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10:21 UK time, Monday, 25 June 2012

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Umbrella or sunglasses? Paper Monitor has found it rather difficult to negotiate what to reach for as it walks out the door this summer, and today's papers are not exactly helping the situation.

"Summer is on the way at last" declares the ever weather-obsessed Daily Express, which has the perennial problem firmly fixed on its front page.

The paper can barely contain its excitement that "a scorching blast of summer will at last roar in from the Continent" - saying "sun-starved Britons will sizzle", at least in the South of England, as temperatures are set to hit 93 degrees fahrenheit (34C).

However the Daily Mirror is not so optimistic. "What a pour summer" is its headline, as it reports "flood chaos" as the UK is hit by a month of rain in just 24 hours.

West Yorks has had a "deluge", the Isle of Wight is "mudness" and there is "misery" in Lancaster, according to the paper.

It thinks the outlook is not great either. Although there may be a two-day respite, it says there is more rain to come, with Wimbledon bound to be a "washout" and June set to be the wettest in 100 years.

To make matters worse for tennis fans, the "dreadful weather" has damaged strawberry crops so much there may be a shortage of strawberries and cream.

Now Paper Monitor isn't one to get too worked up about the weather, but a little consistency would be nice. Even if it's only so we can carry a lighter load to work.

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