Tales from an Old English Timekeeper
Thunderstorms, lightning strikes, torrential downpours and flash
floods are the classic start to a British summer. In June the rain sweeps across the UK and much of northwest Europe. It usually arrives in two big pulses: one at the beginning of June and a second wave in mid- to late June.
It is a phenomenon as regular as clockwork and brought on by a resurgence of westerly winds from the Atlantic loaded with rain, which is why they are called 'The Return of the Westerlies'.