News Flooded fields around the River Tone seen from Windmill Hill, Somerset

… and the Met Office warns there is still more rain to come

Lightning strikes and floods disrupt rail services across UK

Lightning strikes and flooding caused havoc on mainline rail services today.

CIA backs $630,000 study into how to control global weather through geoengineering

Study part-funded by the CIA to investigate national security implications of geoengineering

A youth jumps into the sea at Carnlogh harbour in County Antrim

Another sizzling weekend in prospect as of 30C heatwave returns

But good news is tempered by health alert

Luisa Zissman in the interview room on tonight's Apprentice
The sun sets over the Chukchi Sea. Both the northern and southern hemispheres experienced the warmest temperatures for both land and sea

Unprecedented extremes and warmest decade since modern measurements: grim report from World Meteorological Organisation

Both the northern and southern hemispheres experienced the warmest temperatures for both land and sea

Still smooth: Burt Bacharach

Music review: Burt Bacharach, Royal Festival Hall, London

Burt Bacharach strolls onto the Festival Hall stage like he's stepping on board a yacht, the brass buttons on his blazer gleaming in the spotlight. A brief pause to acknowledge the applause, then the captain takes the helm of his Steinway to steer his crew smoothly through a half-century of hits.

If it’s like father, like son, Qatar's Emir Tamim will certainly be no pushover

The nation he built is  a flea which happily bites any great power that gets in its way

Emilia Gorecka was spurred on to finish second in the 5,000m

Britain's new wave adds shine amid the showers

For a good while on Sunday, the European Team Championships were in danger of being washed out – or flooded indoors.

Katrina left 800,000 people homeless in New Orleans in 2005. Right, Sandy on satellite

Lower pollution and cleaner air blamed for rise in hurricanes

Hurricanes, referred to as “acts of God” by insurers and seen by others as harbingers of the effects of climate change, are becoming more common as an unexpected side-effect of efforts to reduce pollution, research indicates.

Pregnant ewes at a farm in the Wiltshire village of Edington

After Schmallenberg and Bluetongue, expert warns of new diseases threatening Britain's livestock and crops because of global warming

Bleak assessment of climate change means world was facing 'a lot more unanticipated events'

East Anglia got the summeriest weather, with highs approaching 18C

UK prepares to bask in the hottest days of the year but rain and thunderstorms also expected

Temperatures will reach a high of 26C today and could hit 30C tomorrow

Sergio Garcia on the way to a double-bogey on the 14th hole. The Spaniard needed uniformed officials to protect him from the crowd after his comments about Tiger Woods

US Open 2013: Phil Mickelson beats red-eye and bad weather to make strong start at Merion

World No 5 attended daughter's graduation hours before tee-off as deluge caused delays

Post-mortems due on three brothers who died in Waterford fishing incident

Post-mortems will be carried out today on the bodies of three brothers who drowned when their fishing vessel overturned at sea.

Facebook follows Twitter and Instagram's leads: Social network site to use clickable #hashtags

To some, its use perfectly encapsulates the abject lack of imagination required to use social media: include it before a word or phrase to become “part of the conversation”. But now, in yet another sign that hashtags are the mass communication method of the future, Twitter's social networking rival Facebook has announced it is going to use them.

A student goes through a security check as she enters an exam room in Shenyang

Quiet please: China falls silent for university entrance exams

The pressure is on as nine million students compete for a place in the nation’s elite

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The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

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Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn