“If on St. Swithin’s Day (July 15) it dost rain, for 40 days it will remain. If on the day it be fair, for 40 days will rain nae mair.”
I first discovered the folklore of St. Swithin in 1977 and as noted in a previous column, the bishop of Winchester, a Benedictine monk, died July 2, 862.
His deathbed request insisted he be buried outside the cathedral in which he served so the rain would fall on his grave.
Unfortunately, his intentions were not conveyed and he was entombed in a cathedral. A drought ensued.
Once re-buried outside, the drought ended and the rain returned for 40 consecutive days.
Renowned poet Paddy Shingleton writes: “If St. Swithin was in our space, heat and steam would sweat his face.” Fastcast: Showers.
Showers likely after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, high near 92. Southerly winds 5 mph. Rain chance: 60 percent. Tonight: 30 percent chance of showers. Low about 75. Southwesterly winds 5 mph to 10 mph.