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What is the weather like in the United Kingdom or other regions outside of the United States?

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I can't recall hearing about a hurricane or tornado in the UK, but I would think it possible. What is the weather like in your region and are natural disasters commonplace?
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The weather today has been terrible in the West Midlands, UK. In the morning we had snow showers and the wind was very strong although the temperature was not below freezing. Last week or so, we had great sunny weather and the sky was tremendously blue without a cloud in sight. For the past two or three days, we had cold weather which has given me a flu. The weather is quite erratic in the region where I live, where the weather can change in an instant.

As for your other part of the question, I have been living in the West Midlands nearly all my life and natural disasters are not commonplace. We do tend to get bad weather now and then but we never had any hurricanes or tornado. The worst kind of weather we get in our region is very strong gales and sometimes can damage peoples rooftops and can also damage trees. That's all there is to it, but with the so-called global warming and greenhouse effect, the weather for the past couple of years has been strange. The yearly seasons do not match with the weather. It's probably got to do with climate change and global warming. Fortunately, I have never experienced a natural disaster.

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I will answer for Canada.

Many think we are a land of snow and ice, indeed the far north is pretty snowy, and icey but summers are nice - lots of mosquitoes up north too! And the sun never sets.

Where I am, near Edmonton, Alberta, we have similar weather to Michigan. Snowy winters, nice summers, actually since we are further north we get more sun in the summer.

We do have tornadoes, not as much as in the tornado alley of the US, but still we have to be aware of them in the summer. Eastern Canada does have hurricane problems but they are not as bad as in the US.

Drought is a weather concern in the summer.

I use to live in southern Alberta, in an area that is classified as a desert, we had rattle snakes and black widow spiders. Temperatures often were over 100 degrees F.

This past winter we did not have much snow, it makes the farmers in my area worry, however 2 winters ago we had way more snow than normal. I will see if I can load a picture from a couple winters ago.

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The weather right now in the UK is ok, we have actually had a really warm March but some areas have snow at the moment so who knows what is going to happen.

As for natural disasters they are quite uncommon. We have had some Tornado's but I don't remember any local to me since I was born (I am 25) but when I was six months old there was a very bad hurricane that causes a lot of damage.

In 2000 my local area was also badly hit by flooding, there was a lot of rain and the local river burst its banks and the town was not prepared as it has not happened in a very very long time. The damage done by that was immense and it took several years for everything to properly recover and the town now has much better flood defences in case it happens again.

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In the UK, the weather can swing very wildly as we are a tiny island chain with the Atlantic on one side and Europe on the other.

Britian actually gets more tornadoes per square mille than the continental US! A fact that often surprises people. However, we do not get tornadoes on the scale of US ones. The worst tornado in UK history only removed a few roof tiles/fell a few a trees. We never get Hurricanes, as we are not in a tropical climate, and the conditions that produce these storms just do not exist. We can get pretty nasty rain systems from ex-hurricanes though.

Temperatures can vary from 0-1C on average in winter, to a summer average of 25-26C! Quite a wild place to live :)

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We do get hurricanes in the UK but they are very, very rare. The last big one was back in 1987 and this brought the UK to a stand still. I think it was named Hurricane Hugo (I was only 6 at the time, but I do remember watching the large apple tree in my parents garden come crashing down through the conservatory).

We have had strong winds since, but no where near as bad as the one in 1987.

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Although I now live in Australia, I came from the midlands in the UK and I know they have suffered from some terrible tornadoes in the past - extremely damaging and very frightening!

Where I am now we seem to suffer so much more flooding than we did in the past (climate change I suppose) but our biggest worry is bush fires.

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