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Sunday, 2 June, 2013

No swimming

“Bathing forbidden” it says. Western Europe has been having a strangely cold, wet and sunless spring. There’s snow on higher ground and rain in the valleys has swelled rivers and brought floods. The water table is saturated; the ground won’t hold any more. An expert at Belgium’s Royal Meteorological Institute, Corentin Fourneau, gave euronews this explanation for the odd conditions: “We have a low pressure zone that developed over central Europe. This opened the way for cold air to come down from the North Pole. That’s why it’s generally colder.”


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