This is going to be our worst summer in years, warns forecaster
The spectre of another dismal summer is upon us, with little in the way of sunshine until August, according to a forecaster.
Online forecaster Exacta Weather has warned people in Northern Ireland to prepare for unsettled weather throughout June and July - and said it could turn out to be the worst summer for years.
James Madden from Exacta said: "The June and July period is more likely to be dominated by some rather changeable and unsettled conditions, with nothing spectacular in terms of maximum temperatures.
"There could be a number of potentially warm to hot days at times throughout these two months, but these will be hampered by thunderstorms and potentially heavy downpours that will also bring the risk of flooding, in particular in some parts to the south and east of the country.
"August is most likely to be the best month of the summer in terms of maximum temperatures and more settled conditions for Northern Ireland.
"Indeed, we could see it becoming quite hot for prolonged periods within this month.
"But as a whole, the summer is likely to be cooler, wetter and more unsettled this year, with a large number of untimely summertime storms.
"We can expect below to near average temperatures and precipitation amounts will also be above average.
"This is in part due to the period of low solar activity that we currently reside in and how it intrinsically alters factors such as the jet stream and storm tracks. The excessive rainfall amounts may also contribute to a number of potentially major flood events throughout the upcoming summer, in particular in some parts of the north and east."
However, forecasters for the Met Office and PA MeteoGroup say they are unable to issue forecasts so far in advance.
On a more positive note for the short-term, temperatures are expected to pick up by next weekend.