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St Swithin’s day leads to weather betting boom

Bookmaker Coral has opened betting on tomorrow’s weather to mark St. Swithin’s Day and tradition dictates that whatever the weather is like on that day, it will continue for the next 40 days.

The odds suggest that it in typical British fashion the weather will be a mixture of rain and sunshine for the next 40 days, with Coral going 1-2 that it rains in London, and 33-1 that it’s the hottest day of the year.

The firm go even money that Britain sizzles in highs of up to 30C before the week is out, while at the same time, slashing the odds on this summer being the hottest ever into 5-1 from 6-1.

“All eyes will be on the sky tomorrow as tradition dictates that whatever the weather is like on St Swithin’s Day, it will continue for the next 40 days and the latest odds suggest we’re in for a mixed bag”, said Coral’s Nicola McGeady.

**Weather Specials

1-2 To Rain on St Swithin’s day in London

6-4 No rain on St Swithin’s day in London

33-1 Tomorrow to be the hottest day of the year so far (Record is 27.7C in Writtle, Essex on July 3rd) Evens Temperatures to reach 30C this week

5-1 UK record temperature high to be broken (The highest UK temperature recorded was 38.5C (101.3F) in Faversham, Kent, on August 10, 2003)

Note to editor:

The St Swithin’s Day rhyme dates from the 14th century and informs us that, if it rains on July 15, another 40 days of rain will follow. On the flip side, if the sun shines on the day, 40 days of sunshine will follow.

ENDS

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Further Information Contact:

Nicola McGeady 07917683784