate changes – and it may be too early to write off a decent summer. The organization now says that there’s a fifty-fifty chance projections change for the better.

The unpredictability of our seasons is becoming more common, with experts pointing to climate change are responsible for the weather Brits have been faced with as of late.

This is because our atmosphere is warming and holding more moisture, as much as 7 percent more moisture per degree increase.

As average temperatures in the UK rise further, we can anticipate that rainfall levels will rise as well. If these trends continue, leaders will certainly need to consider natural and infrastructural solutions to cope.