After a dry and warm start, summer 2015 is set to end on an average note with temperatures and rainfall close to normal for the season.
Despite a dry and sunny June and a brief heat-wave at the start of July, summer overall looks set to be cooler than average and cooler than either summer 2013 or 2014. It has also been rather wetter than average, however sunshine totals are expected to...
The Met Office says there is 'no definitive answer' to what has caused the exceptional weather so far this year.
However, in a paper it says there is "evidence that shows that extreme daily rainfall rates are becoming more intense, and that the rate of increase is consistent with what is expected from the fundamental physics of a warming world".
Devon authorities are urging people to take care over the next few days as high winds, high tides and further rain is likely to cause localised flooding, especially in coastal areas tomorrow (Friday) morning.
Motorists are also being reminded to drive more slowly in the wet conditions and be considerate to other roads users and property owners.
One year on from some of the worst flooding in 2012, latest research by the Environment Agency reveals that last year’s record-breaking wet year in England could have cost the UK economy close to £600 million.
The overall financial cost to businesses of the extreme weather was up to £200 million as total commercial property and contents damage totalled up to £84 million, and further...