As much of the U.S. weathers record high temperatures, the U.K. is experiencing one of the wettest and coldest summers on record. From the Daily Express:
BRITAIN is facing its “worst ever” summer with cold wet weather ruining family holidays and blighting the Olympics, forecasters warned last night.
August is set to be a washout following a miserable July and the wettest June since records began – meaning summer is effectively over.
Gloomy forecasts suggest dire weather will continue as officials last night put Britain on flood alert after torrential downpours yesterday wreaked havoc.
As the Environment Agency warned of a “potential danger to life” with rivers swelling to breaking point in the Midlands, Yorkshire and Wales, Government forecasters were on standby to brief the Cabinet if severe floods strike.
The agency last night issued 51 flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected – and 135 alerts. Monsoon-like downpours hit 85,000 music fans at the T In The Park festival in Kinross, Scotland, and 28,000 Formula 1 spectators camping for the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone. Race meetings today in Nottingham and Carlisle were cancelled while play was delayed on all courts at Wimbledon – other than Centre Court.
In Leeds, organisers cancelled music festival MFEST over safety concerns.(H/t Instapundit). Glenn Reynolds notes: "Brits can comfort themselves with the knowledge that what they’re experiencing is merely variable weather, while the United States is experiencing climate change." Ha.
Emergency services reported a surge of flood callouts, dispatched special operations teams and told motorists not to drive through floodwater.
The misery is set to continue with parts of the Midlands and northern Britain braced for six inches of rain – more than two months’ worth – in the 72 hours to tomorrow night.
I would note that the cold, rainy weather isn't just limited to England. There is also this report about the flooding in Southern Russia.