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Gale-Force Gusts And Flooding Batter UK
Gale-force winds have battered parts of the UK as the threat of torrential rain prompted dozens of flood alerts.
Severe weather warnings were issued for Wales, south west England, the Midlands, London and the South East and eastern parts of the country.
The weather meant a number of events cancelled, including day two of the Suffolk Show, the Canoe Slalom World Cup in Cardiff and the Poole Quay World Oceans Day event and boat cruise.
The Ballivor Horse Show in County Meath and some events at Bramham Horse Trials in north Yorkshire were also called off.
But campers have still been braving the high winds and rain for a taste of the great outdoors.
Sarah Walker and her partner were wrestling with their tent at Hurley in Berkshire.
She said: "We are having a lovely time.
"This is what we do, this is what the British do."
On the opposite side of the muddy campsite, Angela Bandura had been holidaying in the rain all week.
Trudging around her tent replacing the pegs, she said it had been awful.
"I don't know how I have coped actually, I could easily have gone home on the second day we were here."
On the river Thames at Eynsham in Oxfordshire the Dent and the Curry families said they were glad to be getting off their narrow boat.
After a week on the river for half term they had had enough.
Dad Steve Dent told Sky News: "It has rained every single day so we have been in full waterproofs the whole time, you can barely see when it's coming down horizontally into your eyes."
The good news is that the weather is set to improve over the weekend.
Joanna Robinson of Sky News' weather team said: "Strong winds will continue to affect the Republic of Ireland and southern Britain this evening, with potentially damaging gusts, but the wind will finally begin to ease overnight.
"Heavy rain will turn increasingly patchy as well, becoming confined to parts of Ireland, Wales and central Britain. Local flooding is still possible after such a wet spell.
"Tomorrow, Ireland, Wales, the Midlands and southern England will be less windy and mostly dry, with pleasant sunny spells developing.
"There'll be a few showers through the afternoon though, mainly in the far south.
The rest of Britain will be cloudier, with frequent showers across southern Scotland and northern England, with heavy downpours possible.
On Sunday, rain is likely to return to southern Ireland, south Wales and southern England.
Elsewhere, it'll be drier and brighter, but there'll be a scattering of showers."
The torrential downpours come after Britain experienced its wettest April on record - with the UK's biggest water company suggesting it could lift its hosepipe ban.
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what do you think?
The Lord moves in mysterious ways :)
To spend June, July & August in the UK is a bit like being down a drain; why is bad weather at this time of year newsworthy?
It is a fact that July and August are our two wettest months, but May and June are usually very good.
Its Mother Nature who controls the weather Derek, not the 'lord'. . As for torrential rain and 60mph winds in June - sounds pretty standard for an English summer to me !
And the good news is that the 99p shop now sell umbrellas,only problem is there as useful as a chocolate teapot
Ah good old British summer time. Wat happened to the days where summer was warm n sunny n the winter was cold n snowy.
We had a blazing hot spell in Somerset last in only 2006!
Dont you love this country we have super rich arrogant out of touch Cameron Osbourne Clegg the muggers of pensioners to give pocket money to the rich --- and now this forcast --- bet Camerons wondering how he can impose a WIND tax on us ---
He's only got to ask Gordon Brown as he was quite inventive about new taxes
So now the Coalition is to blame for the weather...?
There is already a 'wind tax'! Who do you think pays for windfarms and enhanced 'feed in' tariffs? Electricty bill payers. Costs the government nothing.
My neighbours are away that's why the weather is bad. Always is when they go off in their caravan. :(
Serves them right then,blocking the roads and holding up traffic. regards Jeremy
Never mind. We can all watch the 'football' on the telly. Ufortunately, over eighty percent of viewers don't like football. I wonder who's bribing the tv pundits. Perhaps the government want us to watch eleven thick over paid under educated illiterate people waddle about on grass. Like watching paint dry.
Couldn't put it better myself. I think that this government believes in bread and circuses - unfortunately, we soon won't be able to afford the bread!
FOOTBALL ?? I hate bloody football.---Jimmy@Brighton
t.v. companies just assume everyone LIKES footy,i and my wife are like you roberta we absolutely hate and detest it.I think peter coates has got it bang right, THICK OVERPAID,UNDER EDUCATED,ILLITERATE.
Me too. As someone else has said, I would rather watch paint dry than watch football.
We have less than a month of football. You have endless hours of soaps, reality shows, singing competitions, fat people, DIY, antique shows, Loose Women, Jeremy Kyle... need i go on?
all of you waiting for the elitist wimbledon to begin..ha ha...COME ON TIMMY ! YAH
Cameron insists with a load of European idiots that we have to cut CO2 because it damages the atmosphere and causes global warming. When it is like this then it is climate change. The last time that carbon dioxide was reduced was 3 million years ago and that became thw 2nd ice age which lasted 1 million years. Carbon dioxide is a heavy gas which we breathe out and so do animals. It stays on the ground and feeds trees and bushes and they give us oxygen. Co2 does not rise above 5,000 feet so it does not affect us. but to cut it oxygen will reduce, trees will disappear and bushes , then 90% of the people in the world will die except for Cameron and his friends. The 3rd ice age is now starting and in abouy 30 years the entire Europe will be covered in ice so bye bye Cameron
I agree with the gist of your argument as I recall in the sixties and seventies being warned of a new ice age. Cameron is an idiot and so are the EU brigade - I think they have something to gain from alarming the rest of us. According to a reportr in the Sunday Telegraph, water companies in England have been prevented from increasing their storage capacity!
Good comment JGS. Anyone wanting to check the actual composition of Earth atmosphere should go hear: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere_of_Earth" rel='nofollow'>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere_of_Earth</a> From the data given you will see that the Co2 content is tiny by comparison! If that is currently forcing global warming you can also start believing in fairies and unicorns too! The problem is that our politicians are appraently not very well educated - at least in science based subjects. High altitude water vapour and methane are far more effective green house gasses than the present tiny levels of Co2. The UK global Co2 contribution as estimated (none of the figures bandied around are super accurate!) is even tinier - in fact all Western European contribution is tiny by comparison to many other countries like America and China. So why this ludicrous obsession with "climate change (nee global warming"? There has to be an ulterior motive somewhere!
better put all my summer gear back in my case in the loft, looks like i wont be needing them.
i am sick of this drought, i am absolutely soaked !!!!!!
why are you ? do you have a job where you have to work outside ?
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Last thing I need is a hosepipe. I would be better of with a sump pump
Doesn't Orange mean County Meath?
We still have a hosepipe ban hee. Just as well the waterbutt has been filled up again.