A perfect storm: Why flooding in Britain is getting worse

Analysis: An increase in autumn and winter rainfall caused by climate change has led to increasing floods in the UK and northwestern Europe, Phoebe Weston writes

Wednesday 28 August 2019 20:09
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Flood warning signs were put out in Pontypridd, Wales, after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning
Flood warning signs were put out in Pontypridd, Wales, after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning

This summer the UK has been inundated by floods – Whaley Bridge was evacuated amid fears a 200-year-old reservoir could collapse; sinkholes appeared on the M25 and train lines up and down the country closed.

On Wednesday, a Gateshead village high street was transformed into a river.

The UK obsession with the weather is no longer just filling polite chitchat – it’s front-page news too. People debate whether these extreme flooding events are caused by climate change or our ailing Victorian infrastructure.

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