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European edition, Saturday, August 25, 2007

RAF MILDENHALL — Servicemembers in the United Kingdom — suffering from record poor summer weather — could get a breather from the heavy rain, strong winds and cool weather across the region.

Dry and warmer weather dominates the forecast this weekend with temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees.

“Forecast looks much better this weekend. It’s not getting hot but still nice. No precipitation, [except] maybe a few drops on Sunday,” said Harald Strauss, from the 21st Operational Weather Squadron based out of Sembach Air Base in Germany, about the local forecast.

As a result of the stormy season, the U.K. is on track to break its summer rainfall record of 14.1 inches that occurred in 1956. On Tuesday, the rainfall count for this summer stood at 13.9 inches, according to the British environmental and weather organization Met Office.

“It looks like we will probably be on line to break that record,” said Met Office spokeswoman Sancha Lancaster.

At Mildenhall, recent inclement weather produced 25-knot sustained northerly winds and dropped 1.42 inches of rain, said Staff Sgt. Ricardo Cisneros, a weather technician with the 100th Operations Support Squadron.

“To me, it’s just typical English weather,” Senior Airman Matthew Christian said Friday under an overcast sky outside Mildenhall’s BXtra. Christian is a flight line maintenance technician with the 488th Intelligence Squadron.

Staff Sgt. Sergio Carpio, a client support administrator also with the squadron, thought the weather was more of a downer.

“It drops the morale,” Carpio said. “Summer has been pretty much gloomy. Last year was a lot better.”

Although showers could pop up again next week, Lancaster said the U.K. will stay predominately dry with no risk of floods in sight.

In July, torrential rainstorms drenched central and western parts of England, leaving thousands without running water as well as causing roughly $200,000 in water damages to RAFs Fairford and Welford.

The floods even put a portion of Fairford, located just outside the air base with the same name, underwater when the River Coln swelled over its edges.

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