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What is St. Swithin’s Day? The Famous Folklore Explained

In this article, we take a look at the old English folklore and what it could mean for this summer.

Have you been disappointed with the weather lately? If so, you’re not alone.  

With the unpredictable UK weather, it’s hard to believe we’re now in July – and it still feels like we’re waiting for the real summer to begin.  

Looking ahead, we can’t help but wonder what the weather has in store for the rest of the season. Read on to learn how we might be about to find out this St. Swithin’s Day! 


What is St. Swithin’s Day? 

St. Swithin’s Day is the feast day of St. Swithin and falls every year on the 15th of July. Swithin was Bishop of Winchester from around 852 – 862 AD.  

Before his death, he asked to be buried in the churchyard of Winchester, where drops of rain would fall onto his grave. Supposedly, after his remains were moved inside the cathedral on 15th July, 971, a huge storm followed. 

According to folklore, if it rains on St. Swithin’s Day, it will rain for the next forty days. If not, forty days of ‘fair’ (good) weather will come. Or so it is summed up in an old poem: 

“St. Swithin’s Day, if it does rain, 

Full forty days, it will remain. 

St. Swithin’s Day, if it be fair, 

For forty days, t ‘will rain no more.” 


Is the legend of St. Swithin’s Day true? 

As with many tales of folklore, it’s difficult to prove whether the one surrounding St. Swithin’s Day is true. 

Of course, there is some ambiguity with the legend. For one, some versions state that the prophecy comes true only if it rains on St. Swithin’s bridge in Winchester, while others speak more generally. 

Britannica states the first record of it is in a manuscript at Emmanuel College in Cambridge from the 13th-14th century. So, there is at least one instance of it being documented.  

Looking at historic weather data, there’s nothing to say that it came true in recent years. Though given the unprecedented rain and summer storms we’ve had so far this season, could this be the year? 


Replace your vehicle’s wiper blades 

Whether or not you believe in folk tales or think of them as just that, it’s important to prepare for unexpected weather. 

If it’s been a while since you last replaced your wiper blades, then now is the time to change them. For your safety and that of others, we recommend you normally replace them every 6-12 months maximum. 

Replacing your wiper blades is important not just in the autumn and winter months, but in summer too. Why? We’ve outlined some of the main reasons below: 

  • Unpredictable weather can mean frequent summer showers and even storms. 
  • Warmer temperatures can cause the rubber in your wiper blades to deteriorate faster. 

If your MOT is soon approaching, it’s especially important to have good, working wipers. Damaged or insufficient wiper blades can actually result in an MOT failure, costing you a lot more than it does to replace them beforehand! 

You’ll also enjoy greater peace of mind when going on longer road trips if the weather takes a turn for the worse. Really, there’s no reason not to replace your wiper blades!  

Read more about why your wiper blades may need replacing this summer


Beat the odds this St. Swithin’s Day 

Want to prepare for whatever the weather throws at you this summer? Shop replacement wiper blades for your vehicle.  

At Wiper Blades, we stock a wide selection of high-quality wipers from top brands. Choose from BOSCH, MICHELIN, Valeo, Lucas, TRICO, and more. Want to maximise savings? Our own brand Aerowiper offers a great cost-effective option, bringing you the same quality for less.  

Use our handy vehicle input tool to shop wiper blades guaranteed to fit your vehicle – no need to worry about ordering the wrong ones! With our helpful fitting guide videos, you can also fit your new wipers in minutes all by yourself – for a job well done. 

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