Summer could be just around the corner.

Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens has predicted a good weekend and the chance of warmer weather returning by next week.

And that’s good news after several days of heavy rain, which made a mockery of the term Flaming June.

The term was originally nothing to do with early summer heat; rather,it was the title of an aesthetic late-Victorian painting by the artist Fredric Lord Leighton completed in 1895, a year before his death.

But we have long looked ahead and hope for summer weather in June.

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These days “flaming June” is more often uttered as a curse than a forecast.

Mr Stevens said: “People have short memories.

“Yes it has been wet for the past few days but in the early part of June we had the first of the plumes of warm air from the Continent which brought us several very good, warm days.

Huddersfield weather forecast
Huddersfield weather forecast

“That has meant the temperature so far for the month is average.

“Thursday and Friday this week look pretty similar, with cooler winds from the north bringing the temperature down to no more than 14°C and a mixture of sunny spells and showers, some of them heavy.

“But as we reach the weekend it should start to warm up and we could see temperatures back to normal, about 18°C, and longer sunny spells.

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“Looking further ahead I think we could see another plume of humid air reaching us from the Azores and that could mean a spell of warm weather, perhaps up to 21°C, with good sunny periods.

“It is pretty much as we forecast some weeks ago. We’re not going to have a summer of wall to wall sunshine but rather spells of warm or hot weather for a few days, followed by cooler, showery weather.”

Rainfall for the month so far stands at 54mm. The normal June average is 55mm so it is likely we will have a wetter month than normal.