AMERICAN football player Flash Gordon is to investigate the UKs recent unusual weather.
The Met Office hopes to discover the cause of the unpredictable weather by sending Gordon into space with an attractive journalist and a scientist of questionable sanity.
A Met Office spokesman said: Some would argue that a professional sportsman is not the obvious choice for a meteorological research project, but Michael Fish was busy doing a series for BBC2.
However we dont feel this will be a problem, as Flash will be accompanied by the brilliant scientist Dr Hans Zarkov and journalist Dale Arden, who is extremely feisty.
Our plan is to send Flash and his companions to a new planet that has just entered the solar system, Mongo, which we think may have some connection to our lousy summer weather.
Once they get there, they will just need to conduct some simple meteorological tests then come back. It should all be pretty straightforward.
Gordon said: Im just glad to help. Theres nothing worse than it raining during a barbeque and having to finish your sausages off under the grill.
Dr Zarkov says hes been picking up some strange radio transmissions, including the words dispatch war rocket Ajax and the sound of booming laughter, but its probably nothing.
Its not as though were going to encounter some threatening but weirdly camp extraterrestrial civilization.
The Met Office has predicted scattered meteorite showers at the weekend.