Tuesday, July 15 - No rain for 40 days

PUBLISHED: 19:32 15 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 June 2010

PEOPLE watched the skies in nerve-racking hope for a full-day of sunshine in keeping with the tradition of St Swithin s Day.

PEOPLE watched the skies in nerve-racking hope for a full-day of sunshine in keeping with the tradition of St Swithin's Day.

July 15 is the day when people pray for a glorious sunny day which if the old wives tale is true will bring 40 days of sunshine but if a drop of rain were to fall 40 days of rain would follow.

As it happened Tuesday was beautiful in Exmouth, temperatures remained at a constant 20 degrees all day, although it was slightly overcast, with a low wind speed 8mph, according to figures by the Met office.

St Swithin was the Bishop of Winchester who died in 862 and asked to be buried in a humble grave outside the north wall of his cathedral so that the "sweet rain from heaven" could fall on his grave.

The monks later wanted to move him to an ornate shrine they had built for him and after deciding to move him, legend has it that torrential rain poured down on that day and for 40 days.

Believing that it was St Swithin showing his displeasure the monks decided against moving his remains.

The rhyme goes 'St Swithin's Day, if it does rain full forty days, it will remain; St Swithin's Day, if it be fair for forty days, t'will rain no more'.

So here is hoping that tomorrow remain true.

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