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Weather: UK's Wettest Ever April To June
This April to June was the wettest on record as a major clean-up operation takes place in northern Britain following freak storms.
Homes well away from rivers and streams were flooded and cars were submerged after Thursday's heavy rainfall.
Northern England, the Midlands, Scotland and Northern Ireland were worst hit by storms that brought lightning, giant hail stones and reports of damage from squalls and tornadoes.
In stark contrast, southern parts of Britain enjoyed dry weather and temperatures as high as 28C.
Sky's weather presenter Isobel Lang said: "Rainfall figures still have to be confirmed, but this June could end up being the wettest on record beating that of 2007 when there was also widespread and severe flooding.
"It's also been downright dull and much cooler than average - a miserable start to summer that's for sure.
"Worryingly, this is off the back of the wettest April on record and the Environment Agency has said that according to their statistics it has been the wettest April to June ever.
"Will the weather improve during July? Some sunnier spells are likely between the rainy days, but the general theme is still for rather changeable and showery weather for the next couple of weeks.
"The end of the month looks drier and sunnier which at least brings some hope."
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman is visiting the North East of England as homeowners, businesses and the insurance industry count the cost of the clean-up.
Northern Powergrid said 2,450 customers in the North East were without electricity after lightning strikes damaged supply lines. The areas most affected by loss of power were Consett, Stanhope and Alnwick.
The company cancelled all planned engineering work and redeployed staff in a bid to restore power to all homes as soon as possible. Most of the properties have now had their power re-connected.
Hundreds of rail engineers are working to repair damaged tracks which disrupted services between England and Scotland.
Rail services were badly disrupted as rain tore away track beds at Scremerston, Northumberland, and landslides in the Lake District and Scottish Highlands caused more problems.
It led to thousands being stranded as no trains could pass between Newcastle and Edinburgh. The route has since been reopened, but with journey times extended by 90 minutes.
A normal service is expected to run between London and Leeds.
The Environment Agency has eight flood alerts in place - five in the Midlands - but no warnings.
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what do you think?
So happy i decided to stay in the UK this summertime. . . Instead of lying on a beach in Bali sipping cocktails, im in Shakespeare country drinking coffee and watching the rainclouds. . . This country. . .
Just had a massive storm, hail, heavy rain and thunder and now the sun has come out again. Wish it would make its mind up :(
Careful, Valerie, you'll have Andrea on your case, lol!
Julie you really are a one.
Oh! And here she is again! Lol!......it's Andrea, folks,...the one and only! Hahaaaaa!
Lovely weather... Don't you just love it? Well, I do and long may it continue! There's nothing worse than hot humid weather that makes you feel clammy and all hot and bothered. It's not that I don't like sunny days, I do has long as they're not too hot! The trouble is, summer sun in GB normally equals high humidity and there's nothing more uncomfortable than that. I find the rain extremely comforting and who can fail to be awestruck by the beauty and majesty of a huge thunderstorm? There's something primeval about it! The feel of rain on your face too, as you gaze up at the sky can somehow make you feel alive. Also, when you're lying in bed and you can hear the rain lashing against the window pain... pure bliss!
LOL I think I see a poet in you somewhere :D
What do you expect from a pagan ? I love the rain as well but seeing as thats what we get all spring/autumn/winter - is it too much to hope for a bit of sunshine in summer ?
Ahh, thankyou Valerie. :0)
Really enjoyed reading that. agree love rain on my conservatory roof.very soothing.
Plenty in the graveyards who wouldn't mind a drop of rain on their faces.....it's not that important if it rains a lot, is it?
Your bundle laughs julie
Actually...NO! I don't love it. I have a tide mark 18 inches in every room on the groundfloor of my house. No carpets, sofas, or anything like that now, all piled up, ruined, in a skip outside. But then that's my problem, isn't it. Enjoy the rain.
Time of the month, Andrea, bless!
John.....Andrea be spitting venom at you as well, careful!.......sorry to hear your house been ruined...:-(
Julie you are a real stirrer
Ohhh!....pot, kettle, black! I don't want to play your silly little girl games anymore, run along now.....
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not news everyone in the had this one worked out .
And we need a news story to tell us this?
No sh.t Sherlock! Funny as it may seem,......we actualy noticed! Duh!
No Andrea........not misery, I was merely pointing out the fact that actualy, we all had noticed! As it happens, weather doesn't bother me!.....that is all
You are obnoxious.
Its a.joy to listen to your modern(COMMON) phrases.
Now now girls, have a saucer of milk and make up
andrea you called Julie miserable, obnoxious and common. all she said was that we knew that the weather had been terrible. To come on here and behave like that over nothing is unacceptable and you have made a bit of an a*** of yourself by doing so. Julie is not a nasty poster and does not deserve that, so behave please! Dave it's hardly a cat fight when one person is nasty and the other is not!
Julie, i know you don't need me to stick up for you, but i couldn't help it. Andrea was being so silly in her replies.
Thanks louise, tbh, she's just making me laugh, lol! I must be her "target of the week" hee hee! Awww, pity for her! Lol!
I've only lived through a few decades, however, what is interesting is, I've lived through the hottest, coldest, windiest ... and now the rainiest summers in Britain. This leads me to wonder, some governments might be financing military weather control projects [which, obviously we already knew that but ... ] and they might be testing their weather control devices in that sequence of events?
Thats as likely a reality as the moon landings being faked, that 9/11 was a CIA/Mossad conspiracy and that the capitalism is a fair system of governance
This is bad news for the water companies. Wonder what excuse they'll use for the next hose pipe ban.
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Does it really matter if this is the wettest on record. Think of those poor folk who's homes were flooded and they have lost belongings that can never be replaced. Are there relief f. unds being set up? I have heard nothing. Are we expecting overseas countries to donate? After all we are the first with our hands in our pockets in their hour of need, and as Cameron keeps telling us while he whizzes more money off us, we are broke. Surely this is our hour of need?