Extreme weather

The worst storms ever to have hit the UK
Person photographs huge waves
In pictures

The worst storms ever to have hit the UK

Wild weather has always caused death and destruction in Britain
18 Feb 2022
Gallery: wildest UK weather of 2021
A pedestrian walks bare-footed along a flooded road
In pictures

Gallery: wildest UK weather of 2021

Country braced for high winds and heavy rain as Storm Barra hits less than two weeks after Storm Arwen caused chaos
7 Dec 2021
What caused the devastating Pacific north-west flooding?
Flooding in British Columbia
In Depth

What caused the devastating Pacific north-west flooding?

Vancouver cut off from rest of Canada as heavy rainfall triggers deadly landslides
18 Nov 2021
What is the coldest UK winter on record?
Car pulls over in cold weather
Getting to grips with . . .

What is the coldest UK winter on record?

Britain and other countries warned of ‘full-blown crisis’ if temperatures plummet too low
14 Oct 2021
Gulf Stream collapse explained
Greenland ice climate change
Fact file

Gulf Stream collapse explained

Study warns of famine, extreme cold and rising sea levels if planet’s key heat distributor shuts down
6 Aug 2021
What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
Lightning
In Depth

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Young boy dies after being struck by lightning in Blackpool field
12 May 2021
The threat from the Sun
Telescopic photo of a coronal mass ejection
Getting to grips with . . .

The threat from the Sun

Scientists have real concerns that extreme weather on the Sun’s surface could unleash a catastrophe on humanity
7 May 2021

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Hurricane Lorenzo: how will it affect the UK?
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In Brief

Hurricane Lorenzo: how will it affect the UK?

‘Beast of a storm’ to bring 90mph gales and flash flooding
3 Oct 2019
The rainiest day on record in UK
London Rain
In Brief

The rainiest day on record in UK

Met Office has issued yellow weather warning
24 Sep 2019
Hurricane Dorian devastation - in pictures
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In Brief

Hurricane Dorian devastation - in pictures

At least 50 people confirmed dead and thousands more missing
10 Sep 2019
Slow hurricanes: the phenomenon baffling scientists
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In Brief

Slow hurricanes: the phenomenon baffling scientists

Tropical storm Dorian is creeping towards US east coast after stalling over northern Bahamas
5 Sep 2019
Typhoon Lekima: China death toll rises to 44
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In Brief

Typhoon Lekima: China death toll rises to 44

More than a million people have fled their homes to escape flooding and landslides
12 Aug 2019
‘Vicious cycle’ as wild weather increases carbon emissions
Climate change
In Brief

‘Vicious cycle’ as wild weather increases carbon emissions

BP warns that extreme conditions raises demand for fossil fuels
12 Jun 2019
Black ice Monday: UK weather chaos leaves thousands stranded
British Airways Heathrow
In Brief

Black ice Monday: UK weather chaos leaves thousands stranded

Snow and icy conditions halt travel services, shut schools and leave homes without power
11 Dec 2017
Extreme weather will cost UK billions by 2050, warns WWF
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In Brief

Extreme weather will cost UK billions by 2050, warns WWF

Some 2.5 million homes are at risk over the next three decades unless ministers take action, the charity says
26 Sep 2017
Hurricane Maria strengthens to category 5
Residents in Puerto Rico prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Maria
In Brief

Hurricane Maria strengthens to category 5

Forecasters predict catastrophic ‘direct hit’ on Puerto Rico later today
19 Sep 2017
Hurricane Maria triggers new Caribbean alert
Hurricane Maria bearing down on islands already devastated by Irma
In Brief

Hurricane Maria triggers new Caribbean alert

The storm, following the path of Hurricane Irma, threatens areas that are already devastated
18 Sep 2017
Hurricane Irma: millions lose power as roads turn to rivers
Widespread damage throughout Florida after Hurricane Irma makes landfall
In Brief

Hurricane Irma: millions lose power as roads turn to rivers

The storm is tearing up the west coast of Florida, bringing 130mph winds and the threat of flooding
11 Sep 2017
Hurricane Irma heads to Florida leaving trail of devastation
Hurricane Irma
In Brief

Hurricane Irma heads to Florida leaving trail of devastation

Another two storms, Jose and Katia, have strengthened to hurricanes
8 Sep 2017
Hurricane Irma leaves Barbuda ‘barely habitable’
Damage caused by Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico
In Brief

Hurricane Irma leaves Barbuda ‘barely habitable’

Winds of 185mph and a 20ft storm surge have swept through the Caribbean
7 Sep 2017
Massive storm set to cripple eastern United States
In Brief

Massive storm set to cripple eastern United States

Americans brace themselves for heavy snowfall and tornadoes
22 Jan 2016
Texas floods bring a tide of snakes, alligators and a coffin
Rattlesnake
In Brief

Texas floods bring a tide of snakes, alligators and a coffin

More than 1,000 snakes try to escape rising waters by sheltering in kitchens, linen closets and on patios
29 May 2015
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