UK weather: more rain forecast for Ascot and Wimbledon

Rain at Wimbledon

Met Office predicts Ladies' Day will be a wash out - but summer 2013 looks like it will be a beauty

LAST UPDATED AT 10:55 ON Mon 18 Jun 2012

AFTER A few days' relief from 'monsoon June', the UK looks likely to suffer a return to heavy rain, high winds and low temperatures from Thursday this week, according to forecasters at the Met Office.

While the south at least should enjoy sunshine and temperatures in the low 20s early this week, the heavens are expected to open on Thursday, which is Ladies' Day at Ascot, the Daily Mail reports.

The bad weather is expected to persist into next week - just in time for Wimbledon. It is feared that rain could force matches to be cancelled, perhaps forcing the tournament to run into a third week.

A Met Office spokesman said: "For Wimbledon in particular, there will be showers on many of the days and bands of rain will go through on certain days, which will cause prolonged delays to play."

It is still too early for a confident forecast of the weather during the Olympics – but the Met Office was willing to suggest it was "likely" that the unsettled conditions would transfer north to Scotland by then.

While this summer looks a little damp, there is still hope: changes in sea temperature off the coast of South America suggest summer 2013 could be more pleasant.

The Independent reported last week that US scientists think there is a 50 per cent chance of the El Nino weather system kicking in, suggesting that next summer could be a beauty. Or it might not. · 

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