15 July 2020 12:38
Dry spells and some sunshine look set to be on the cards for Ireland for the next 40 days, if the legend of St Swithin is anything to go by. Today, July 15th, is St Swithin's Day and if the myth of the holy man holds true then whatever weather we see today is likely to be replicated every day for the next 40 days and 40 nights. In fact he was so furious with the decision - taken by his successor Bishop Ethelwold - to move him to a fancy shrine in a big cathedral that he put a weather related curse on the whole world. On the day his body was moved and as the ceremony to celebrate his saintliness reached its end, it lashed rain. "St Swithin's day if thou dost rain, for 40 days it will remain.
St Swithin's Day if thou be fair, for 40 days 'twill rain nae mare," was the quote attributed to the dead man. Met Eireann has said it will be mostly cloudy and rather misty on Wednesday morning with patchy drizzle, chiefly affecting the north and east of the country. However, long dry spells will develop as the day progresses, especially across the south and southeast of the country with warm sunny spells. Highest temperatures will be between 16 and 19 degrees but reaching 20 to 21 degrees in any sunshine in moderate west or northwest breezes. Thursday will also start mostly cloudy and misty with patchy drizzle.
He is best known for a proverb which predicts 40 days of rain or sun, depending on what weather hits the UK on his special day. Little is known about the saint, but he is said to have requested he be buried outside Winchester Cathedral so his grave would be exposed to both the footsteps of worshippers and the elements. But in the 10th century, after some priests moved his tomb inside, a great storm hit, which was taken as a sign of St Swithin's displeasure. Probably cloudy and a bit of drizzle, according to the Met Office. Meteorologist Alex Burkill told the PA news agency: "For many it's going to be a largely cloudy day.
In 1924, 13 and a half hours of glorious sunshine were followed by 30 days of rain out of the next 40. IT'S OFFICIALLY ST Swithin's Day. The more superstitious among us will probably be looking out the window checking the weather, with the old belief that if it rains today, we can expect rain for the next 40 days. The day is named after an English saint, whose body was supposedly moved from an outdoor to an indoor grave, leading to rain falling on the cathedral where he was buried for 40 days. The good news is that although there's expected to be some patches of drizzle this morning, long dry spells are expected to develop as the day progresses. Warm and sunny spells will even develop in the south and south east of the country, with highest temperatures of 16 to 19 degrees generally but reaching 20 or 21 degrees in parts. Tonight will be mild and humid with mostly dry conditions, although there will be some patchy rain and drizzle in Atlantic coastal counties at times. Tomorrow is expected to start mostly cloudy, with more patchy drizzle across the country. Warm sunshine will develop in the east and south of the country in the afternoon, however. Top temperatures on Thursday will be between 16 and 20 degrees generally, but up to 22 degrees in the east and south. In the longer-term, Met Éireann in forecasting a possible return of high pressure close to Ireland next week, which should bring dry weather. However, it's also expected that cloudy conditions could also prevail at times, and a few showers are likely. More than 100 years after Swithin, the Bishop of Winchester, died on 2 July, between AD 861 and 863, he was adopted as patron of the restored cathedral. An old proverb claims if there's rain on St Swithin's day, 15 July, it will continue for 40 more. Much of the UK is experiencing some cloud and drizzle today (Wednesday, July 15), but according to the Met Office the days are expected to get a bit warmer. Temperatures are widely expected to get above 20C later this week for much of the UK - and Friday could be a real scorcher. In the east and south of England, temperatures will be near average today. But from Thursday the mercury is forecast to rise, with particularly balmy temperatures expected in the south-east of England. Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxey told Express.co.uk the temperature could reach as high as 29C in some isolated areas this week. READ MORE: BBC Weather warning: '40 days of storms' as temperatures plummet