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UK weather forecast – Met Office warns ‘danger to life’ as flash floods and 60mph gales to hit Britain before snow – The Sun

FORECASTERS have warned of a "danger to life" as flash floods and gales spark travel chaos and power cuts – before a burst of snow lashes Britain.

The Met Office released FOUR weather warnings as a cold front inches across the country.

One in South Wales warns: "Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

"Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life.

"There is a good chance some communities cut off by flooded roads.

"Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses are likely."

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The warning covers large parts of South Wales.

Three more cover the South West, North Wales, and the Midlands.

Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said: "A cold front will move across the country later on Saturday and this will bring a marked change in temperatures compared to the start of the weekend.

"There will be blustery showers and the risk of gales in the north on Sunday, there is a chance that some of these showers will turn wintry especially over high ground.

"It is going to feel markedly colder, especially across the southeast after this cold front moves across bringing temperatures down from mid-double figures to around 9C to 12C.

"We are going to be a bit below average in terms of temperatures into the start of next week.

"Skies will be clear so it is going to be chilly, we are also going to see winds coming in from the north and the east. There will be a risk of frosts in the morning and some early fog."

The Government's Flood Information Service has 13 warnings where "immediate action" is required.

The warnings are in place across Yorkshire, the Midlands, and Wales.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service warned: "Large volumes of flood water in North Devon are making driving conditions hazardous.

"Fire & Police have attended a number of people who have driven into floodwater.

"Drivers are asked to respect road closures, not diverting to minor roads which are more treacherous. Avoid travel."

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Whole week of rain to fall in one day as thundery showers grip flood-hit Britain

More than a week's worth of rain is expected to hit parts of the UK today as four days of thundery showers grip the country.

The Environment Agency has warned of further flooding today, issuing four flood warnings and 35 alerts for England.

Gale-force winds are also set to lash coastal areas over the coming days, with gusts reaching 36mph in south England on Friday.

Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts told Mirror Online: "We've got showery weather for the next four days, on pretty much any of those days there's potential for them to be heavy with the odd rumble of thunder.

"Today and tomorrow, western areas are most prone to the thundery showers.

"Into the weekend I would say it's more the southern half of the UK at the greatest risk.

"There is the potential for isolated gale-force gusts."

She said up to 40mm of rain is possible in the high grounds of west Wales and south-west Scotland today.

Similar rainfall levels may hit some parts of eastern Scotland tomorrow, the Met Office forecaster added.

The average monthly rainfall for the UK in October is 127mm.

Ms Roberts said strong winds are expected on the western and southern coasts today, before moving to the south coast tomorrow.

Over the weekend the blustery weather will affect the coast of north-west Scotland. 

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern warned that an occluded front could increase showers on Thursday night – as coastal gales lash the south of the country.

The BBC added that 'very significant' amounts of rain are expected over the next few days.

A mix of clear spells and heavy showers will affect most parts of the UK tonight.

The downpours will likely be most frequent across southern and western regions.

Regions to the northeast will experience the lengthiest dry spells.


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Japan looks for missing after typhoon, warns of mudslides

Rescue crews in Japan dug through mudslides and searched near swollen rivers Monday as they looked for those missing from a typhoon that left as many as 36 dead and caused serious damage in central and northern Japan.

Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds Saturday that left thousands of homes on Japan’s main island flooded, damaged or without power.

Authorities warned more mudslides were possible with rain forecast for the affected area during the day Monday.

Kyodo News service, assembling information from a wide network, counted 36 deaths caused by the typhoon with 16 people missing. The official count from the Fire and Disaster Management Agency was 19 dead and 13 missing.

Hagibis dropped record amounts of rain for a period in some spots, according to meteorological officials, causing more than 20 rivers to overflow. In Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, 100 centimeters (39 inches) of rainfall was recorded over the last 48 hours.

Some of the muddy waters in streets, fields and residential areas have subsided. But many places remained flooded, with homes and surrounding roads covered in mud and littered with broken wooden pieces and debris. Some places normally dry still looked like giant rivers.

Some who lined up for morning soup at evacuation shelters, which are housing 30,000 people, expressed concern about the homes they had left behind. Survivors and rescuers will also face colder weather with northern Japan turning chilly this week.

Rescue efforts were in full force with soldiers and firefighters from throughout Japan deployed. Helicopters could be seen plucking some of the stranded from higher floors and rooftops of submerged homes.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government will set up a special disaster team, including officials from various ministries, to deal with the fallout from the typhoon, including helping those in evacuation centers and boosting efforts to restore water and electricity to homes.

“Our response must be rapid and appropriate,” Abe said, stressing that many people remained missing and damage was extensive.

Damage was serious in Nagano prefecture, where an embankment of the Chikuma River broke. Areas in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures in northern Japan were also badly flooded.

In such areas, rescue crew paddled in boats to each half-submerged home, calling out to anyone left stranded.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said 56,800 homes were still without electricity Monday in Tokyo and nearby prefectures that the utility serves. Tohoku Electric Power Co. said 5,600 homes were without power in Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima and Niigata.

East Japan Railway Co. said Hokuriku bullet trains were running Monday but reduced in frequency and limited to the Nagano city and Tokyo route.

An image of the aerodynamically curved bullet trains sitting in water, was seen by many as a sad but iconic symbol of the typhoon’s devastation.

Mimori Domoto, who works at Nagano craft beer-maker Yoho Brewing Co., said all 40 employees at her company had been confirmed safe. But deliveries had temporarily halted, and an event to promote the beer in Tokyo over the weekend was canceled for safety concerns.

“My heart aches when I think of the damage that happened in Nagano. Who would have thought it would get this bad?” she said.

Tama River in Tokyo also overflowed, but damage was not as great as other areas. Areas surrounding Tokyo, such as Tochigi, also suffered damage.

Much of life in Tokyo returned to normal. People were out and about in the city, trains were running, and store shelves left bare when people were stockpiling were replenished.

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UK weather forecast – Met Office warns two inches of rain to fall in just 12 hours sparking more flood chaos and week-long washout

BRITS will be battered with two inches of rain in just 12 hours -sparking flood chaos and a week-long washout.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning from midday to midnight tomorrow for much for England, and some of Wales.


Up to 60mm – two inches – could fall, with a yellow warning urging Brits to be aware of possible floods.

Areas affected include London, Manchester, Devon, Cornwall, Yorkshire, Birmingham and Oxford – among others.

The warning says: "Rain is expected to move northwards across much of England on Monday, heavy at times, especially during the afternoon and evening.

"15 to 25 mm is likely to fall quite widely, and there is potential for 40 to 60 mm to fall in a few places."

More rain will follow for the rest of the week, with Wednesday and Thursday to see showers, winds and fog.

Southern and western parts of the UK look set to become cloudy on Monday with outbreaks of rain pushing in.

And unfortunately it looks as though the unsettled weather will not be going anywhere, as miserable conditions are expected to dominate most of October.

The Met Office said the northwest could see heavy showers with a risk of coastal gales starting next week.

WINTER IS COMING

Despite the downpours, temperatures should remain around average for this time of the year – although it may feel colder at times in the wind and rain.

A long-range forecast states that, while some drier and brighter spells are likely from October 26 onwards, these will also bring with them more widespread overnight frost and fog.

The Met Office added: "Early signs for mid-November indicate a return to frequent bands of rain and strong winds moving from west to east."

The dreary outlook comes after Britain was his by storms and flooding this week.

Dozens of flood warnings were issued across the country, mainly affecting the Midlands and the North East.

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Weekend washout as rain lashes south and it could last for two weeks

It looks set to be a washout weekend for many as the rain doesn't look like relenting over the next few days.

Downpours are coming on Saturday and Sunday in some areas – and it may be two weeks until it clears up properly.

There could be patches of sunshine on offer as well but the wet weather will dominate with heavy rain set to lash London.

Up to 2.8in of rain could fall and rural areas are on alert for flooding and treacherous road conditions.

But the good news is the cold is still a some way away – temperatures should remain at around 16c.


The south could see the worst of it on Saturday following yellow warnings being put in place cross parts of western Scotland as well as Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield on Friday.

From 4pm things are expected to be very wet in the capital while the sun will come out in central Scotland.

High winds could arrive on Tuesday but there will be more sunny spells and patchy cloud to follow.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Rain will continue to affect parts of southern England and the far south of Wales.


"Elsewhere clear intervals and scattered showers, most frequent and heaviest in the northwest. Chilly in the northeast.

"On Saturday, rain continues across southern areas, reaching parts of central England for a time; a cool-feeling day. Northern areas will be brighter with scattered showers, most frequent in the northwest.

"Sunday to Tuesday will be often cloudy with rain or showers across central and southern areas, but generally brighter with isolated showers in the north. Rain and stronger winds arrive from the west on Tuesday."

Saturday will be better in the north of the UK according to Meteorologist Alex Burkhill.


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NASA launches space weather satellite ICON after two years of delays

NASA successfully launches space weather satellite ICON after two years of delays

  • After a last minute delay, the satellite launched at 10:00PM on October 10th 
  • The satellite was launched from a Lockheed aircraft in-flight. 
  • NASA to study relationship between space weather and terrestrial weather 

After years of delays,  NASA finally launched its new research satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at approximately 10:00PM on October 10th. 

Named ICON, or Ionospheric Connection Explorer, the satellite will collect data to help scientists study the still mysterious relationship between space weather and terrestrial weather.

The goal is to place a new satellite in orbit 360 miles above the Earth’s surface, to collect data on space weather events that occur as charged particles from the sun enter the Earth’s atmosphere.

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The ICON satellite was carried on a Northrup Grumman Pegasus XL rocket (pictured above) that was launched under-wing by a Stargazer L-1011 aircraft.

“The ionosphere is a remarkable physics lab,” NASA’s Nicky Fox said during the launch. “It’s not only a great place to go and study plasma physics, but it’s also a region that has a big space weather impact on us.” 

Data about space weather can be valuable both for scientific research and because it can effect a number of satellites currently in orbit in the ionosphere.

Space weather events can disrupt GPS satellites, power grids, and communication systems, so learning more about them will help keep civilization up and running.

‘We are looking to be able to inform modelers and theorists about what needs to be measured to make better predictions for the ionosphere tomorrow,’ Thomas Immel, one of the project leads, told The Verge.

An image of the Pegasus XL rocket after it was launched from the Stargazer L-1011 plane. 

The satellite’s flight path from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The ionoshphere is the outermost layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, and is important because its where radio waves used for communication and navigation on Earth travel.

NASA’s ICON satellite (pictured above) will collect data about space weather from the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

The ICON satellite (pictured above) was originally planned for launch in 2017 but was delayed due to mechanical problems.

WHAT IS ‘SPACE WEATHER?’

Space weather described a number of different phenomena that occur as a result of charged particles sent out into space from the surface of the sun.

Some examples include the polar lights, coronal mass ejections, and geomagnetic storms.

A number of space weather events occur when charged particles from the sun enter the upper most region’s of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Radiation from the sun ionizes the particles in ionosphere creating a layer of electrons that can vary substantially during solar cycles—the 11 year-period it takes for the Sun’s north and south poles switch positions.

ICON had originally been planned for a 2017 launch but a series of mechanical failures led to a number of delays.

The launch will be carried out from another aircraft already inflight, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar craft named Stargazer.

Last year, the ESA’s Met Office issued a warning that one particularly devastating form of space weather, a solar storm, is inevitable and could devastate Earth’s power grids and communication networks.

In 1859, a large solar storm, called The Carrington Event, caused streams of fire to come out of telegraph equipment and turned the sky blood red.

WHAT ARE SOLAR STORMS AND ARE THEY DANGEROUS?

Solar storms, or solar activity, can be divided into four main components that can have impacts on Earth:  

  • Solar flares: A large explosion in the sun’s atmosphere. These flares are made of photons that travel out directly from the flare site. Solar flares impact Earth only when they occur on the side of the sun facing Earth.  
  • Coronal Mass Ejections (CME’s): Large clouds of plasma and magnetic field that erupt from the sun. These clouds can erupt in any direction, and then continue on in that direction, plowing through solar wind. These clouds only cause impacts to Earth when they’re aimed at Earth. 
  • High-speed solar wind streams: These come from coronal holes on the sun, which form anywhere on the sun and usually only when they are closer to the solar equator do the winds impact Earth. 
  • Solar energetic particles: High-energy charged particles thought to be released primarily by shocks formed at the front of coronal mass ejections and solar flares. When a CME cloud plows through solar wind, solar energetic particles can be produced and because they are charged, they follow the magnetic field lines between the Sun and Earth. Only charged particles that follow magnetic field lines that intersect Earth will have an impact. 

While these may seem dangerous, astronauts are not in immediate danger of these phenomena because of the relatively low orbit of manned missions.

However, they do have to be concerned about cumulative exposure during space walks.

This photo shows the sun’s coronal holes in an x-ray image. The outer solar atmosphere, the corona, is structured by strong magnetic fields, which when closed can cause the atmosphere to suddenly and violently release bubbles or tongues of gas and magnetic fields called coronal mass ejections

The damage caused by solar storms 

Solar flares can damage satellites and have an enormous financial cost.

The charged particles can also threaten airlines by disturbing Earth’s magnetic field.

Very large flares can even create currents within electricity grids and knock out energy supplies.

When Coronal Mass Ejections strike Earth they cause geomagnetic storms and enhanced aurora.

They can disrupt radio waves, GPS coordinates and overload electrical systems.

A large influx of energy could flow into high voltage power grids and permanently damage transformers.

This could shut off businesses and homes around the world. 

Source: NASA – Solar Storm and Space Weather 

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Met Office issues level 3 heatwave warning for scorching Bank Holiday weekend

The Met Office has issued a level three heatwave warning as Britain braces for a potentially record-breaking August Bank Holiday scorcher.

The amber warning is urging Britons to take "heatwave action" and is one level below red, or a "national emergency"

The level three heatwave warning is in place for the East of England, where temperatures could hit 33C on Monday.

The Met Office said: "There is a 90 per cent probability of heat health criteria being met between 9am on Saturday and 9am on Monday in parts of England.

"High pressure will build across England, bringing very warm or hot conditions to many parts of the country during Saturday and Sunday.

"Highest temperatures look to be across the eastern England, with western parts turning less hot Sunday.

"Into Monday, fresher air is now expected to gradually move eastwards across the country, although it will remain very warm for some eastern parts."

Much of the UK woke up to early-morning fog on Friday ahead of the Bank Holiday heatwave.

Temperatures are expected to hit 28C and at least 30C over the weekend.

At least five million drivers are expected to embark on journeys for a holiday or day-trip on Friday.

The roads are expected to be busiest after 11am.

From Friday afternoon, south-easterly winds will draw warm air from Europe towards the UK, bringing rising temperatures along with dry and settled weather.

Temperatures will rise to 26C in London and 24C in Cardiff and the rest of the UK will be largely dry with lots of sunshine, according to the Met Office.

In Scotland, however, there will be a series of showers with the north-west being the most affected area.

By Monday, temperatures may reach 33C in southern England – which would set a new record for the late Bank Holiday weekend.

The highest record temperature for the late August bank holiday weekend is 31.5C at Heathrow Airport in 2001.

The sunny spell could set a swathe of new records around the country, with the current hottest late summer bank holiday in Wales standing at 27.3C at Velindre, Powys, in 2013.

The Northern Ireland record is 27C recorded in Knockaraven, Co Fermanagh in 2003.

Monday is not a bank holiday in Scotland.

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The weather on Mars was once as dreadful as it is in the UK, study suggests

If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the greyer corners of the UK, you’ll be familiar with bleak rainy days.

Now a new study has raised the possibility that Martian life – if it ever existed – would have faced similarly rubbish weather.

Scientists have claimed that the climate on Mars between three and four billion years ago was ‘warm enough to provoke substantial rainstorms and flowing water’.

And as if this rainy period wasn’t depressing enough, it was followed by ‘a longer cold period where the water froze’.

The findings could have major implications for our understanding ow the development of life on Mars.

Professor Briony Horgan of Purdue University said: ‘We know there were periods when the surface of Mars was frozen; we know there were periods when water flowed freely.

‘But we don’t know exactly when these periods were, and how long they lasted.’

Professor Horgan’s research hinges around a study of mineral deposits on Mars, which show evidence of melting water.

There are also areas on Mars which resemble soils from warm climates here on Earth, suggesting that on Mars between three and four billion years ago there was a ‘general slow trend from warm to cold, with periods of thawing and freezing’.

If water really did exist in this period, it could indicate life evolved on the Red Planet.

‘If our findings are correct, then we need to keep working on the Mars climate models, possibly to include some chemical or geological, or other process which might have warmed the young planet,’ Horgan added.

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Spain: Weather change fuels hope to tackle island mega-fire

Authorities in Spain’s Canary Islands say that less wind and lower temperatures are giving a respite to firefighters trying to tackle Spain’s biggest wildfire so far this year.

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More than 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres) have been burned in the western slopes of Gran Canaria, an island off northwest Africa. Around 10,000 people remain evacuated and more than 1,000 firefighters and emergency workers have been deployed.

Canary Islands President Ángel Víctor Torres says in a tweet on Tuesday that the blaze is losing strength and the heart of the island’s main nature reserve of Tamadaba has been spared from burning.

Only the night before, authorities described the flames as “uncontrollable” and quickly advancing toward the south of the volcanic island.

Gran Canaria is a popular vacation destination for Europeans.

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UK weather forecast – Britain to be hit by rain, 50mph gales and thunder this weekend as monsoon rages on – The Sun

BRITAIN'S midsummer monsoon is set to continue this weekend, with rain, 50mph winds and thunder set to batter the country.

The Met Office warned it would be “wet and windy” for most on Friday as the miserable weather continues.

Coastal gales are expected to hit in the south and west and showers will sweep into Scotland and Northern Ireland later in the day.

Forecasters warned of heavy downpours that could turn thundery on Saturday and Sunday.

Large swathes of the nation have already been drenched by their average monthly August rainfall.

And more is set to lash the country this weekend amid 50mph winds and a sudden drop in temperatures.

Met Office forecaster Luke Myall said: "It's been extremely wet and it's going to remain that way until at least the middle of next week.

"By then we should start to see some high pressure returning but it'll mainly be confined to the south.

"For most August has been a complete washout."

But it’s not all bad news, as forecasters say a heatwave could return to the UK in just 10 days.

Large parts of Asia are being hit by a tropical typhoon which is sending a heat blast towards Europe.

If it hits the UK it is likely to bring an end to the heavy rain, flooding and thunderstorms which have caused chaos this month.

One forecaster has claimed blistering hot weather could return just weeks after the hottest ever temperature of 38.7C was recorded in Cambridge.

Liam Dutton, a Channel 4 News weatherman, said the Asian typhoon is likely to bring summer weather back before the end of August.

He posted a 92-second video online which shows how parts of Asia are currently being hit by a tropical storm.

TYPHOON

His clip reads: “How a typhoon over Asia may bring summer weather back to the UK.

“Tropical storm Krosa is spinning around over the NW Pacific Ocean.

“It was previously a typhoon but has now weakened to a strong tropical storm.

“During the next few days, it’ll move over Japan and onwards to the far east of Russia.

High pressure would bring settled weather for the end of August with some sunshine and a warmer feel than of late

“However, it’ll also bump into the jet stream high up in the atmosphere.

“This will send a ripple eastwards along the jet stream, like what happens when you flick a skipping rope.

“If you look closely, you can see this ripple in the jet stream travel across the ocean to the US.

“The ripple then travels onwards to above the Atlantic Ocean, pushing the jet stream north of the UK.

“If the jet stream moves north of the UK, it will bring high pressure instead of low pressure.

WARMER FEEL

“High pressure would bring settled weather for the end of August with some sunshine and a warmer feel than of late.”

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place for the Midlands until 10pm tonight.

A statement read: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms may cause flooding and transport disruption in a few places.

“There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes or hail.”

However, the Met Office added that parts of the South and South East are expected to enjoy temperatures of at least 25C as the weather settles down from Monday.

Marco Peteagna, a forecaster at the Met Office, told The Sun Online: “Things will start to improve next week.

“The jet stream from the Atlantic will push north on Monday which will bring warmer weather and sunshine.”





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Photos show what living in 17 countries with 'extremely high water stress' looks like on the ground

  • The World Resources Institute has identified 17 countries that face “extremely high” levels of water stress.
  • “Water stress” measures how much competition there is over water, meaning where demand is highest and supply is lowest.
  • The 17 countries are Qatar, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Jordan, Libya, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, United Arab Emirates, San Marino, Bahrain, India, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Oman, and Botswana.
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One quarter of the world’s population faces worrying levels of water stress.

The World Resources Institute, a non-profit,released a report this month identifying 17 countries face “extremely high” levels of water stress. Twelve of the countries are in Middle East and North Africa.

“Water stress” measures how much competition there is over water, meaning where demand is highest and supply is lowest.

Since the 1960s, water withdrawals have doubled globally, with the water primarily being used for agriculture, industry, and municipalities, the report said.

Here are photos and maps showing what it’s like living with extremely high levels of water stress.

The World Resource Institute released new data showing the levels of water stress across the globe. The map shows water stress (marked in red) is often near the equator.

Qatar, a desert state without a single river, is the most water-stressed country in the world. Due to a growing economy and population, water use rose from 437 million cubic meters to 741 million cubic meters between 2006 and 2013. Households use the most water, followed by agriculture and then industry.

Sources:Doha News,Nations Encyclopedia,Qatar Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics

Israel, the second worst, has been dealing with droughts since 2013. In 2018, Israel’s official water authority said its lakes, rivers, and aquifers were sitting at 100-year-lows. In recent years, five desalination plants were built on the Mediterranean coast, which provide 70% of the country’s drinking water.

Source:Times of Israel

In Lebanon, the high pressure on water use is due to poor water storage, water pollution, and misuse by people at home and in the agricultural sector.

Source:Inter Press Service

In Iran, massive holes caused by drought and water pumping emerged in the Hamadan province in 2018. Some of the sinkholes go nearly 200 feet deep. Rapid population growth, inefficient agriculture, and mismanagement of water use are driving Iran’s water struggles, Al Jazeera reported.

Source:Al Jazeera

In Jordan, water conservation is so important that it’s now a school subject, alongside math and science. In Amman, the capital, some neighborhoods only get running waterfor 12-24 hours a week.

Source:Circle of Blue

Water supplies in Libya, which sits in a desert and doesn’t get much rain, are limited. Access to water has also been weaponized. In May 2019, gunmen forced water workers to turn off supplies to Tripoli for two days, in an effort to force the release of a detained relative.

Source:Reuters

Here’s a close-up on the Middle East and North Africa, the worst region in the world for water stress, with 12 of the top 17 countries. The red indicates “extremely high” stress.

In Kuwait, about 99% of fresh water comes from desalination. The process of converting saltwater to fresh is increasing globally as freshwater sources decrease — there are nearly 20,000 plants now operating worldwide.

Sources:The Guardian,International Desalination Association

In Saudi Arabia, each person consumes an average of 70 gallons a day – double the global average. The country is trying to cut back water use. It also has 31 desalination plants, and prices water to incentivize conservation.

Source:The Guardian,World Resource Institute

Eritrea struggles with water. It’s an arid nation with an average annual rainfall of just 15 inches. Because of this, and struggling infrastructure, 42% of the population does not have daily access to drinking water.

Source:Borgen Magazine

The United Arab Emirates, which consumes about 1.5 billion gallons a day, is trying to make its desalinated water more environmentally friendly. Here, glasses of desalinated water are being prepared for dignitaries.

Source:Quartz

Surrounded by Italy, San Marino is only 24 square miles. It’s landlocked, without any bodies of water. It’s the only country in Europe that’s in the “extremely high” category of water stress.

Bahrain is an arid island country in the Persian Gulf. Due to overuse, its main aquifer was contaminated with salt water in 2009, according to a United Nations report.

Source:Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

India, which has had severe droughts in 2019, particularly in Chennai in the south, has nearly 1.4 billion people — three times the population of the other top 16 countries on this list combined. The country’s groundwater resources are stressed primarily due to population growth, low rainfall, and agriculture.

Sources:World Resource Institute,Business Insider,Country Meters

Here’s a map of the most stressed part of India. The country is taking steps to help with the issue, including establishing a specific ministry for water issues.

Source:World Resource Institute

Pakistan has the world’s fourth-highest rate of water use, and two of the key factors for water stress are population growth and urbanization.

Source:DW

Turkmenistan is 80% desert, and government mismanagement has put stress on water use. The country entered the Guinness Book of Records for having the most fountains in a public space in 2008. Seen here, the government is opening a 6,500-square-foot Golden Age Lake, designed to encourage greenery, but which environmentalists say will simply evaporate, leaving salt and pesticides.

Source:The Diplomat

This might look like Mars, but it’s Oman. The desolate desert resembles the Red Planet so much that scientists used it to field-test equipment in 2018. Oman is one country that is doing its best to harness its wastewater. It treats all of its wastewater and reuses nearly 80% of it, according to the WRI report.

Sources:National Geographic,World Research Institute

Botswana has been dealing with water issues and droughts for years, due to low rainfall, urban growth, and poor infrastructure. Along with South Africa and Namibia, Botswana has agreed to import water from Lesotho, using a 224-mile pipeline that will run across South Africa.

Source:Assar,African Farming

The World Health Organization predicts that by 2025, over half of the world’s population will be living in areas that are water-stressed. And climate change is projected to make water availability, rain, and drought more variable. If countries that are water stressed now don’t start to make changes, things could just keep getting worse.

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Britain pounded by 60mph gales causing flooded train tracks and mass power cuts

Thousands of Britons are without power, passengers were stranded on trains and massive waves are pounding coastlines as the UK is battered by life-threatening weather conditions.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for almost the entire country as some places are hit by 64mph winds or up to a month's worth of rain in just 48 hours.

More than 1,200 homes were without electricity in South Wales, roads were flooded or blocked by fallen trees, beachgoers were told to stay out of rough seas, and festivals and events were called off.

Passengers on five trains were trapped after the West Coast Main Line between Scotland and England was closed due to flooding.

There was widespread disruption as Network Rail imposed speed restrictions on many routes, particularly in coastal areas hit by strong winds.

Drivers were told to avoid travelling if possible in places where conditions were hazardous.

Police forces have warned drivers to take extra care because of surface water on the roads.

The Met Office warned of thunderstorms, flooding from heavy rain, flying debris in strong winds and further power cuts a day after a widespread blackout in England and Wales was caused by two faulty generators.

There was so much rain at Carlisle Airport that it was forced to close its flooded runway.

Planes at Leeds Bradford Airport were hit by fierce crosswinds as they came in to land.

In England, a flood warning was issued for the River Caldew at Cummersdale, Factory, and there were alerts for 16 other places.

Scotland's environment agency issued a flood warning for Arbroath and 14 alerts for other areas.

The West Coast Main Line between Scotland and England has been closed due to flooding on the tracks between Carlisle and Lockerbie, Network Rail Scotland reported.

It tweeted pictures of the flooding and reported that the water level was up to a foot above the rails, adding that five trains were trapped.

Forecasters warned that up to 80mm of rain could fall in just two days in parts of Scotland.

Train services were delayed or cancelled on Saturday after a tree fell on the line between Ashford International and Hastings, although the obstruction has since been cleared.

Elsewhere, services have resumed between Guildford and Reading after a fallen tree was removed from the line near North Camp.


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UK weather – Britain’s 10 hottest years have all been since 2002 as heatwaves become ’30 times more likely’ – The Sun

Britain's 10 hottest years on record have all occurred since 2002, the Met Office has revealed.

Analysts also confirmed that none of the 10 coldest years have occurred since 1963, showing how the country is getting warmer and warmer.

The Met Office's latest annual state of the climate report measure temperatures going back to the 19th century.

Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office's national climate information centre, said: "Looking back further into the UK's weather reveals a very interesting timeline, with the top ten warmest years at the most recent end, since 2002.

"Extending the record back by 26 years from 1910 to 1884 didn't bring in any new warm years, but it did bring in a number of new cold years, including several that are now within the top ten coldest years."

The records now show 1892 as the coldest year, with the average temperature of just over 7C.

The warmest year was 2014, with an average temperature approaching 10C.

Hottest 10 years in UK history

  1. 2014
  2. 2006
  3. 2011
  4. 2007
  5. 2017
  6. 2003
  7. 2018
  8. 2004
  9. 2002
  10. 2005

Coldest 10 years in UK history

  1. 1892
  2. 1888
  3. 1885
  4. 1963
  5. 1919
  6. 1886
  7. 1917
  8. 1909
  9. 1887
  10. 1962

The annual report shows that 2018 joined the top 10 warmest years at number seven, despite the severe "beast from the East" cold snap early in the year.

The cold weather saw the UK having the most significant snowfall since 2010 last year.

In a year of extremes, the UK also saw a heatwave last summer, which the experts said was made 30 times more likely by climate change, and the season was the equal-hottest summer on record along with 2006.

Dr Michael Byrne from the University of St Andrews, said it was "hugely significant, though not surprising" the UK's top 10 warmest years had occurred since 2002 and summer 2018 was the joint-hottest ever.

He said: "The world has warmed 1C since pre-industrial times, meaning that hot years are the new normal.

"Not only is the UK getting warmer but also wetter, with 13% more summer rain compared to last century.

"With global emissions of greenhouse gases on the rise, the UK will continue to get warmer and wetter as global warming accelerates.

"The science of climate change is now clear. The UK Government must ramp up preparations and ensure that our infrastructure and citizens are prepared for what is to come."

A Government spokeswoman: "The impact of climate change is clear and demands urgent action, which is why we are the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions and eliminate our contribution to global warming by 2050.

"We've seen first-hand the effect climate change is having on our environment, and we share people's passion to tackle this issue and protect our planet for future generations."



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UK weather forecast – Hottest day of the year next week as African plume brings 34C heatwave for start of school holidays

SCHOOL children are set to swelter in 35 degree heat as temperatures rise after the soggy start to the summer break.

Britain will enjoy sunnier weather than Barbados from Wednesday – which is pipped to be the hottest day of the year.

The scorching weather comes after the country was drenched with heavy downpours yesterday and today with thunderstorms and flooding.

Temperatures will steadily rise throughout the week, on Monday it is expected to be 29C, on Tuesday 33C and on Wednesday it could reach a whopping 35C according to The Weather Outlook.

However, before at present, the Met Office issued a “severe” Yellow warning for thunder in Scotland and Northern Ireland, saying the deluge could spark travel chaos.

Rain will continue to batter Scotland for the following three days, with severe warnings in place from Sunday to Tuesday.

But the outlook is not so dreary for the rest of the country, with forecasters predicting a mini heatwave next week that could see highs of 34C.

After an unsettled weekend of showers and thunderstorms, temperatures are set to rise from Monday.

If temperatures stay high in the same spots for three consecutive days, the Met Office deems it a heatwave.

But before the sunshine, the UK is facing a wet weekend.

Saturday will be a mix of sunshine and showers, with a band of rain pushing from west to east over the course of the day.



WET, WET, WET

Heavy showers and thunderstorms will pound Scotland and Northern Ireland, potentially sparking localised flooding.

The Met Office warned flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible and said there may be some damage from lightning strikes.

“There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus,” a spokesman said.

It will stay warm in the rest of the country, however, with temperatures sitting between 25C and 26C.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: "Sunday will be a little bit drier with a few showers here and there and temperatures again reaching 25C (77F) to 26C (78.8F).

"Across Northern Ireland and western Scotland it's going to be wet and windy later."

He continued: "Monday will be wet and windy across northwestern parts of the UK, elsewhere there will be one or two showers but temperatures will be rising – we're looking at highs of 29C (84.2).

"On Tuesday the rain and strong winds in the North West will have eased and it will turn drier, elsewhere there should be lots of sunshine with highs of 33C (91.4F) or higher."

MINI HEATWAVE

London and the South East have the greatest chance of getting to 33C (91.4F), he said.

Wednesday could reach 34C (93.2F) in the East and South East – equalling this year's record high which was set at Heathrow and Northolt on June 29.

The hottest July day on record is 36.7C (98F) – a record which looks unlikely to be beaten next week.

Mr Burkill said: "There's a risk of some thundery showers developing through the rest of the week, there's a bit of uncertainty.

"We could see some wet weather coming in from the west so things could turn a bit fresher, or the hot and sunny weather could continue.

"But it doesn't look like temperatures will get much hotter than 34C (93.2F)."

He added: "The hot weather could last through much of the next week and into next weekend or it could break down much earlier – there's a lot to play for."



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Solar minimum could lead to ICE AGE ‘No one can predict what will happen next’

A decade ago, scientists noticed an all-time high in cosmic rays – rays which originate from deep space, not to be confused with solar rays which come from the Sun. Now, scientists have noticed cosmic rays are back on the up as the Sun goes deeper into a solar minimum. The Sun follows 11 year cycles where it reaches a solar maximum and then a solar minimum. During a solar maximum, the Sun gives off more heat and is littered with sunspots. Less heat in a solar minimum is due to a decrease in magnetic waves.

The Sun entered the current solar minimum roughly a year or so ago when magnetic waves from our host star began to lessen.

With less magnetic waves coming from the Sun, cosmic rays find it easier to penetrate Earth’s atmosphere and are more noticeable to scientists.

While cosmic rays have little effect on our planet, one of the reasons scientists monitor them is to see when the Sun has entered a solar minimum.

Now, with cosmic rays almost reaching that all time high again, scientists know the Sun is about to enter a prolonged cooling period.

The last time a prolonged solar minimum was in effect was the Maunder minimum, which saw seven decades of freezing weather, began in 1645 and lasted through to 1715, and happened when sunspots were exceedingly rare.

During this period, temperatures dropped globally by 1.3 degrees celsius leading to shorter seasons and ultimately food shortages in what was called a “mini Ice Age”.

Cosmic forecasting site Space Weather said that the solar minimum gets deeper as the year progresses.

It reads: “As 2019 unfolds, Solar Minimum appears to still be deepening. Cosmic rays haven’t quite broken the Space Age record set in 2009-2010, but they’re getting close.”

Nathan Schwadron, a space physicist at the University of New Hampshire, said: “No one can predict what will happen next.

“However, the situation speaks for itself: We are experiencing a period of unusually weak solar cycles.”

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Pakistan says 22 missing in flash floods in Kashmir

Pakistan says at least 22 people are missing and feared dead after heavy rains triggered flash floods in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.

Ahmed Raza Qadri, the Pakistani minister for disaster management in the disputed territory, says the flooding late on Sunday also caused much destruction and damage in the village of Lesswa in Neelum Valley.

Qadri says they have not been able to find the 22 who were swept away by the waters, including two soldiers and 11 members of the Tableeghi Jamaat religious group.

Saeedur Rehman, a disaster management official, says efforts are being made to reach people stranded in their homes in the rea, cut off by the flooding.

The disputed region of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed by both countries in its entirety.

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UK weather forecast – Brits to sizzle in three-day mini heatwave as hot air plume blasts UK with 27C heat

BRITS are set to sizzle in a three-day mini heatwave as a hot air plume blasts the UK – sending temperatures soaring to 27C.

The plume of sweltering air from the Atlantic Azores Islands will see the mercury rise to more than 10C above average from tomorrow.


But forecasters have warned sun-lovers to make the most of the summer sun, with torrential downpours and thunder predicted to return mid-week.

Met Office meteorologist Nicola Maxey said: "We have high pressure building this weekend and although there will be the risk of the odd shower in central and northern parts of the country there will be plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures as air comes up from the Azores.

"We expect the good weather to hold out this weekend and through Monday."

Fine weather this weekend will be driven by a huge region of high pressure stretching from the Azores Islands, off the coast of Portugal, to northern Europe, with London and the southeast expected to reap the benefits of the warm winds.

But Ms Maxey warned there were signs of a change next week to something "more unsettled".

She added: "High pressure starts to break down and there will be the risk of showers and some of these could be thundery in places.

"As we go through the rest of the month there are indications that low pressure will be in control of the weather."

A nationwide split will see southern Britain hold on to the warmest weather next week as it turns cooler and more unsettled further north.

Claire Kennedy-Edwards, senior meteorologist for The Weather Company, said: "It is a much more settled outlook across the UK with plenty of sunshine and dry conditions.

"West will be best over the weekend, a northerly flow will mean the warmest temperatures will be over eastern Scotland and south-west England.

"Next week the north-west, south-east split returns bringing plenty of dry warm weather over the south and south-east of the UK.

“There will be some showers to the north-west and temperatures will be around average to slightly above.”

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And if you're not sure what the weather will be like for the next month, look no further than to July 15.

Legend has it that the conditions on St Swithin’s Day will set the tone for the weeks leading up to September.

The myth comes from the rhyme that says: "St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain

Full forty days, it will remain

St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair

For forty days, t’will rain no more"





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Top hot weather activities for you and your family

BRITAIN is about to experience it's first summer heatwave.

And while scorching sun might be a bliss for some, others wonder what activities are the best for making the most of this hot weather – or surviving it.

So we've come up with a list of suggestions that you and your family can do when the thermometer goes up beyond what's usual.

And they don't have to break the bank.

The best activities are the ones that all family can get involved in, and it's important to have some options for both inside and outside ventures.

Don't forget to keep yourself protected: SPF, hats and plenty of water are must-haves in your bag.

Best family activities when it's hot outside:

1. Beach trips

This sunny summer weather calls for a family beach trip.

Get everyone ready for a day full of fun, beach games, sand castle building and loads of sunbathing.

Gorgeous brown tan, iced-cold drinks and not a single cloud in the sky defines a perfect Saturday.

Take a look at our guide for what to take to the beach.

2. Tree top adventures

If you're not too keen on spending your day laying on the beach and soaking up the rays, a forest adventure might just be right for you.

Go Ape is a popular and fun activity for all members of a family: choose the nearest spot for you from 30 locations nationwide.

Tree climbing is the perfect way to improve your fitness level and step up (literally) from your everyday routine.

  • Go Ape Adventures, from £18 from Virgin Experience Days – buy here

3. Theme Parks

Who doesn't love the speed and thrill of a good ride?

With a number of amazing adventure parks throughout the UK, there's something for every family.

From Legoland to Alton Towers and Drayton Manor to Thorpe Park, the most exciting rides await true adventure seekers.

Check out some of the top ones below, which generally have discounts when you book online:

  • LEGOLAND Windsor Resort – book tickets 
  • Alton Towers – book tickets
  • Drayton Manor Theme Park – book tickets
  • Thorpe Park Resort – book tickets
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach – book tickets

4. Go to the movies or enjoy one at home

If you find that it's too hot to spend anytime outdoors during the day, it might be a good idea to head to the cinema.

There, you'll be treated to a wide selections of snacks, ice-cold drinks and air conditioning.

If you want to save some cash, set up our own cinema at home: choose a movie that all the family members will enjoy (there's no such thing as seeing Lion King too many times), get the popcorn ready and be prepared to be entertained for hours.

5. Make your own ice-cream

Making your own ice cream is easier than you think.

Check out some new recipes that will unleash your creativity and offer a delicious result.

It's the perfect treat for everyone to enjoy.

If you are a lover of lidos, we've rounded up the best ones in the UK to stay cool during the heatwave.

Looking for a holiday that won't break the bank? Here are some cheap British Airway options for you. 

If you're going to a Caribbean cruise, check out our latest review here.

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Asda launches huge white wine discount for your summer barbecues

Personally, we’re of the opinion that wine is a good option in any weather.

But we have to admit there’s something particularly enjoyable about a glass of white wine or Prosecco in the summer.

And clearly, Asda agree, as the supermarket has launched a great promotion on white and sparkling wines this week.

Just in time for the summer to finally arrive.

The supermarket is helping you save 25% when you purchase six or more bottles included in the promotion. 

The promotion, which includes the new IWC medal-winning Organic Prosecco, provides you with a value option across a broad range of award-winning tipples perfect for sharing amongst friends and family without having to spend entire summer savings. 

For those looking for an award-winning, light white, Asda’s Wine Atlas Feteasca Regala, winner of a gold medal at the 2019 Decanter Awards is a hero choice for the summer, with the nation able to buy six bottles for just £23.63, shaving-off almost £8 with the summer promotion.

For special occasions, Brits can also grab Asda’s award-winning Extra Special English Sparkling Brut, with the fruity Champagne alternative available for just £94.50 when bought as half a dozen – a saving of over £30

And if you’re more of a gin drinker, fear not.

The supermarket giant has also got you covered with its three new flavours of gin:E xtra Special Lemon Sherbet Gin, Extra Special Pear Drop Gin and Extra Special Parma Violet Gin.

All three are made up of vivid colours – yellow, pink or purple – and are finished with a sheen of glitter.

And at just £18 a bottle you can try all three.

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Toddler injured as ‘freak tornado’ flings her off dad’s shoulders into trailer

A toddler blown off her father's shoulders into the back of a metal trailer by a freak gust of wind is lucky not to have been seriously injured, her mother says.

Esmae-Sherren Bonser was one of four hurt when a "tornado" ripped through a park in Yorkshire at 4.30pm on Sunday where families had gathered to enjoy a community picnic.

But disaster struck when the weather took a turn for the worst and saw people screaming as they ran for safety.

An unsecured inflatable slide and bouncy castle were also sent flying into the air before crashing into trees and leaving a scene of devastation.

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Three-year-old Esmae was at the event with her mum, Jess Hollowell, and a number of other family members, reports Hull Live.

She was perched on her dad's shoulders when the sudden gust knocked her off and flung her headfirst into the back of a trailer.

She couldn't walk afterwards, had a pain in her neck and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance.

Mum Jess said: "She was on her dad's shoulders. We were trying to get to shelter when a trailer blew and knocked them over.

"Esmae was flung from her dad's shoulders head first into the towing metal bit at the back of the trailer. She was dangling then it flew off.


"If my partner hadn't of been on the floor with it, stopping it rolling, it would have rolled into her.

"Luckily it stopped for my father-in-law to grab her and drag her into the bushes. She was rushed to hospital cause she couldn't walk and has neck pain."

Jess added: "Luckily she's [only] battered and bruised. The weather came from nowhere. Three minutes of rain then really bad winds, people running everywhere, everything flying above our heads.

"Luckily my baby wasn't in his buggy as it got blown into a field. Someone pulled it out about 20 minutes later and it was broken to bits. It was a very scary experience."

Despite her injuries, Esmae has been told she will make a full recovery after the traumatic ordeal.

The popular annual event was attended by hundreds.

Residents described feeling "stunned" at what they witnessed, while others said they had "never experienced anything like that".

Four ambulances were called to the scene and Humberside Fire and Rescue teams were also in attendance as they were taking part in the Picnic in the Park event.

A spokesman for Humberside Police said: “Officers were called to the playing fields off Treeton Road, Howden, at 4.30pm Sunday, June 16 following reports three people had been injured after a bouncy castle blew over.

“Two men, a woman and a child have been taken to hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be serious.”

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Yorkshire Ambulance Service also commented. She said: “We received a call at 4.06pm yesterday to reports of people being hit by an object.

“We sent four ambulances and two people were taken to Hull Royal Infirmary. One person was taken to Scunthorpe General Hospital and another was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.”

The event organisers, the Ashes Playing Field Trust, were quick to thank the public for their quick-thinking and praised the town's "community spirit".

A spokesman for the trust said: "We would like to thank the emergency services and everyone who helped after the unexpected freak weather hit the Picnic In The Park event on Sunday.

"With emergency services on site throughout the event they were able to react quickly after the sudden tornado-like weather which damaged attractions and trees, blowing over a bouncy castle and an inflatable slide which thankfully had been quickly evacuated as soon as the heavy rain started so no one was on either.

"The members of the public who were present were also incredibly helpful and patient in helping us identify anyone who needed medical help and direct assistance their way. Their willingness to help shows the community spirit of this town at its best."

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Fans abandon Download Festival before it’s started due to rain and mud as Isle of Wight festival hit by TORNADO

HEAVY rain and mud has seen punters abandon Download Festival before it’s even STARTED.

Fans have trudged out of the rock weekender in Leicestershire while music-lovers were forced to endure what appeared to be a tornado at the Isle of Wight festival.


This summer is expected to the wettest in record with heavy showers expected to continue throughout the weekend.

Forecaster Mark Wilson told The Sun Online: "Temperatures will be higher than we've seen and could even reach 19C in the South East – but the wet weather will continue until Tuesday."

DOWNLOAD WASHOUT

Punters paid hundreds for tickets to see headliners Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool take to the stage at Donnington Park.
But fans have headed home before the action kicks off due to the horrific weather.

On social media music lovers have even called the festival "Drownload" as crowds battle the deluge.

One gutted fan, who had spent £600 on the weekend, said: “We couldn't have afforded a hotel, we couldn't afford to drive home and then back up today.

"We wanted to save ourselves, our clothes, our belongings before they got drenched and ruined.”

My hips were dislocating from slipping on the mud as we walked in even with wellies. I can't handle it

Samantha Gibben said she left the festival because of the thick mud caused by the deluge.

She told MailOnline: “We had a perfectly watertight tent. Nothing was leaking. But left because of the mud. It's that bad less than a day in.

“I'll never survive. My hips were dislocating from slipping on the mud as we walked in even with wellies. I can't handle it.”

But not all fans were put off by the mud and rain at Download – where umbrellas are banned for security reasons.

Others were seen wrestling in the sludge as they waited to the bands to take to the stage.

In a clip posted to Facebook two men, wearing only shorts grappled in disgusting lake of mud as festival-goers cheered them on.

Meanwhile in Hampshire, pop fans witnessed what appeared to be the start of a tornado as they attended the Isle of Wight Festival.

However, they did not appear to be phased as they pulled on their wellies and waterproofs and geared up for a weekend of music including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro.

Heavy rain led to flooding in many parts of the country this week – bursting river banks and leaving hundreds of cars underwater.

In total, 24 flood warnings are in place across England in areas where flooding is expected, and a further 69 flood alerts, warning people to be prepared.














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How your area will be affected as Storm Miguel causes flooding across the UK

Storm Miguel is set to cause chaos as it hits the UK today with heavy showers likely to cause flooding across the south of the country.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning with flooding expected to affect homes and businesses and traffic likely to be brought to a standstill in some areas.

The worst of the weather is expected between 2pm and 11pm, with forecasters warning that it could cause chaos on the roads.

It is likely that bus and train passengers will face disruption, while drivers will probably encounter delays on the roads due to wet conditions and potential flooding.

There could also be some problems with power supplies and other services, according to the Met Office.

The weather warning covers a large area of southern England and south-east Wales, stretching from Cardiff to London.

Showers are expected to continue across the country this morning and will become heavier as the day progresses.

The rain will move northwards in the afternoon, reaching Northern Ireland and Scotland, although there should also be some sunny spells.


This is how Storm Miguel will affect your region:

North East England

After a fine, chilly start, cloud is expected to gradually thicken from the south, turning breezy  with afternoon showers.

Most places will remain dry, with highs of 19C.

A band of rain will gradually spread north overnight, with heavier bursts likely across the Pennines and temperatures could drop to 8C.

There will be further showery outbreaks throughout Saturday.

North West England

Rain is expected to gradually move north today, with heavy showers across the north west during the afternoon. It will turn more showery later, and will be especially windy around coastal areas. Temperatures could drop to 11C.

Cloud and heavy rain will continue across the region on Saturday, with strong winds expected at first, easing later.

Temperatures could reach 15C.

Yorkshire and Humber

Any sunshine from early this morning is set to turn hazy as cloud thickens from the south.

Isolated showers are possible in some parts, but most places will remain dry and breezy.

More persistent rain will then spread north into the evening, with temperatures to reach 20C.

The region will turn drier, with lighter winds throughout the early hours of Saturday, with a few heavy showers expected.

Tomorrow will see heavy and thundery showers, merging into more persistent rain throughout the afternoon.

East Midlands

After a chilly and dry start, cloud is set to start thickening from the south with the odd shower possible.

It will be turning breezy with a band of persistent rain moving north into the afternoon. Sunny spells and heavy showers will follow but temperatures could reach a warm 20C.

Into tonight, heavy showers are expected with the odd rumble of thunder, but these will ease into the early hours of tomorrow morning.

More heavy and thundery showers are expected to hit tomorrow, with strong winds and further outbreaks of rain to spread east around midday.

West Midlands

Rain will gradually clear to the north today with brighter skies and slow-moving, heavy showers following into this afternoon.

The heavy showers are expected to affect most parts of the region this evening, but will gradually ease overnight. Rain will begin to spread in from the west in the morning.

Cloud and rain is expected to continue across all parts tomorrow morning, with winds getting stronger. These will ease into the afternoon with brighter skies developing.

London and South East England

After a wet start for many parts rain is expected to spread north and east throughout the morning. Some sunny spells are forecast this afternoon but slow-moving, heavy and potentially thundery showers are developing later, with a risk of hail.

Thundery showers will continue into the evening, before further rain is expected to spread east during the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Strong winds are expected to develop, especially across the English Channel, with coastal gales possible.

Temperatures could drop to 10C.

Saturday will see a windy start, with outbreaks of rain clearing north east through the morning. The region is expected to turn dry through the afternoon, with winds easing and sunny spells.

Wales

Cloud and heavy rain will move north across all parts throughout the morning. It is expected to brighten up from the south into the afternoon, with some slow-moving, heavy and possibly thundery showers developing.

Some parts will see coastal gales.

The heavy showers will ease into the evening and it will be drier in most areas for a period. It is expected to turn windy and wet again overnight, with temperatures falling to 9C.

Rain and cloud will continue to affect all parts during tomorrow morning, staying windy with more coastal gales expected. Winds are set to ease into the afternoon, with drier and brighter spells.

Northern Ireland

It is expected to become cloudy this afternoon with the odd shower developing mainly in the west and these will be light and isolated according to forecasters.

Light rain is expected to edge into the Antrim coast by evening, with maximum temperatures reaching 17C.

Overnight, rain will spread to the east coast but won't penetrate too far inland. Rain is expected to turn heavy at times around Belfast but it is expected to stay mainly dry and cloudy further inland.

Saturday is likely to see a wet start in the east but rain is expected to clear later in the morning. The north might escape some showers turning heavy in the south.

Scottish Highlands

Today is expected to be dry and bright with sunny spells but clouds bubbling up this afternoon could bring showers. Light winds and warm sunshine are expected into the afternoon.

Showers are expected to dry out overnight, leaving some clear spells but leaving behind mist and fog patches in the south.

More showers are set to develop into Saturday morning, but the far north might escape these. It will feel cooler in the northerly breeze.

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How Mount Everest has become ‘death race’ as climbers dodge bodies to reach top

It's a feat that commands mental tenacity, stealth, grit and determination.

But climbing Mount Everest is now being described as a 'death race' by those who have see the horrors of frozen dead bodies and people collapsing.

So far 11 have died this year – including a 44-year-old Brit from Birmingham – making 2019 one of the deadliest climbing seasons in history on the world's highest mountain, situated in Asia's Himalayas.

Climbers have told of how they have clambered over each other while abandoning bags and equipment on the narrow path in a desperate bid to reach the summit.

While others have been pushed and shoved by those wanting to take selfies.

Avalanches, extreme weather , lack of oxygen, falls, frostbite are what many deaths have been attributed to in the past.

However this year, fatalities have been blamed on too many people and inexperienced climbers.

The mountain has become bottlenecked with crowds lined up trying to reach the summit.

The intense 'traffic' was captured in a photograph taken on May 22 when many teams had to line up for hours, risking frostbites and altitude sickness.

Ed Dohring, a doctor from Arizona, had dreamed all his life of reaching the top, but when he did he was shocked by what he saw.

He even had to step around the body of a woman who had just died.

“It was scary,” he told the New York Times. “It was like a zoo.”

Rizza Alee, an 18-year-old climber from Kashmir, added to the publication: “I saw some people like they had no emotions.

“I asked people for water and no one gave me any. People are really obsessed with the summit. They are ready to kill themselves for the summit.”

In the wake of the spike of deaths, iconic mountaineer Um Hong-gil, who was honoured by the Nepal government for his Everest exploits, believes the number of climbers should be limited.

He said: “There should definitely be less permits issued and more experienced climbers on Everest."

Meanwhile, climbers and guides are blaming a host of other factors.

Crowds

This year, the Nepalese government issued a record 381 permits to climb Everest, costing $11,000 (£8,675) each.

Climbers spoke of traffic jams below the summit, in the "death zone" above 8,000 metres where many deaths occur due to the lack of oxygen.

Some operators have urged the government to cut the number of permits, and raise the price to around $20,000 to combat increased crowds.

Adrian Ballinger of the U.S.-based company Alpenglow Expeditions said: "Confident climbers with experienced guides and sherpas would have known about the jam and waited for their chance to go up safely."

The above image taken a few weeks ago, shows climbers trapped with no turning back from the ridge.

Crowds is what adventurer and TV star Ben Fogle feared the most when he embarked on the climb last year.

He told the Daily Mail: "Of all its dangers – altitude, avalanches, crevasses, hypothermia – I feared crowds most. I knew the mountain attracted a large number of climbers from around the world but I had no idea of the nightmarish scale.

"Those making their descent had to wait hours to get past the slow-moving mass of climbers still ascending. No one could move faster than the slowest person. The extra hours could spell the difference between life and death.

"Your oxygen might run out. Altitude sickness might kill you. Frostbite could cost you your fingers, nose or ears."

There are 41 teams with a total of 378 climbers permitted to scale the mountain during the spring climbing season in Nepal that begins around March and ends this month.

An equal number of Nepalese guides are helping them get to the summit.

Inexperience

The number of inexperienced climbers has risen. There is no requirement from the Nepalese government to take an aptitude test or to climb smaller peaks before acquiring an Everest permit.

This has led to accidental deaths that are usually avoided by experienced climbers, guides said.

"They got into a situation that was beyond their ability," said Garrett Madison, from US-based Madison Mountaineering, on the experience level of some of those that died.

The Nepalese government has for the first time said it may reduce the number of permits given to climbers next year.

A government spokesperson told the Telegraph: "There are no such plans for now but there is possibility of doing so."  

Lack of fitness

Some trekking companies perform health checks on prospective clients before beginning expeditions, but there is no mandatory requirement to do so.

Ang Tshering Sherpa, founder of Asian Trekking said: "Some agencies are more driven by their business and don't give emphasis on climbers' fitness and don't ensure that only experienced climbers and sherpas are sent to the mountain."

Lack of support

The rise of "low-cost" domestic firms, that in some cases offer expeditions at less than $35,000, half the price of more established rivals, creates incentives for cost-cutting, climbers said.

"They offer inadequate food and stay options which can be harmful," said Malay Mukherjee, an Indian climber, of some budget firms.

"And the most dangerous, in a bid to save costs, they pass off cooks as experienced sherpas."

There is no suggestion any of the companies mentioned in this article cut corners with its safety.

Weather

Heavy winds made climbing impossible on many days in May, traditionally the best month to climb Everest.

That led to a small window of only a few days where climbers could safely ascend, adding to the overcrowding.

"This time there was no strict monitoring or coordination among expeditions in preparing schedules for the summit," one sherpa said.

"This led everybody to rush as soon as there was good weather, crowding the route on the same day."

Deaths

Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, died on his descent after reaching the summit of Everest.

Mr Fisher, who was born in Burton-upon-Trent and lived in Birmingham, is one of at least 11 climbers to die on its treacherous slopes in the past two weeks. 

In an Instagram post days before his death, he revealed that he had changed his plans in an effort to avoid "fatal" crowds.

He was described as an "aspirational adventurer" who "lived life to the full" in a statement from his family. 

They said: "He achieved so much in his short life, climbing Mont Blanc, Aconcagua and Everest. 


"He was a 'tough guy', triathlete, and marathoner. A champion for vegetarianism, published author, and a cultured theatre-goer, lover of Shakespeare.

"We are deeply saddened by his loss as he still had so many more adventures and dreams to fulfil.

"Every one who ever met him in any capacity will always remember the positive impact he had on their lives.

"Robin is a much loved and loving son, brother, partner, uncle, and friend."

In a video shot on the expedition by Mr Fisher's partner, Kristyn Carriere, he is heard saying it "should be a trip to remember" as he looks up at the ascent from base camp.


Murari Sharma, managing director of Everest Parivar Expedition Pvt Ltd, said Mr Fisher and a sherpa reached the summit at around 8.30am on Saturday and had descended 150 metres when he fell unconscious.

A group of sherpas changed his oxygen bottle and tried to give him some water but he could not be revived, he said.

Mr Sharma added: "He was a great man and a good friend and all of us are very sad.

"Our deepest condolences to Mr Fisher's family, friends, and colleagues for their loss."

Irish climber Kevin Hynes, 56, died in his tent at 7,000 metres in the early hours of Friday after turning back before reaching the summit. 

The father-of-two was part of a group from UK-based climbing company 360 Expeditions which was attempting to scale the world's highest mountain. 

In a statement, 360 Expeditions said: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have to confirm that one of our Everest team has passed away.

"Kevin (56 yrs) was one of the strongest and most experienced climbers on our team, and had previously summited Everest South and Lhotse."

The company said Mr Hynes reached Camp 3 at 8,300 metres on Wednesday. 

But on Thursday, while other climbers in the team headed higher, Mr Hynes began his descent accompanied by experienced Sherpa Dawa Sangee, who had himself made the summit of Everest South twice, Everest North and Makalu twice.

"Kevin passed away in his tent at the North Col at 7,000m in the early hours (Nepali time) of the 24th May," the company confirmed.

"His wonderful wife, Bernadette and two children, Erin and James are comforted by all the communication that Kevin sent out from his expedition, letting them know that, 'this was proving the most fun he had had on any one of his expeditions and the team was amazing and that he was loving being with (mountaineer) Rolfe Oostra'."

The company added: "Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with all Kevin's family and his friends. He really was a wonderful man and it was a great privilege to have him on our team."

His death comes a week after Trinity College professor Seamus (Shay) Lawless , aged 39 and from Bray, Co Wicklow, fell during his descent from the peak having achieved a lifetime ambition of reaching the summit.

The search for Mr Lawless has been called off. 

At a service to remember him, the Irish Sun reports, a priest revealed Mr Lawless had sent a final text to pregnant wife Pamela.

Parish priest Fr Michael O'Kelly told the service in County Wicklow that "he'd done it, reached the summit and was coming home".

It was his ambition to climb Everest before he turned 40 this July.

His wife Pam, along with their four-year-old daughter Emma attended the memorial service, the Irish Mirror reports .

Close childhood friend Rob Ward said: “It was his dream to reach Everest. We (childhood friends) thought he was having a mid-life crisis when he said he wanted to climb Everest but since he was a teenager he spoke about mountains.

“None of us could really figure out what he did. We always likened him to various characters in shows such as Friends and the Big Bang Theory because he had brains to burn.

“During the past week, I had the chance to go through a book of previous memories his wife Pam has. It has stories of their hikes, playing and stories they did together as a family with Emma. Shay adored them and he told Emma, ‘Don’t go growing up on me. Keep staying the way you are until I come back.’

“It is fitting now that Shay’s final resting place is on top of the world. Rest in peace my friend.”

A Trinity statement said: "It is with deep sadness that we have learnt this evening that the search for our friend and colleague, Seamus (Shay) Lawless, has been unsuccessful.

"While the experienced search team has made every effort to locate Shay, the extremes of operating at high altitude and the sheer range of the search area ultimately proved too difficult and based on expert advice the Lawless family have decided to call off the search rather than risk endangering anyone's life in the treacherous conditions."

Meanwhile, American climber Christopher Kulish died on Monday after returning to the first camp below Mount Everest's summit.

His family believes the cause of the 62-year-old Colorado attorney's death was cardiac arrest, according to the Denver Post.

"He saw his last sunrise from the highest peak on Earth," his brother, Mark Kulish, said in a statement to The Denver Post. "We are heartbroken at this news."

Donald Cash, 55, a businessman from Utah, died last Wednesday of a suspected cardiac event while he was reaching the final part of his climb to the top of the mountain

He fainted due to high altitude sickness after reaching Everest's summit, according to Pioneer Adventure Pvt.

An Austrian climber and two Indian climbers are also reported to have died.

Earlier this month Dipankar Ghosh, a 52-year-old Indian photographer, scaled the world's fifth-highest peak, the snow-capped Mount Makalu.

But he didn't make it back down alive.

After being separated from the rest of his team in bad weather, he collapsed and died along with Narayan Singh, an officer in the Indian army, according to his tour operator.

"Dipankar personified mountains," said his brother, Goutam, sitting by the coffin after it returned to the family's home in Kolkata, the state capital of India's West Bengal, on Wednesday.

"There was nothing else that he loved more."

The Nepalese government is facing increasing criticism over how it issues permits and regulates trekking companies.

Nepal's tourism department issued Everest permits to a record 78 Indian climbers in 2019, up from 59 in 2018.

Indians now make up the largest group of permit holders, overtaking U.S. citizens this year.

Four Indians have already died in separate incidents on Everest this year, the most since five Indian army soldiers were killed on an expedition in 1985.

For decades, expeditions to Everest and Nepal's other "Eight Thousanders" – a small group of difficult peaks above 8,000 metres beloved of mountaineers – were dominated by foreign-run companies.

Then avalanches in 2012 and 2014 killed several local mountain guides, known as sherpas, fuelling anger at what were seen as the excessive profits being made by Western companies, according to Alan Arnette, a veteran mountaineer who has long chronicled deaths on Everest.

Local firms moved in aggressively, offering packages that undercut foreign rivals.

A Nepalese company charges around $35,000 for a trek to the summit of Everest, compared with $70,000 or more for a foreign company, according to several tour operators.

Five years ago, around 80% of treks were run by foreign companies. Now the ratio is reversed, according to Arnette and Phil Crompton, from the U.S.-based Altitude Junkies trekking company.

To be sure, the pitfalls of choosing some cheaper operators – from a lack of oxygen cylinders to cooks being passed off as experienced guides – can befall mountaineers from any country.

But budget firms are especially attractive to Indians, who tend to be more cost-conscious and reliant on donations or sponsorship to fund their trip, several trekking companies said.

"Some Indian climbers look for low-budget companies and get poor services," said Ang Tshering Sherpa, the founder of Asian Trekking, one of Nepal's largest mountaineering companies that has led 54 climbers to the summit of Everest this year without fatalities.

Rizza Alee, 18, said he was forced to abandon an attempt to climb Everest last week, after his sherpa, who was working for a Nepalese company, failed to carry enough oxygen for the summit.

Inexperienced guides were unable to cope with a "massive traffic jam" of climbers near the peak, he added, a result of the Nepalese government issuing a record 381 permits to climb Everest this year.

"Next time if I come, I will choose the company wisely, I will choose the sherpa wisely, I will choose everything wisely," he said.

Mr Ghosh, an experienced climber, was on an expedition led by Nepalese company Seven Summit Treks, one of the country's largest.

Seven of its clients have died on three Himalayan peaks so far this year, the company said.

Thaneswor Guragai, a manager at Seven Summit Treks, said the deaths were not the result of any management failings at the company.

"It was bad weather and anyone could have died," he said.

"It is not because we had no experienced sherpas or we did not provide enough support."

The increasing popularity of Everest, buoyed by social media and the promise of instant fame, is alarming experienced mountaineers in India, who say it encouraging some who lack the necessary skills or training to attempt the feat.

"If an inexperienced climber reaches the Everest summit, he is invited to various social functions as an honorary guest," said Malay Mukherjee, a veteran Indian climber from Kolkata.

"That does not mean he is a good or responsible climber, but it sends the wrong message to others."

Maya Sherpa, 41, chairwoman of Everest Summiteers' Association, who has climbed the peak three times, said she was returning from the summit of Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain on May 15, when she passed an Indian struggling with the climb.

"He was sick but he still insisted on going up," she said.

Allee, the 18-year-old from Kashmir, said after being told about the lack of oxygen on Everest he came back down the mountain in tears, but is now able to put the setback in perspective.

"Since childhood I have been dreaming about it," he said.

"(But) the mountain is always there. There is no point in killing yourself."

The Nepalese government told the Telegraph that it didn’t want to speculate on the cause of the recent spike in deaths.

However, it said there was a possibility that they would reduce the number of permits given to climbers next year.

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Tuesday's UK weather forecast: Sunshine and showers which could turn heavy across central England

IT'LL be another day of sunshine and showers, which could turn heavy across central and eastern parts of England.

However, there'll be more sunny spells elsewhere.

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UK Weather – Met Office issues downpours warning as two weeks' rain set to fall in one hour bringing floods and travel chaos

BRITS could see almost two weeks worth of rain in one hour this evening, as the Met Office issues a warning for heavy showers and floods.

Parts of south western England and a pocket of southern Wales will see 15-20mm of rain in less than 60 minutes – the May average for the entire month is around 50mm.

A yellow weather warning for rain is in place until 8pm today, with forecasters predicting "travel disruption".

The Met Office said: "Heavy showers continue to develop, particularly near southern coasts and also more widely across Dorset and eastern parts of Somerset.

"A few places will see 15-20 mm of rain fall in less than an hour leading to surface water flooding on some roads."

Areas set to see a soggy evening include Devon, Dorset, Somerset,  Wiltshire, Cardiff, Caerphilly and Newport.

Tomorrow is set to be have sunny and cloudy spells, with thundery showers expected for many areas – setting the tone for much of the country for the next few days.

It comes as Britain is said to be on track for a scorcher of a summer with the mercury hitting sizzling highs of 30C (86F) in June.

And forecasters say the UK is likely to enjoy "above average temperatures" over the next three months.

But the bright outlook will follow a soggy bank holiday weekend, with showers expected to batter the country on Thursday.

The Met Office said hotter-than-usual UK average temperatures are verging on 50 per cent probability over three months to the start of August.

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Highs of 30C next month amid tropical air were forecast by ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending and The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze.

Forecasts will be a boost for events including Glastonbury and Wimbledon.

The Met Office three-month forecast said: “For May-July, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average.

“The probability the UK average temperature will fall into the warmest of our five categories is 45-50 per cent. The coldest of our five categories is five per cent.

“Long-range prediction systems show a consistent increase in the likelihood of high pressure, associated with warmer-than-average conditions.”

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said:“Blocking areas of high pressure suggest echoes of last year's record summer, with 30C highs likely in June.”

Weathertrending forecaster John Hammond added:“30C heat is quite possible from brief influxes of tropical air into June.”
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said showers are likely over the bank holiday weekend.

He said: “The Bank Holiday weekend won't be a washout although most places will be at risk of showers at times, with the South having the greatest chance of being drier by Monday.

“But there will be sunny spells around 19C or 20C, which will feel warm.

“Temperatures will warm up into June, with settled spells mixed in with unsettled spells. We had the mid-20s last week and it's likely settled conditions will feel warm at times in June.”


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Powerful cyclone leaves 34 dead in India, 15 in Bangladesh

A rare summer cyclone that tore through parts of South Asia killed at least 34 people in India and 15 in neighboring Bangladesh and smashed thousands of thatched-roof huts, officials said Monday.

The evacuation of more than 1 million people from about 15,000 villages and 46 towns in India’s worst-hit Odisha state prevented a much worse death toll from one of the biggest storms in decades. The preparations demonstrated greatly improved disaster readiness since 1999, when a “super” cyclone killed about 10,000 people and devastated large parts of the state.

Authorities in Odisha were still assessing the full impact of Cyclone Fani, which lashed coastal areas with rain and winds gusting up to 205 kilometers (127 miles) per hour when it made a landfall on Friday, relief official S.K. Das said.

After weakening, the cyclone moved into neighboring Bangladesh through India’s West Bengal state.

Telephone links were still down Monday in the worst-hit Puri district in Odisha. Hundreds of thousands of people in Puri and Khurda districts were also without electricity, with the state government hoping to restore it later Monday, the Times of India newspaper said.

Indian Railways said it would take four more days to restore normal train services in the region. Authorities canceled 287 trains passing through the worst-hit region because of damage caused by the cyclone.

“Cyclone Fani is one of the rarest of rare summer cyclones to hit Odisha in 43 years. It is also one of three to hit in the last 150 years,” said the state’s top elected official, Navin Patnaik. Tropical cyclones usually occur in the Bay of Bengal from September to November.

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All Weather Championship: When is Finals day, which horses will be running, what is the prize money and will it be on TV?

The Championships will celebrate its own stars by hosting the sixth All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday.

The culmination of a great season of All-Weather racing, with £1 million total prize fund on offer – Championships Finals Day is the richest All-Weather racecard staged in Europe as well as one of the richest race days in the UK.

When is the All-Weather Championships Finals Day?

It takes place on Good Friday, 19 April 2019 at Lingfield Park – Who hosts a huge amount of All Weather fixtures across the season, and is the home of the much anticipated All Weather Championships Finals Day.

What races will be run at Lingfield on Finals Day?

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  • 15:05 – Betway All-weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes (Class 2)
  • 15:40 – Ladbrokes 3 Year Old All-weather Championships Conditions Stakes (Class 2)
  • 16:15 – Betway Easter Classic All-weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes (Class 2)
  • 16:45 – Sun Racing All-weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes (Class 2)

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What is the prize money?

A total of £1 million in prize money is on offer on Finals Day across the seven race categories.

Where can I watch the racing?

The racing will be on ITV, Racing TV – You can find Racing TV on channel 426 on Sky, 536 on Virgin Media, 411 on Virgin Ireland.

It's 261 on Freeview or head online at www.racingtv.com

How to get to Lingfield Park?

Lingfield racecourse is located in the heart of the Surrey countryside and very easily accessible from central London by train or car.

Directions

By Car – Follow the brown tourist signs to Lingfield Park from the M25 at junction 6 and pick up the A22 southbound towards East Grinstead and Eastbourne.

Proceed on the A22 for about 4 miles to Blindley Heath Just after the Texaco filling station turn sharp left at traffic lights on the B2029 to Lingfield, approx 2 miles.

Keep on through the village and the racecourse is at the bottom of the hill beyond Lingfield High street.

 

By Rail – Victoria Station London to Lingfield Station is a 50 minute journey, then a 5 minute walk from the station to Lingfield Park Racecourse.

Lingfield racecourse is one of the oldest established racecourses in the UK, having celebrated its centenary in 1990.

The all weather track is triangular and 1 mile 2 furlongs in length. It has some undulations. The straight run in is only 2 furlongs long.

Who have graced the All-Weather Finals Day in the past?

The notable names to feature and win on Finals Day were Realtra, Winning Story, Sovereign Debt, Convey, Kimberella, City Light, Funny Kid, Corinthia Knight and Victory Bond.

Can I buy tickets?

Yes! Click here to purchase tickets for the All-Weather Championship Finals Day.

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Eurozone ‘not resilient enough’ for another economic crisis, IMF warns

Eurozone is ‘not resilient enough’ to weather another economic crisis, the International Monetary Fund warns amid signs of a slowdown in Germany and France

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The eurozone is in better financial shape than a decade ago, but still not solid enough to withstand another economic crisis, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told a Paris conference that the currency union ‘is not resilient enough’ to emerge unscathed from ‘unexpected economic storms’.

Lagarde acknowledged that the currency union was now ‘more resilient than a decade ago when the global financial crisis struck.

‘But it is not resilient enough,’ she said.


International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned that Europe’s currency union ‘is not resilient enough’ to emerge unscathed from ‘unexpected economic storms’ during the ‘The Euro Area: Staying the Course through Uncertainties’ conference the Banque de France in Paris today

‘Its banking system is safer, but not safe enough. Its economic well-being is greater overall, but the benefits of growth are not shared enough,’ Lagarde told the gathering, which was organised by the French central bank.

The warning comes as signs are multiplying of slower economic growth, especially in powerhouse Germany and the bloc’s second-biggest economy, France.

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On Friday, indications of a weak first quarter for the eurozone mounted as a closely-watched survey pointed to March output being dragged further down by manufacturing weakness.

Manufacturers in the 19-nation single currency bloc ‘reported their steepest downturn for six years’ as pressure mounted from trade wars and Brexit fears, data company IHS Markit said.


European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi fuelled anxiety earlier this week after he hinted that interest rates would stay low for longer than previously thought in order to stimulate growth and inflation.

On Wednesday, the European Central Bank added to growth worries when its chief Mario Draghi hinted that interest rates would stay low for longer than previously anticipated, to stimulate growth and inflation. 

‘Some can rightfully argue that Europe has been slow to produce a fully developed financial ecosystem’,’ Lagarde warned, saying Europe was still wounded from the last crisis.

‘These events left painful economic scars on many households and companies, sowing the seeds of economic disparity across member countries and within’,’ she said, adding that ‘now is the time to give euro area finance another big push’.

She called for the eurozone to ‘show new resolve and complete the banking and capital markets unions, so it can harvest the benefits now and in the future’.


Lagarde also urged eurozone leaders to club together and unlock the ‘full potential of the banking union’

On banks specifically, she said ‘we need a European banking system that can bend in a storm without breaking, we need a banking system that will truly diversify risks across the ecosystem and irrigate growth’.

She urged eurozone leaders ‘to reignite the discussion, to negotiate in good faith and make the difficult compromises to unlock the full potential of the banking union’.

She also said banks needed to establish a ‘common deposit insurance’ which would act as a ‘vital shade tree’ when risks rose.

Such a system should be financed by banks, not taxpayers, she urged.

A single European capital market would also help act as a ‘spare tyre’ for the eurozone economy, Lagarde said.

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Britain to bask in ‘hottest spring on record’ with 26C heat on the way

Britain could see its hottest spring since records began with temperatures expected to soar well above average across the country through most of the season.

The Met Office is predicting glorious weather for the three months until June starting with potentially record-breaking spring warmth this week.

By Thursday most of the UK will experience temperatures in the high teens, and they could even hit 20C in places with prolonged periods of sunshine, say forecasters.

Spring temperatures could hit 26C in April thanks to plumes of warm air from Africa, and the extended forecasts suggests summer could be hot and settled.

Monday got off to a crisp start which will lead to a fine and bright day across much of England and Wales, the Met Office said.

Isolated showers are expected in western Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In the evening, showers will be confined to the far northwest and an overnight frost is likely under clearer skies in the south.

Tuesday will be a fine day with sunny spells except in the north where it will be cloudier with rain in the far northwest.

Dry weather is likely from Wednesday with the best of the sunshine in the south and east of the UK.

The northwest will continue to see wetter and breezier weather.

The Met Office said a much warmer-than-usual March to May is five times more likely than much cooler conditions.

'Well above average' UK temperatures over spring – a category which includes 2011 and 2017's hottest springs since records began – is a 50 per cent probability, compared to 10 per cent for 'well below average' temperatures.

Bookmakers Coral cut odds on spring being the hottest on record from 4/1 to 5/4.

Coral spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: "Punters believe a sizzling spring is ahead."

Scotland could see 22C next month.

April saw 21-23C highs in Scotland in three of the past four years, Met Office records show.

The warm forecast is a boost for Scots planning for Easter holidays and May Bank Holidays.

Hot air from Africa is set to raise temperatures, pulled north by high pressure south of UK, forecasters said.

A roasting summer is also on the cards this year, The Weather Outlook said.

The Met Office three-month forecast said: "For March-May, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average.

"The probability UK average temperatures will fall into the warmest of our five categories is 50 per cent. The coldest category is 10 per cent.

"Some long-range prediction systems indicate an increased chance of high pressure to the south of the UK."

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: "With computer models strongly favouring a warm spring, there is potential for the record for the hottest spring to be challenged.

"In April, 22C highs are likely in Scotland. Plumes of warm air from Africa are expected.

"And there is an increased chance of a hot and settled summer due to the trend for more high pressure, which brings hot conditions in summer."

March is already 2.2C warmer-than-usual in central England, Met Office figures show.

The hottest UK springs since records began 109 years ago in 1910 were 2011 and 2017, which both averaged 9.15C.

Sunday's hot spot was St James's Park in central London, which saw a high of 15.1C, while the sunniest was Lyneham in Wiltshire, which basked in 11.5 hours of sunshine.

Met Office five-day weather forecast

The next five days will be fine with sunny spells for many, the Met Office says.

Monday

It will be a crisp start for many, leading to a fine and bright day across much of England and Wales.

Cloud will thicken across the northwest, with isolated showers through the day in western Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Monday night

Showers will be restricted to the far northwest overnight.

It will be generally cloudy across the north, a frost is likely where it remains clearer in the south.

Tuesday

A frosty start in the south, then a fine day with sunny spells.

Generally cloudier across the north with showery rain continuing in the far northwest.

Warm in any sunshine.

Wednesday to Friday

Largely dry throughout.

Often fairly cloudy but with some sunshine, particularly towards the south and east.

Occasionally wetter and breezier far northwest.

Warming up, before cooler from the north later.

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UK weather forecast: 10cm snow TODAY as 90mph Storm Gareth strikes Britain – map shows where blizzards will hit

The Met Office says that there is a "danger to life" with 'severe' weather warnings for rain and wind for nearly all of UK – and snow forecast in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Several people have been caught in an avalanche on Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, today after heavy snowfall hit Scotland.

There were severe delays to the ferries at the Port of Dover with lorries queuing up due to the bad weather affecting crossings.

The second day of the Cheltenham Festival is under threat with the racecourse due to carry out a morning inspection on Wednesday.

It is feared winds of around 50mph could put temporary structures in danger of being blown over.

Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond said an "explosive" cyclone "is seeing the Atlantic storm deepen rapidly."

She added: “We expect structural damage to buildings, trees blown down, large waves on coasts and possible power cuts. People should be aware of warnings.

“Gusts of 70-80mph and possibly 90mph over higher ground are forecast – highest in western Scotland.

“But very windy conditions will also affect the rest of the country – with 55-60mph gusts inland in the north and 35-50 mph in the south, peaking on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.”

John Hammond, chief meteorologist for Weathertrending told The Sun Online: “Cold air is sweeping in from the northwest today and will be with us through Wednesday too.

“The Western Highlands will bear the brunt, with up to 5-10cm on the higher mountains – mostly above road level – for a time today.

“Highest roads and settlements in Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England may see some temporary accumulations of up to 5cm today.

“Snowdonia may see brief accumulations of 2-5cm, but this is most likely above main road level.”

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But major problems look unlikely with Mr Hammond adding: “While the air will feel very cold because of the strong winds, it won’t be as cold as we saw at the weekend, and therefore snow will be more limited. Major disruption looks unlikely.”

Forecasters also said 2in-2.4in (50mm-60mm) of rain was possible over higher ground in Cumbria.

Some of those downpours are expected to contain sleet and wet snow as well as hail in the showers.

Storm Gareth is already causing some travel disruption.

London City Airport is already warning passengers to expect “delays and cancellations” to some flights.

In the West Country the storm has already caused power blackouts and fallen trees blocking roads.

The main trainline through Dawlish, Devon, has been closed.

Highways England said officers were dealing with severe flooding on the northbound entry slip road to Charnock Richard services off the M6 in Lancashire, while a lane was closed on the M6 southbound near junction 33, at Hampson Green in Lancashire, because of a flood.

The Environment Agency said staff had been working through the night in Cumbria and Lancashire to monitor rain and river levels.

It said on Twitter: "We've been out throughout the night clearing grids & removing debris in #Cumbria & #Lancs to reduce flood risk during #stormgareth.

"Rain is falling on already wet catchments, therefore it's important that people do remain vigilant, be prepared & know your risk."

After the rain clears, the storm is expected to bring strong winds, with a chance of damage to buildings, power cuts and travel problems.

The Met Office has predicted the winds will hit Northern Ireland at about 3pm on Tuesday, with a yellow warning for all of England and Wales and some parts of Scotland from 9pm.

 

The warnings remain in force until Wednesday.

A yellow weather warning for rain is also in place in parts of northern England on Thursday and Friday.

The storm, caused by a deep area of low pressure, was named by Met Eireann, the Irish weather service, and is the third named storm this year after Storm Erik in February and Freya earlier this month.















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