After weeks of almost continuous rain, there are hopes that St Swithin's Day on Sunday will bring a dry spell.
According to legend, if it rains on the feast day of the Saxon bishop on July 15 it will rain continuously for 40 days - but if it does not there will be 40 days of clear weather.
The good news is that forecasters say that much of the UK is likely to see a mostly dry day on Sunday. But they have also poured water on the legend's prediction, maintaining that the UK's unsettled weather is set to continue for some time.
Sky News meteorologist Chris England says the weekend is looking brighter in parts.
"There'll be sunshine and showers on Saturday throughout the country while Sunday looks to be quite a good day for most places.
"A few showers are expected in the north but elsewhere it should be dry."
However, from Monday onwards, the rain is due to return.
"It looks as though there's more rain coming in from the west for the beginning of the week - making a bit of a mockery of the legend of St Swithin's Day!"
The 30-day forecast from the Met Office suggests that the two weeks of the Olympics, which kick off on July 27, are likely to experience "changeable" weather.
Rain and fine days are likely and, while the weather is not expected to be as bad as it has been recently, the chances of a long hot dry spell remains unlikely.
The UK has seen the wettest April to June on record, including record rainfall for both the months of April and June themselves, and the wet weather has continued into July, prompting yet more flooding.
The extraordinarily wet weather follows two exceptionally dry winters which left swathes of England in drought.