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Pumpkin and squash need pretty decent spells of warm weather in the mid-20s at least. How long they take to maturity depends on the variety, obviously, but even the smaller ones need around 90 days.
If Monty managed to grow pumpkins in this wet summer then you should be able to grow them in a more normal summer. Trouble is you don't know what to expect in advance! Runner beans like wet, broad beans are quite hardy, so are brassicas. Spinach should be OK. Nearly everyone had a bad year this year. I wouldn't even think of sweet peppers or aubergines and if you specially wanted tomatoes then one of those cheap shelters with clear plastic or even a greenhouse may be something to think about - so long as it doesn't blow away!
Try some of the smaller varieties like Kutchi kuri which may well ripen more easily than teh larger ones. A packet of seeds won't break the bank. Start them off in individual pots on the window sill in April to have plants to put out after the last frosts of May. That should give them time to ripen well. Make sure their soil has been improved with plenty of good garden compost and/or well rotted manure so it is fullof nutirents and retains moisture as they are hungry, thirsty plants.
Am sure I remember reading that the RHS had trialed some squash/pumpkin varieties to identify those that crop well in the uk. Also article in Telegraph gradening section today on growing recommended some varieties that the writer had managed to grow successfully in the Cotswolds (which is actually quite cold and exposed area). Can;t find the section but I think the varieties were 'Sunshine' and 'Sunspot'?. You should be able to access it online rather than relay on my failing memory...
Most good sites give you information on varieties, sizes and expected time to maturity. I use T&M.