Floods warnings have been issued for the South East as forecasters warn of three weeks of rain in one hour as the heatwave is set to end. Torrential showers and thundery weather is expected to strike the South East today amid fears of possible flooding. The Met Officer says the worst of the weather is due to hit between 1pm to 11pm. A spokeman said: "There is the risk of torrential downpours on Friday afternoon and evening. "Whilst most places will miss the worst, it could lead to localised surface water flooding and difficult driving conditions. Frequent lightning and perhaps hail could be additional hazards." … [Read more...] about UK weather: Flood warnings for the South East as three weeks of rain to fall in an hour
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has arrived in flood-hit Derbyshire after parts of Britain suffered chaos yesterday as a woman's body was recovered from floodwater, drivers were stranded in their cars and people were forced to sleep in a shopping centre overnight. He attended a briefing from emergency personnel including members of the East Midlands Ambulance Service and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service at Matlock Police Station as he arrived in the Midlands to see the impact of the weather. He also met some of the police officers who had helped with the flooding. Speaking at the meeting, the Prime Minister said: 'You must have been at it all day. Thank you very much. I remember Whaley Bridge, you did an amazing job. Absolutely fantastic. Very sad about the fatality this morning.' He then helped mop up flood water inside a Specsavers opticians during his visit to Matlock. He told staff: 'You're lucky none of your stock has been damaged.' A woman was swept away by … [Read more...] about The day roads turned to rivers: Boris Johnson joins the clean-up operation in flood-hit North and Midlands towns as aerial photos reveal the devastation caused by ‘biblical’ flooding that’s left streets waist-deep in water and a woman dead
Raging flood waters have swamped homes after torrential downpours brought a month's rainfall in just an hour - while snow sweeps across parts of Britain amid urgent Amber and Yellow weather warnings. Residents in Whiston near Sheffield were photographed trying to get back into their severely flooded homes on Thursday afternoon, following a Met Office flood alert warning of a 'danger to life', amid fears that four inches of rain could fall in just eight hours. Dramatic photos show residents wading through dirty flood water, cars abandoned and homes which have been submerged by nearly ten feet of water in some parts. In Scotland, arctic winds are threatening to bring heavy snowfall as a low-pressure system moves in. Snow ploughs were used on frostbitten roads to prevent travel chaos as roads became blanketed with ice. And in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, residents were evacuated from 35 homes following a mudslide caused by heavy rain, as persistent downpours battered … [Read more...] about Residents are evacuated as raging flood waters swamp homes after torrential downpours with a MONTH’S rain falling in just an HOUR – while SNOW also hits Britain
Deadly flooding in Uganda has claimed at least 16 lives, the Red Cross says, as the region reels from weeks of rain.Rescuers have been recovering the bodies of victims swept to their deaths by the flash floods in the western Bundibugyo area, the aid group said.Homes have been washed away and a number of roads blocked or destroyed.Large parts of east Africa have suffered floods and landslides in recent weeks. Hundreds have died and millions have been displaced. The events have been linked to an unusual weather phenomenon in the Indian Ocean,The climate phenomenon linking floods and bushfiresMeanwhile, in Somalia, the authorities are trying to assess the damage caused by tropical storm Pawan, which brought wind and torrential rain to part of the northern coast on Saturday, cutting communications with the town of Eyl.What happened in Uganda?Heavy rain has been battering the country for weeks, and intensified overnight on Friday into Saturday. Police, military, aid agencies and community … [Read more...] about Uganda floods: At least 16 people dead, Red Cross says
Flooding and landslides in East Africa have killed dozens of people and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes. Meanwhile, thousands of miles away in Australia, a period of hot, dry weather has led to a spate of bushfires.Both weather events have been linked to higher-than-usual temperature differences between the two sides of the Indian Ocean - something meteorologists refer to as the Indian Ocean Dipole. What exactly is the dipole and how does it work?The dipole is a climate phenomenon similar to El NiñoThe Indian Ocean Dipole - often called the "Indian Niño" because of its similarity to its Pacific equivalent - refers to the difference in sea-surface temperatures in opposite parts of the Indian Ocean.Temperatures in the eastern part of the ocean oscillate between warm and cold compared with the western part, cycling through phases referred to as "positive", "neutral" and "negative".The dipole's positive phase this year - the strongest for six decades - means warmer … [Read more...] about Indian Ocean Dipole: What is it and why is it linked to floods and bushfires?