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147896.  Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:51 am Reply with quote

The reason it always rains during Wimbledon, according to meteorologist Philip Eden, is because of the European monsoon.

British weather has “a tendency to change” in late June. Commonly, in these parts, there is sunny weather during late May and early June, and thus rain in late June. Climatologists say this is “very characteristic of the British summer,” which is why they came up with the monsoon nickname. Or eke name.

It turns out that a monsoon originally carried its proper Arabic meaning - a seasonal wind - rather than a downpour.

The European monsoon therefore refers to a change in the wind - “the June return of the westerlies.”

S: Sunday Telegraph, 25 June 06.


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