WEYMOUTH has the UK's driest summers according to new survey.

With recent storms drenching the area, it's hard to imagine the long, hot summer that many of us crave.

But according to a recent poll of the best locations in which to buy a second home by the sea, Weymouth has the lowest rainfall of any UK town, with a relatively arid 35.9 inches of rain per year.

The study extols the benefits of living in a seaside town, thanks to their colourful histories, providing happiness and relaxation by the bucket (and spade) load.

They can even be quite lucrative… for landlords, that is, according to Compare the Market, carrying out the research. The company says that being a landlord in a coastal hotspot could mean financial rewards, 'a summer holiday home and much more.'

A spokesman for Compare the Market said: "No one likes a soggy beach... Weymouth could be a great option if you’re hoping to avoid the wellies and raincoats. The dryer weather could mean you add al fresco dining options and balconies to your property, which could lead to higher financial rewards."

Weymouth ranks as number 23 on the overall list of best places to invest in a holiday home. Areas are ranked according to a variety of factors, including potential rental income - which, in Weymouth, is said to be around £24,554 per year, or £108 per day.

The top five are Southwold, Felixstowe, Teignmouth, Folkstone and Bournemouth.

Mark Gordon, director, Money & Mortgages, said: “When it comes to getting a mortgage for your second home it’s important to be clear with your lender what you are going to use the home for, whether that’s buying to rent or for a holiday home. If you opt for a holiday home you can then apply for a second residential mortgage to help buy your new home.

"If you are looking to escape the city and find yourself a second home by the sea, it appears the south of the UK would be your best bet, offering the great summer weather and higher revenue. However, although you may have to compromise a little on the sunshine, seaside homes in the north can be considerably cheaper yet still give a good return.”