Long-range forecast for summer 2009 is shaping up quite nicely after two two years of miserable summers

Boaters can look forward to a “barbecue summer”, the Met Office said today.

In its long-range forecast of the coming summer, the Met Office said temperatures are likely to be warmer than average with rainfall near or below average.

Chief meteorologist Ewan McCallum said: “After two disappointingly wet summers, the signs are much more promising this year. We can expect times when temperatures will be above 30°C, something we hardly saw at all last year.”

This doesn’t mean we can rule out the possibility of occasional heavy downpours, but a repeat of the wet summers of 2007 and 2008 is unlikely, the Met Office said.

See all the information about the forecast on the Met Office’s website .