But try telling thousands of people across Britain tonight that Global Warming exists when cold weather and severe floods have wreaked havoc across many parts of the country...
Teenage soldier feared drowned as floods sweep Britain
By PAUL SIMS
15th June 2007
A teenager soldier was swept away in a swollen stream as torrential rain and floods caused chaos across the country.
Rivers burst their banks and drivers were forced to abandon their cars as parts of Britain saw an entire month's rainfall in a single day.
And more than 40 workers were trapped inside their factory after floodwaters up to 6ft deep encircled the building.
Stranded motorists had to be rescued from cars after the heavy rains caused flash floods in country lanes around Ongar, Brentwood and Chelmsford
Manufacturing manager Dennis Rodway said staff had been advised to shelter on the first floor of the two-storey factory after the nearby River Tame burst its banks.
"We have still got power and nobody is going to starve," Mr Rodway joked. "It's just a matter of sitting it out."
West Midlands Ambulance Service said the trapped people were not at risk but were waiting for water levels to drop before they left the building.
Search and rescue hunt for the missing soldier who fell into the river at Catterick, North Yorkshire
A massive search was underway last night for the young infantry soldier who was crossing a beck with two fellow recruits while on a routine exercise when they were knocked off their feet by the sudden impact of the wave.
The three men, among 1,200 recruits undergoing a 24-week training programme, got into trouble as flash floods wrought havoc across much of the country.
They had linked arms to cross Risedale Beck near Catterick Garrison, in North Yorkshire, as part of a march when the incident happened at 9am yesterday.
Whilst his fellow recruits were pulled to safety the 17-year-old is believed to have disappeared beneath the water, sparking a full-scale rescue operation.
Within minutes an RAF helicopter was scrambled whilst men from the garrison, the police and fell rescue teams led the ground search for the missing soldier.
The 17-year-old soldier is believed to have disappeared beneath the water, sparking a full-scale rescue operation
Last night, an Army spokesman confirmed: 'The three recruits had their arms linked as they crossed the beck but they were hit by a sudden surge of water.
"Two of the soldiers were rescued and pulled to safety but one is still missing."
As more than a month's rainfall fell across some parts of the country, up to 100 factory workers in the West Midlands were trapped by rising flood waters.
Staff at the WH Smith and Sons toolmakers in Minworth, Warwickshire, were penned in by water levels six feet high after the swollen River Tame burst its banks.
Firefighters battle to reduce the flood level in Essex
Russell Scott, 33, wades through the floodwaters with his one-year-old son, Nicholas, in Fyfield
Fire crews rescued most of the employees by Noon but a further 42 remained trapped upstairs in the building's restaurant waiting for the water to recede.
Among them was Jean Owen, 36, who said: "Water started to come in from everywhere. I've never seen anything like it. It was like a disaster movie."
As the freak weather tore across the country people were evacuated from their homes, schools were closed, roads were blocked and rail services crippled.
Sky News records a woman was stranded in her car as a Sky film crew looked on , unable to help. She was later rescued.
In Essex, motorists had to be rescued from their cars after flash floods left many roads submerged.
Up to three feet of water had to be pumped away from country lanes in Ongar, Brentwood, Chelmsford and Southend.
Some residents in the North Hertfordshire villages of Barkway and Baley were among those evacuated from their homes whilst access roads were blocked by landslips.
Among the worst hit areas was Edgbaston which received more than 3.5inches of rain in just 24 hours - more than its estimated average rainfall for June.
In Bingley, West Yorkshire, more than 2.8inches (71mm) of rain in the same space of time whilst Coleshill in Warwickshire also suffered with 1.9inches (49mm).
In South Yorkshire, the fire service received up to 200 calls between Midnight and 8am yesterday morning from residents worried about the rising water level in their homes.
A spokeswoman said: "One caller just rang to say the water was now at the top step of his cellar."
Motorists had to be rescued from their vehicles after they were stranded in waist high water as the River Sheaf and River Don burst their banks.
More than a dozen roads across Sheffield and Rotherham were blocked, at least 10 schools in the region were closed and 52 elderly residents evacuated from their nursing home.
Firefighters were called to deal with some roads in Essex which had become impassable
A 14-year-old boy was rescued after he fell into a swollen river in the Chapeltown area of Sheffield.
Craig Stenton, 41, dashed to help the youngster after hearing his screams.
He said: "I could see a kid swirling around in the water. I grabbed a clothes prop to try and hook him out but it was no use. "I ran further along and saw he had got stuck on a branch so I waded in and dragged him out." South Yorkshire Police declared the flooding a major incident and called in all senior officers to coordinate operations.
Meanwhile, the Environment Agency issued flood warnings for Norfolk, Suffolk, Yorkshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire.
A spokesman said: "We have had very, very heavy rainfall. It's not over yet and will be moving slowly northwards.
"We would remind people to be vigilant and to make sure they are aware of the threat of flooding."
The weather also hit a number of sporting events. At Chester-Le-Street, County Durham, where England's cricketers were due to take on the West Indies, play was abandoned.
In London, the covers came on at the Artois tennis championships at Queen's while the day's race meeting in York was called off.
A Met Office forecaster said further heavy showers were due over the weekend but nothing like the deluge seen in the last 48 hours.
"It should get drier over the weekend, but we are likely to see some lighter showers on Saturday and Sunday.
"Temperatures should remain around the seasonal average of 18 to 19C, but it will feel a lot cooler than recently."
He added: "June is a month where we might well see very heavy showers deposit quite a lot of rain in a very short space of time.
"The unusual thing here is the prolonged nature of the rain which is simply down to the fact that the weather front is slower moving."