Jet stream is further south than it should be for this time of year meaning Britain is under a blanket of low pressure
News follows washout at Silverstone, roads turned to rivers in Devon and the Wimbledon final interrupted by downpours
Britain's soggy summer looks set to continue until at least the start of the Olympics with forecasters pointing the finger of blame at the jet stream for two months of torrential downpours.
As the country endured another sodden week, following the wettest spring and early summer period since records began, it emerged that the wet weather will continue for another seven to 10 days.
Matt Dobson, forecaster at MeteoGroup, said the main culprit was the jet stream, a fast wind that blows round the planet and moves our surface pressure systems.
‘Our weather is really stuck in a rut because the jet stream is further south than it should be at this time of the year – over France and northern Spain – and we are under a blanket of low pressure on the northern side of it,’ he said.
‘Although there will be some sunny interludes – with Monday not looking too bad – the weather will remain unsettled.
‘Tuesday and Thursday will see the worst of it, with thundery downpours on the way for Tuesday and heavy rain set to sweep through the country from the south-west on Thursday.’
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