Summer visitation to many top UK attractions was significantly lower than usual amid abnormally rainy weather.
According to a U.K. tourist association, outdoor sites bore the brunt of the drop in visits amid "appalling weather," the BBC News website said on Monday.
While the fall in the number of visits was noted through England and Scotland, the London area apparently took the greatest hit.
Summer visitor numbers to "garden" and "leisure" sites were 21 percent lower than usual, followed closely by the "heritage and cathedral" sector, which saw 20 percent fewer visits, the Association for Leading Visitor Attractions (Alva) indicated.
Rainy skies were likely not alone in cutting visits to London area attractions, the BBC said. The biggest drop in area visits, up to 60 percent, happened during the two weeks of the Summer Games, according to statistics from Alva.
Alva has 43 members, managing almost 2,000 tourist sites. These host more than 100 million domestic and overseas visitors each year, the BBC said.
The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
The 38.5 degree C (101 degrees F) reading Tuesday in Ajaccio, Corsica, may have been tops in Europe.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!