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Set fair! Thanks St Swithin

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St. Swithin (or Swithun) was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester, and is known for the popular rhyme:

St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithun’s day if thou be fair
For forty days ’twill rain no more

Today, (July 15) is St Swithin’s Day so today’s weather - quite nice! - is what we can expect for the rest of summer. Hurrah!

And this is science-backed. Around the middle of July, the Jet Stream settles into a pattern which usually holds fairly steady until the end of August. The weather we get now is likely to dominate for the next month or two.

Quite where the legend of St Swithin comes from isn’t entirely clear. He was buried outside the doors of his Cathedral when he died, saying he wanted to hear the rain falling, so it may come from that.

As with most Saints, he wasn’t left to rest in peace. His head was removed Canterbury, while an arm ended up in Peterborough. His tomb was then destroyed during the English Reformation.

Anyway, that’s the end of the history lesson - we reckon our crackers are just the thing for 40 days of picnics!