Europe wildfires warning for holidaymakers
Southern Europe is still sweltering in the grip of a heatwave, which has sparked wildfires in the south of France and Corsica, near popular tourist spots along the Cote d’Azur. Thousands of firefighters have also been battling blazes in Portugal, while Italy’s drought is so severe that the Pope has shut down the Vatican’s historic…
Thousands evacuated over flood fears
The army is on standby and thousands of people are evacuating their homes: eastern England is bracing itself for a winter storm surge with severe flood warnings in force along the coast.
Channel 4 News headlines, Fri 13 Jan
Tens of thousands of people told to leave their homes tonight amid fears of a storm surge and flooding down the east coast.
FactCheck: Government still mired in dubious flood claims
The waves continue to batter Britain and the political storm over the coalition’s flood defence strategy is still raging too. Is this government really spending more than the last?
150 years of British weather forecasts
Britain’s first Weather Man was mercilessly ribbed when he got it wrong. Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy declared: “General weather probable during the next two days” in his first weather forecast – which was printed in The Times on August 1, 1861. 150 years on, what’s changed? FactCheck turns Weather Girl.