We just returned to the Southern Med from Italy, and can report that the weather in both places is quite normally hot.
The Brit MSM reports otherwise:
While much of Britain is still under floodwater, raging fires across southern Europe burned out of control yesterday…
Thousands of people across southern Europe have been displaced by fires triggered by persistently high temperatures and, in some cases, possible arson. Some of the blazes are so huge they are visible from space…
In Italy there were suggestions that many of the fires in the past week were lit by arsonists and the Mafia.
We went all over Italy, and saw not a single out of control fire – just the odd singed field that’s normal at this time of year. And our Mafiosa friends will be deeply wounded by these libellous claims that they would abandon their altruistic peacekeeping activities and stoop to burning fields.
Those Brit floods resemble those a few years back when Climate Change visciously focused on new housing developments with names like “Meadow Valley” and “The Lakes”. Thus, this time:
Towns vulnerable to floods
Flooded by river: 570 properties so far, mainly in south-west of town. More expected.
Why: Abingdon sits on the confluence of the River Thames and River Ock. South-west Abingdon is built on the flood plain on a neck between the two rivers. Both rivers have severe flood warnings.
Defences: No man-made defences. 10,000 sandbags.
Peak flood: Late Wednesday. Similar capacity to January 2003 flood.
Peak flood: Late Wednesday evening, but will remain high for several days. Peak will be similar height to January 2003 floods.
Still, help is at hand (my ellipsis):
Water bills will have to rise to pay for flood-proofing towns and cities, the head of the Environment Agency says today, as forecasters warn of further flash floods over the weekend…
(She adds that) the country must act now to protect itself from the impact of climate change, which will make flooding a regular event.
So now all those folks can build in floodplains, secure in the knowledge that someone else will pick up the tab. Economists call this moral hazard.
Anyway, returning to the Southern Med, we found a flier from the local government waiting on the doormat. It asks us to save the planet by jogging to work and turning the central heating down 5 degrees.
It’s 98 degrees.