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Wet weather delays summer

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12 June 2012 by Luke McCormick

Forecasters are predicting summer weather may not arrive until July, with showers expected to persist for most of the month, after wet weather sparked flood alerts across Britain.

Met Office forecaster, George Goodfellow, admitted on Sunday the conditions were not "particularly brilliant" and warned the "unsettled conditions" would remain until at least the end of next week.

Concerns are mounting that major events, including Wimbledon, Royal Ascot and the Henley Rowing regatta, could be washed out over the coming weeks.

The deluges are being caused by the ‘European monsoon' weather phenomenon - named after its more powerful Indian monsoon counterpart, independent forecasting firm The Weather Outlook said.

Forecaster Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook told the Telegraph: "It's a very poor early summer outlook, further heavy showers or longer spells of rain for all parts.

"This is the ‘European Monsoon', a June weather pattern when westerly winds bringing cloud and rain return with a vengeance after easing during late spring.

"There are only very tentative signs these winds will begin to lose their grip during the second half of the month."

The best advice could be to get away to drier climes...

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