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First day of summer a washout as TT and Test match disrupted

By Staff Reporter

The first day of the 'Great British Summer' was marked by heavy rain, strong, blustery winds, weather warnings and a slew of cancelled events.

Although bookies have slashed the odds on Britain enjoying the hottest June on record, yesterday was a washout.

Wind warnings have been issued for all regions of the UK except Orkney and Shetland, until 6pm today.

Yesterday, rain prevented any play at Headingley, where day four of the Test Match between England and New Zealand was abandoned.

And on the Isle of Man, it was safety first for the road racers as TT clerk of course Gary Thompson cancelled the second practice session yesterday after 65mph winds were predicted.

A Met Office spokesman said the low pressure coming across the UK today will bring strong winds - gusts of 40-50mph "fairly widely" with 60-70mph gales expected in areas such as some Irish Sea coasts.

Asked about the idea of a heatwave coming, he added: "I wouldn't say that there's a heatwave on the way. No."

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