2012年12月27日

Thames Barrier shuts for the first time in two years to prevent flooding in London as fresh Atlantic storm promises yet more rain

Neighbours help out after a 300-year-old cottage flooded in the village of Hemingford Abbots, Cambridgeshire, for the first time in its history
Neighbours help out after a 300-year-old cottage flooded in the village of Hemingford Abbots, Cambridgeshire, for the first time in its history

Owners of the cottage awoke to find the property under two feet of water after the Great Ouse burst its banks
Owners of the cottage awoke to find the property under two feet of water after the Great Ouse burst its banks
A tree had to be felled after it threatened the safety of monkeys in a sanctuary in Cornwall
A tree had to be felled after it threatened the safety of monkeys in a sanctuary in Cornwall

Pepper, the 10-month-old capuchin monkey died after getting tetanus, possibly linked to flooding at the Looe Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall
Pepper, the 10-month-old capuchin monkey died after getting tetanus, possibly linked to flooding at the Looe Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall
A dog walker is battered by strong winds on the Hamble seafront
A dog walker is battered by strong winds on the Hamble seafront

Back in April that barely seemed imaginable with Britain in the midst of the worst drought since 1976.
More than 20million people were subject to a hosepipe ban as the Environment Agency drew up contingency plans believing the drought could last until Christmas.
But after the wettest summer in 100 years, Britain's climate swung back the other way.
Professor Tim Palmer, from the University of Oxford, told the BBC the topsy-turvy conditions are the result of changes in the movement of the Atlantic jet stream which travels to our shores from America.
'When the jet stream moves up to the north, and then travels back down to the UK, it brings with it cold air, blizzards, very severe and unpleasant weather from that perspective,' he said.
Professor Palmer predicted Britain will see more extreme patterns of weather with periods of drought followed by flooding and cold weather as the jet stream continues to be affected by climate change.
'The question of how it will change is still a very active research problem, and we don't have clear-cut answers yet.
'But I think there is quite a big possibility that what we will see is the jet stream undergoing quite dramatic and erratic excursions.'
A large depression over the Atlantic is set to hit Britain bringing more rain and winds of up to 60mph
A large depression over the Atlantic is set to hit Britain bringing more rain and winds of up to 60mph
Flooding in Spring Cottage, Leicestershire, which is expected to see more wet weather over the weekend
Flooding in Spring Cottage, Leicestershire, which is expected to see more wet weather over the weekend

A dog walker braves the downpours as Britain's relentless wet weather continues
A dog walker braves the downpours as Britain's relentless wet weather continues

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