In 2012 the country celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and hosted the London Olympics two events that gave British tourism a boost over many months but sadly the summer was dogged by heavy rain and miserable weather.
At least right now it is not really cold in the UK but it is equally miserable with heavy rain, grey skies and unpredictable weather ruining many outdoor events.
You can bag a bargain at the 'sales' as stores try to shift summer clothes a little earlier than usual.
The latest predictions are the weather will improve by the end of this week but be unsettled again by next mid-week. By that time we will be into August and autumn will be on its way for real.
So where or when will it all end?
You can find out more about the Jetstream, its effect on our weather and forecasts for the next 16 days here.
That website offers you a great way to see the forecast and learn - "The Jetstream plays a large role when it comes to the weather across the UK, so from here you can view the latest Jetstream forecast right out to 16 days in 3 hour time steps."
The United Kingdom may be a relatively small country but there are often variations in our weather north to south and east to west.
Keep one step ahead of the weather by checking the BBC's interactive service here.
Is it all down to climate change, global warming or is it just because British weather is predictably unpredictable?
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