Forget the weather forecast - it's women's hemlines that determine a heatwave

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If you want to know what the weather is up to, it might be best to start looking down. For apparently the length of a woman’s skirt is a good way of forecasting whether to expect rain or shine.

The bizarre claim is the result of sales analysis by experts at the online marketplace eBay. They insist that the length of skirts sold rises several days before the arrival of sunny skies.

And when the air is about to cool, they drop. This happens, they say, at least three days before the weather changes, and sometimes even before the forecasters at the Met Office have issued their most traditional predictions.

The trend, they claim, correctly predicted Britain’s temperamental weather last year, as well as the recent short-lived heat wave.

‘We’re calling it Mini Skirt Meterology,’ said eBay’s Ruth Szyszkowski.

‘If you want to know what the weather is going to be like in three days, just take a look at hemlines.’

During the recent hot spell, it is claimed that demand for short skirts soared by 200 per cent a full seven days ahead of the actual event – well ahead of the Met Office forecast.

There are said to be distinct changes in skirt length with the rise and fall of the thermometer, typically starting in advance of the actual change.

Source: The Daily Mail, 31.05.10