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

By Staff Reporter

Published 02/06/2015

A cyclist rides along the beach at Tolcarne Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, as the great British summer is getting off to a blustery start with severe wind warnings issued nationwide as hopes of a heatwave are thwarted. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 1, 2015. The Met Office has warned that this week will begin with an unseasonably windy spell and even heavy rain despite bookies having slashed the odds on Britain enjoying the hottest June on record. See PA story WEATHER Summer. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
A cyclist rides along the beach at Tolcarne Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, as the great British summer is getting off to a blustery start with severe wind warnings issued nationwide as hopes of a heatwave are thwarted. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 1, 2015. The Met Office has warned that this week will begin with an unseasonably windy spell and even heavy rain despite bookies having slashed the odds on Britain enjoying the hottest June on record. See PA story WEATHER Summer. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
A lone spectator after the Test Match at Headingley was disrupted by rain
Isle of Man TT clerk of course Gary Thompson despairs as last night’s practice session had to be cancelled

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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