St. Swithin’s Day

St. Swithin’s Day, also called St. Swithun’s Day, (July 15,) a day on which, according to Folklore the weather for a subsequent period is dictated.  In popular belief, if it rains, on St. Swithin’s Day it will rain for 40 days, but if it is fair, 40 days of fair weather will follow.  St. Swithin was bishop on Winchester from 852 to 862.  At his request he was buried in the churchyards, where rain and the steps of passers by might fall on his grave.