Wet weather here to stay

People brave the weather on Blackpool Promenade
People brave the weather on Blackpool Promenade
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TORRENTIAL downpours let June seep into the record books as one of the wettest months ever – but tourism bosses have their fingers crossed for a drier, jubilant July.

The Met Office has confirmed double the average rain – 121mm – fell in Blackpool last month, making it the second wettest June since records began 66 years ago.

Unrelenting rain and heavy winds led to Sir Elton John’s concert being cut short while the John Barrowman and outdoor Olympic celebrations on the new Tower Festival Headland were cancelled altogether.

And a Met Office spokesman said more temperamental weather is on the way throughout July,

She added: “Movements in the track of the jet stream and a narrow band of fast-flowing westerly winds high in the atmosphere have contributed to the weather we have seen.”

Claire Smith, president of StayBlackpool, admitted June was dismal for tourism, so hopes are high July can deliver some sunshine.

She said: “Historically June is a difficult month in Blackpool. It has been dismal and without all the events and concerts going on, it would have been throat-cutting.

“Most definitely the weather does impact. We’re hoping for some sunshine this month but we are British, it rains – we have to get on with it!

“The magic conference lands in the resort this weekend and then we’ve got The Open golf and darts championships. If we look after them well then hopefully they will return with their families for the Blackpool experience.”