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I didn't mention Saharan Africa but since you did, Cairo is bigger than London and gets hardly any rain. 😋
My point was, wet and dry are not absolutes. "Manchester is undoubtedly wet" compared to London but in UK terms? It's not so straightforward. Internationally, the whole of the UK (including London) has a reputation for being wet, most likely due to the nature of the rainfall rather than the actual amount.
This weeks slow sea ice animation Losses across the Pacific side of the Arctic almost balanced out by a large wind-driven increase east of Svalbard. We can see the first signs of melt in Hudson Bay also & large leads opening along the Siberian side - sign of a very mobile central pack.