31st March - Today's News: Strong Winds Batter Britain

March goes out like a lion with very strong winds roaring across much of the country with travel chaos as Britain is battered by 100mph winds overnight (actually, the highest low level gust was 97mph - but gusts to 60mph were widespread) whilst in south London Lord's Father Time weather vane damaged by high winds.   Conditions will remain unsettled through the week but it still looks like being much quieter - and mostly dry - over Easter.

And across the North Sea, storm brings transport chaos to the Netherlands too

Two people were rescued from their cars after being caught in flash floods caused by heavy rain in Sydney, with reports also of a "mini tornado"

Decaying Cyclone Nathan dumps heavy rain on Pilbara, Goldfields

But it's a cold start to autumn for southeast Australia with parts of Victoria recording their lowest March temperatures for 20 years.   Must be the new ice age .....


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