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So, has it been dry and warm or cool and wet this summer? It depends on where you live in the UK, meteorologist Simon Keeling explains

UK summer 2015 weather – has it been that bad?

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 09:00 GMT - Meteorologist Simon Keeling looks at how the sea temperatures have led to the mixed – and some say disappointing – UK weather we’ve seen so far this summer. 

A farmer described summer 2015 to me as follows, "a non-event and bloomin' annoying!" I think that sums it up quite well, don't you?

Much of the responsibility for the weather this year lies with the sea temperatures around the British Isles, Ireland and further afield.

Cooler than normal sea temperatures west of Ireland, together with warmer water around the Azores have conspired to produce weather patterns which have brought us 37C temperatures in early July, and then daytime highs of just 13C a the end of the month.

But we need to look at the Mediterranean for clues about the weather this autumn. Sea temperatures of 7C will release huge amounts of energy into the atmosphere, possibly strengthening the jet stream and enhancing the chance of gales and heavy rain.

In fact, this weekend has brought a taste of what that energy in the Mediterranean can do. Hot air heads north through continental Europe, meeting the colder air from the Atlantic over the UK. The result? Heavy rain and the risk of thunderstorms.

Watch the video to find out more about this summer's weather.

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