One minute forecasters say it’s going to be wet, the next sunny, then windy. It gets confusing, particularly when some forecasts are referring to longer-term weather patterns.┬áThis has lead to a tourism chief calling for the Met Office to concentrate on more short-term accurate forecasts.

Last weekend the UK enjoyed sunshine and high temperatures, with resort managers reporting one of their busiest weekends of the year. However, only weeks ago, weather and climate experts met at the Met Offices in Exeter and said that we could be facing a decade of wet summers.

Director of tourism at Bournemouth council, Mark Smith, told the Sunday Times: “People are totally confused.

“One minute they are told global warming is going to result in hotter summers and the next minute they are told it is going to be soggy.

“We want accurate short-term forecasts.”

Sarah Holland of the Met Office said: “There is a link between warm surface temperatures in the north Atlantic and a higher frequency of wet summers in the UK.

“There is still a lot of research that needs to be done, but we could be in a phase where we see more wet summer.”