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Want to know where our summer's gone? It's slap bang over Iceland

METEOROLOGISTS appear to have discovered our missing summer -- it's migrated 1,500km north west to Iceland.

While we're being swamped by a non-stop deluge of rain, Iceland is basking in a drier summer than normal.

Met Eireann's Gerald Fleming said it was "an interesting way of looking at it".

"We're getting a lot of low pressure which brings wind and rain. Low pressure would tend to be further north this time of year affecting Iceland, Greenland and Scotland."

Lows are further south this summer causing the unusually wet weather in Ireland, Britain and parts of Europe.

Meanwhile high pressure over Iceland is keeping it drier than normal.

However there are good signs that the weather is about to change.



Promises

"It looks like natural order will reassert itself later this week with high pressure bringing an improvement to weather here," said Mr Fleming.

However, he's not making any promises. "We cannot know everything there is to know about the weather even now ... We know the trend, but there are all sorts of smaller-scale things that are happening that we know nothing about."

One or two-day forecasts have an 85pc to 90pc chance or being accurate. The odds drop to 70pc for a three-day forecast and for a seven-day forecast there is only a 50pc chance of getting it right. Low pressure refers to areas where the air is less dense and relatively warm. The air rises and cools, and the water vapour in the air condenses forming clouds and the drops that fall as rain. High pressure brings dry, warm calm weather which is quite stable.

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