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article imageSpain to face coldest summer for 200 years?

By Anne Sewell     May 28, 2013 in Environment
Spring in Spain has so far been very changeable, with warm sunshine, but chilly to cold winds and cloudy days. Seems like that trend will continue into summer, according to a French weather channel, Meteo.
Spain is renowned for summer heat in July and August each year. However, according to French weather channel, Meteo, the forecast is for the worst summer in western Europe since 1816, which was a year known by meteorological experts as “the year without summer”.
Sounds like we mustn't pack away our warm clothing just yet, as the weather channel reckons that there is a 70% chance of this summer being cold and wet across not only Spain, but also France, Portugal, Germany and Austria.
Meteo is forecasting that the cold maritime fronts and weak solar activity during the winter months, followed by cooler trends that have hit Spain during spring, are also going to make the summer months unusually cooler and rainy. June and July are forecast to have short periods of summer heat, and August is likely to see heavy storms.
They do, however, forecast that September and October are likely to have higher average temperatures with less rain, so it may just be a late summer this year.
Calling 1816 "the year without summer" is, apparently, no old wives' tale too. During that year France, England, Ireland and the US apparently experienced overcast skies and cold temperatures, leading to severe crop failures and food shortages during the summer months of that year.
Probably a good idea to check the weather forecast ahead before booking your summer holiday!
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