WEATHER HAZARDS - UK WEATHER HAZARDS

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Rain
- Too much rain in too short a time can cause flooding, which can damage homes and possessions, disrupt transport networks+cause death by drowning. - Can force businesses to close. - Expensive to recover from flooding.
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Wind
-Strong winds (gales) damage properties and cause disruption to transport. - Uprooted trees+debris can injure/kill people. - Forest damaged when trees are blown over.-Winds strongest in coastal areas of UK, particularly west coast+in upland areas.
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Snow and ice
- Can cause injures due to slipping and deaths due to the cold. - Schools+businesses can be forced to shut, and major disruption to road, rail and air travel can occur. - Damage to crops and plants.
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Thunderstorms
- Heavy rain, lightning and strong winds occur in thunderstorms. - Most common in summer in south and east of UK. - Lightning can cause death and can cause fires that damage property/environment.
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Hailstorms
- Make driving very dangerous. - Damage property and destroy crops.
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Heatwaves
- Long periods of hot weather. - Deaths from heat exhaustion or breathing difficulties as pollution builds up in air. - Disruption to transport from rails buckling or roads melting.
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Drought
- Lack of precipitation. - Cause water supplies to run low - crop failures. - Rules to conserve water (e.g. banning hosepipe use) have to be introduced.
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More extreme UK temperatures
- Dec. 2010 was the coldest for over 100 years. - April 2011 was warmest April on record.
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Increase in UK rainfall
- More rainfall records have been broken in 2010-2014 than in any decade on record, even after only half a decade. - 2013 was one of the wettest years on record. - Dec. 2015 was wettest month ever on record.
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UK major flooding
-E.g. Major flooding caused by storms and high rainfall in the Somerset Levels (winter 2013-2014).
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-Strong winds (gales) damage properties and cause disruption to transport. - Uprooted trees+debris can injure/kill people. - Forest damaged when trees are blown over.-Winds strongest in coastal areas of UK, particularly west coast+in upland areas.

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Snow and ice

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Thunderstorms

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Hailstorms

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