WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE WEATHER? One Week It's Flash Floods, Mud Slides and Villages under Water, the Next It's Hosepipe Bans, Forest Fires and Empty Reservoirs across Europe.

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WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE WEATHER? One Week It's Flash Floods, Mud Slides and Villages under Water, the Next It's Hosepipe Bans, Forest Fires and Empty Reservoirs across Europe.


Byline: VICTORIA MOORE

BRITAIN is basking in a glorious summer heatwave.

Yet only weeks ago, we were witnessing storms and flash floods of such force that the Glastonbury Festival was turned into a mudbath, and areas of North Yorkshire were under several feet of water. But we are not alone in this climate confusion.

From the southern tip of Portugal to the forests of Scandinavia, Europe has been besieged by the most extreme weather we have seen for decades.

Austria, Germany and Bulgaria have seen such severe floods that houses have collapsed.

In Spain and Portugal they face the opposite problem: drought. What on earth's going on? It's all the fault of the jet stream, the ribbon of fast-flowing air that steers rain-bringing depressions around the world, which is running farther north than usual, say the experts. The result is both drought and flash floods. And that means one thing. Even as we Brits enjoy a barbecue, we can still tut-tut about the weather. …

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