14th January - Today's News: More Records Broken as Sydney Swelters
Sydney weather: Heatwave breaks another hottest night record whilst in Queensland weather: South-east residents swelter as heatwave continues
Good news as severe flooding avoided in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk - the storm surge wasn't quite as bad as expected
But why did a slight dusting of snow close 11 schools? A very good question when winters like 1979 and 1981/2 saw schools in rural areas remain open throughout. I know - I was at them! Even when it meant walking a mile through drifts to reach the road to stand in the bitter cold waiting for the bus .... And teachers also had just as far to travel themselves as they do today.
Icy weather in Europe causes more hardship and chaos as Storm Egon leaves two dead, thousands without power in Germany whilst a monster Baltic Sea wave sets new record and officials report that Ukraine freeze kills 40 people in two weeks
Thailand's flood death toll at 40, more rain on the way