glasshouse, There is an old saying "Flaming June". My father always reckoned it referred to the constant wet, not the sunshine, although when the phrase was coined it rather suggests fine, hot weather.
It must be Spring in Redesdale
When the frost'll lift bi Noon
The weather it says January
But the calendar says June.
No idea who wrote it, but it was a long time ago. The Rede runs into the North Tyne, joining, guess what, with the south Tyne to form...the Tyne - as in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Thankfully it cooled slightly last weekend and we are just in the high 20s rather than mid 30s. It will not rain until October, but as I have said before, that is not a drought, just a dry spell and it happens every summer.