As clouds fill the sky to end our week of fine weather, things are much worse in the rest of the world.
Friday 26 September 1997
In the rest of the world, however, disasters continue. The death toll from smog in the Indonesian half of New Guinea is said to have reached 265, as forest fires and a delay in the monsoon rains caused by El Nino combine to produce perhaps the worst conditions this century.
Mexico, meanwhile, is bracing itself for Hurricane Nora, which is expected to sweep across the country any moment now. Thousands have headed for emergency shelters as flash flooding is predicted.
In India, torrential rain killed at least 25 people on Wednesday night as their houses collapsed under the force of 90-mph winds. Guntoor district, 150 miles south east of Hyderabad, was reported to be under 4ft to 9ft of water.
In Vietnam, the whirlwinds of Typhoon Fritz are causing the damage; in Swaziland the Health Ministry has warned of heavy rains bringing a malaria outbreak. It's good to be in England, now that autumn's here.
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Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Ukip and Nigel Farage on course for remarkable victory in European elections
Tony Benn was entirely ineffectual - and usually wrong
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'
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