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THE BICESTER TWISTER...

http://www.express.c...cester-twister-

COLDEST MAY FOR 300 YEARS QUEEN’S JUBILEE A WASHOUT

http://www.dailystar...ilee-a-washout/

We will only plug the leaks if we're allowed to raise bills: Water firms want to pass on cost of cutting waste

http://www.dailymail...l#ixzz1uNJ4desd

Britain braced for further flooding

http://www.telegraph...r-flooding.html

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New flood warnings after heavy storms and two inches of rain to come... but first dry weekend in a MONTH is just round the corner

  • By lunchtime today, parts of the South, the Midlands and Wales are forecast to have up to 30mm of rainfall
  • Winds of up to 50pmh look set to batter south and Welsh coasts
  • Temperatures will rise to highs of 18c (65f) on Saturday, which is expected to be fine, but the respite is only temporary with storms returning next week
  • The Environment Agency has issued one flood warning for the southwest of England and 29 flood alerts cross Britain
  • Severe weather warnings in place for parts of southern England and Wales
  • Despite the rain, hosepipe bans remain in place for 20million householders
If you thought, after our sodden April, that there simply couldn’t be any rain left to fall, then think again - torrential downpours, flooding and gale-force winds are set to batter the country today. But sun is around the corner with a dry few days forecast this weekend, making it the first fine one since March, according to forecasters. Temperatures, in many areas are predicted to reach 15C (59F) today and Friday and rising to highs of 18C (65F) on Saturday, which will be mostly dry and bright, but the respite is only temporary, with storms returning next week.

By lunchtime today, parts of the South, the Midlands and Wales are predicted to have up to 30mm of rainfall - almost half the monthly average of 66mm in just 24 hours. Severe weather warnings are in place for parts of southern England and Wales, but the extreme conditions are expected to head north tonight with Cumbria and southern Scotland in line for a prolonged and heavy soaking. The Environment Agency has issued one flood warning for the southwest of England and 29 flood alerts cross Britain

The Environment Agency predicted flooding on the Tone in Somerset and on half a dozen more rivers across the South.

The downpours will be accompanied by winds of up to 50mph. Environment Agency flood manager Katharine Evans said: 'Following an exceptionally wet April which led to some flooding last week, rivers are high and the ground is saturated, meaning that further rainfall brings with it an increased risk of flooding. 'We are continuing to closely monitor the forecast and rainfall, particularly for rivers in South Wales, Devon and Cornwall. And Environment Agency teams are out on the ground keeping a close watch on river levels, as well as checking defences and clearing any potential blockages to reduce the risk of flooding.

'If flooding does happen, we would urge people to keep away from swollen rivers and not to attempt to walk or drive through floodwater.'

May has been dismal so far after the wettest April since records began. Rivers burst their banks last month after running dry in drought conditions. More than five inches of rain fell last month – around double the long-term average. There was flooding in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire and localised flooding on roads across the South.

Met Office forecaster Dan Williams said: ‘We are expecting heavy rain overnight into the early hours of Thursday across the south of England, particularly the South West, due to low pressure. ‘The same system will make its way north during the afternoon which will see heavy downpours from Thursday evening. ‘There will still be some light rain and drizzle at the start of Friday in the northern areas but that will start to clear and it will be a dry day with sunny spells although fairly gusty. ‘It’s a similar story on Saturday with some light showers in northern parts but dry and bright in the South.’

Forecaster Brendan Jones of Meteogroup said: ‘Most of the country will see substantial rain over the next few days. Unfortunately there is no end in sign for the unsettled weather.’ Motorists have been advised to take extra care because of a risk of localised flooding and extremely wet roads. Today’s downpours follow a period of unsettled weather that has seen unusual storms hit parts of the country. A ‘supercell’ storm travelled through the South Midlands earlier this week, bringing rain, large hailstones and a tornado to Oxfordshire.

Retailers say the poor weather has resulted in their biggest sales falls for more than a year, with clothing markets especially badly hit. Despite the rain, hosepipe bans remain in place for 20million householders and are due to last until the end of the year.

Water firms say the drought is the worst they have had to face since the summer of 1976. However, the Mail revealed yesterday that they will not accept tougher targets on reducing leaks unless they can charge customers more. Industry regulator Ofwat is asking the water companies to reduce leakages by just 1.5 per cent by 2015.

http://www.dailymail...l#ixzz1uSYB9nb8

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HOSEPIPE BANS TO STAY DESPITE ONE OF THE WETTEST SPRINGS IN HISTORY

http://www.express.c...ings-in-history

RESERVOIR FULL AFTER RECORD LOWS...BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH

http://www.express.c...it-s-not-enough

The drought's rained off ...for all except the South-East, where the hose ban remains as Britain braces itself for another erratic weekend of weather

http://www.dailymail...l#ixzz1uesoqDNX

Meanwhile in Sydney, sun worshippers bask in 29C as city enjoys hottest May day in 70 years

http://www.dailymail...l#ixzz1uetQSYAF

Large parts of UK no longer in drought after wettest April for 100 years

http://www.thesun.co...-100-years.html

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Weather for the week ahead

BBC Weather's Matt Taylor takes a look at the rainy prospects for the week ahead.

Headline

Remaining Fairly Cool, More sunshine than of late and drier for England and Wales, wetter for Western Scotland and Northern Ireland later in the week

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/feeds/18050447

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Mercury soars in southern Spain

Temperatures more than 15 degrees above average have led to a heat warning for some parts of southern Spain.

BBC Weather's Nina Ridge reports.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/feeds/18075530

Live weather cams are showing clear blue skies with no wind helping the temperatures soar to over 40c in some loactions

http://www.restauran...ms/webcamI.html

http://www.restauran.../webcamIII.html

Fuerteventura is currently at around 37c right on the coast

Edited by Gavin D
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I see the Mirror has gone a bit nuts: Britain faces blizzards and sub-zero temperatures as summer is put on ice....

http://www.mirror.co...eratures-834689

Fuerteventura is currently at around 37c right on the coast

Excellent.....I hope it's still like that when I get there in 10 weeks time Posted Image

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I see the Mirror has gone a bit nuts: Britain faces blizzards and sub-zero temperatures as summer is put on ice....

http://www.mirror.co...eratures-834689

Excellent.....I hope it's still like that when I get there in 10 weeks time Posted Image

Looking at the webcams today its no where near as sunny as yesterday which has hit the temperatures its only 30.5c atm compared to almost 40c yesterday

EDIT

The cloud has now broke and the sun has sent the temperature upto 35.1c

http://www.restauran...cams/index.html

Edited by Gavin D

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Express readers must have very short memories...

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Hmmmm, maybe the express readers also read the Mirror.

Now let me see, who do I believe. obviously they are both well trusted purveyors of current news and events...

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Usain Bolt will be scorching in August ...and so will you

John Kettley gives his thought's

http://www.thesun.co...o-will-you.html

That looks like pure speculation to me.

I'll be placing much more faith in GP's forecast later this month, at least that will be backed up with some science.

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Did anyone else drop to the floor laughing when they read this?

LOL:

Next week will see a brief taste of things to come with a mini heatwave in the South. And even parts of the North, which have seen up to two inches of snow fall this month

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I could predict summer temps of reaching a whopping 80f at some point during July/August, the Express would be better coming to me for their forecasts than that clown.

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Is It A Bird, Is It A Plane? No, It's The Sun!

After one of the soggiest springs in living memory, warm and sunny weather is finally heading our way.

This week could see temperatures climbing to a balmy 25C this week, right on cue for the Chelsea Flower Show.

"It is too far ahead to give details for the Diamond Jubilee weekend, however the general theme for early June is currently a fine one," Lang added.

http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16231648

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The same express has been forecasting snow from october for last winter.

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