Most of us were none too happy when the predicted hot summer turned into a washout.
But Bessie the black labrador can thank her lucky stars the weathermen were wrong.
On a jaunt across the fields near her home, Bessie went to investigate a baited fox trap in a gully - and became trapped inside.
Lucky to be alive: Bessie with owner Donna Gornall
For three and a half weeks, she was stuck in the cage with barely enough room to move and nothing to eat.
But she survived by licking drops of rainwater from the heavy downpours.
Eventually, the nine-year-old dog was discovered by a walker and reunited with her owners, who had been scouring the countryside trying to find her.
Yesterday, she was recuperating with Dave and Donna Gornall, a little thinner and greyer than before but otherwise none the worse for her ordeal.
The reunion was particularly thrilling for the couple's daughters, Olivia, six, and Katie, five, who had put up posters in the hope of tracking
her down. 'We're all absolutely thrilled - she's such a lovely dog and we're really happy to have her back,' said Mrs Gornall.
'When she was brought back she'd lost so much weight her collar was hanging off her, and the dark fur under her chin had all gone grey - she's obviously had a really tough time. But she was the same old Bessie and she's getting back to normal now, thankfully.'
The couple, who both drive lorries, live in Lancashire near the village of Ribchester, and their dog often wanders to Mrs Gornall's mother's farm half a mile away.
But when Bessie vanished on July 9, she wasn't at either house, so the family went out combing the local area and shouting her name, to no avail.
'I didn't give up hope, but I was starting to wonder whether we would see her again,' said Mrs Gornall, 34.
On August 2, however, her husband received a phone call - a walker had heard a dog whimpering and had discovered Bessie inside the cage, getting her owners' information from her collar.
Now the Gornalls want whoever set the trap to be traced and prosecuted. It is legal to lay snares and traps, but they must be checked regularly, and any wild animals caught must be promptly destroyed.
Otherwise the person responsible could face prosecution under animal welfare laws.
Local wildlife officer PC Carl Chew said: 'The dog is lucky to be alive. If the weather had been the hot summer predicted, she would not have survived.'
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