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English Heritage launches study into effect of bridges on floods

Guardian: Ancient stone bridges with water pouring over the parapets, their narrow arches choked by fallen trees and debris washed down swollen rivers, have been recurring images in reporting the myriad floods of the past sodden years – and the bridges have often been blamed for damming the rivers' flow and causing misery to nearby communities. As torrential rains wash away the snows, causing more floods in many parts of the country, English Heritage is launching a pilot study to establish whether the 7,000...

United Kingdom: Wettest year ends with downpours

Guardian: Hours of rain continued across much of the country on New Year's Eve, from downpours in some parts to the merely miserable, meaning that as 2012 ended, Britain was on course for the wettest year since records began. The Met Office said just 46mm (1.8in) of rain by midnight would make this year the wettest – and six steady hours of rain in some places should have ensured that. England, which had drought orders in place in many areas in the spring, has already set a record, with 1,095.8mm of rain...

South-east braced for summer heat while rest of country fears floods

Guardian: The hottest days of the year are forecast for London and the south-east this weekend, with temperatures up to 30C on Saturday and Sunday, even higher in places like central London, while the rest of the country squelches through warnings of torrential rain and possible flooding. The hottest day so far, in what has mostly been a miserable summer, was 30.7C, recorded on 30 July at St James's Park in London. The Met Office believes that could be beaten with temperatures possibly rising to 32C as...