Weather myths that 3 in 4 of us be­lieve

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Colin Fer­nan­dez news@dai­ly­mail.ie

WE are bom­barded daily by fore­casts that use the lat­est com­puter mod­el­ling.

But three in four of us are still more likely to rely on old wives’ tales to pre­dict the weather.

We re­tain a be­lief – of­ten mis­guided – that cows lie down when it’s about to rain or that a red sky at night means it will be fine to­mor­row.

A sur­vey found that 58% of adults be­lieve weather proverbs are ac­cu­rate to some de­gree – and two-thirds of these say they can be more re­li­able than of­fi­cial fore­casts.

How­ever, nearly half of those who

‘Some are backed up by science’

have re­lied on old wives’ tales to pre­dict the weather ad­mit they have been caught out.

Not all those who be­lieve the proverbs make use of them. While 83% ac­cept ‘red sky at night, shep­herd’s de­light’ as true, only 70% rely on it as a guide to the next day’s weather.

The UK sur­vey looked at sev­eral of the best-known pieces of well-know folk­lore to see which are sci­en­tif­i­cally ac­cu­rate and which are myths.

While around a quar­ter of peo­ple be­lieve that if it is wet on St Swithin’s Day – July 15 – there will be rain on each of the next 40 days, there is no ev­i­dence to back this up. Char­lie Pow­ell, a weather fore­caster the Bri­tish Met Of­fice, said: ‘Some of these weather say­ings are backed up by science, oth­ers are noth­ing more than old wives’ tales.’

But if you don’t trust pseu­do­science, ac­cord­ing to Met Éire­ann, tem­per­a­tures are set to rocket to 27C to­day. It will be gen­er­ally dry, warm and sunny with av­er­age day­time tem­per­a­tures of 20C through­out the coun­try.

The best weather will come in the west, north and north west. Many other parts of the coun­try will be very warm, how­ever, with tem­per­a­tures in Mun­ster, Dublin and other parts of Le­in­ster ex­pected to reach the early-to-mid 20s.

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