Britain braced for more wild weather with floods, gales and hayfever hell

Britain braced for more wild weather with floods, gales and hayfever hellPA



Get used to shivering under your brolly and calling off the barbeque as the summer floods and storms aren't over yet and forecasters have warned that the unsettled weather is likely to stay for the next month.

The Environment Agency issued 19 flood alerts covering the South East, East Anglia, the Midlands and parts of the North East, and the Met Office has said there will be more strong winds and heavy rain today with sunshine breaking through tomorrow.

According to the Daily Mail, firefighters are on flood alert in many parts of the country including the south west, which saw a great amount of flood-related call outs in the past week.

The South West saw huge seas off Plymouth and Devon with yachts running aground and the Scillonian Ferry serviced being cancelled due to the dangerously high seas. Earlier in the week a tornado forming over the coastline was snapped by local in Cornwall.

The Environment Agency said people in Cornwall and Devon should 'remain prepared' for flooding. Its specialist teams are closely monitoring river levels across the country with warnings covering 32,500 properties.

MeteoGroup forecaster Julian Mayes told the Daily Mail: 'We cannot find a period of June weather worse than this month since records began. For a 12-day period, it's as bad as it can be.

'There's no parallel with this month's combination of very high rainfall, very low sunshine and very low daytime temperatures.

'The outlook is unsettled and although we don't yet know for sure if it will be the wettest June, it's well on the way.'

Forecaster for Vantage Weather Services Jonathan Powell told the Express: 'We have an absolutely dreadful Saturday to contend with before it finally dries up a bit over the rest of the weekend.'

The topsy-turvy weather has sparked hayfever hell for millions of people across Britain too with severe symptoms soaring five-fold in a few weeks, the Express reported.

Chairwoman of Allergy UK Muriel Simmons said: 'Because it's been both wet and sunny, grass in ­particular has been growing at a very fast rate which increases the ­pollen in the air. High winds are also spreading it around and increasing exposure.'

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Britain braced for more wild weather with floods, gales and hayfever hell

Sardinia is hardly short of beautiful beaches - but if you want one that has white sand, crystal clear waters and is crowd-free, then Punta Molentis in Villasimius is the place for you. The hidden beach doesn't get overrun with visitors (in part because there are no beach facilities attracting them) so it's perfect if you like privacy on the beach. Rocks of up to 15 metres surround the beach and there's plenty of greenery to add to the beautiful scenery.

With 199 kilometres of coastline in Trang, you won't need to share your favoured beach spot with anyone - not least because it's one of the least visited provinces in Thailand. The beaches are breathtaking and there's a string of offshore islands for you to explore if you manage to peel yourself away from the picture-perfect mainland. Beach bums should visit the Mu Koh Petra National Park where there are idyllic islands and crystal clear waters to enjoy.

Almeria is, inexplicably, a part of Spain that is still relatively undiscovered, with wild and deserted beaches in the San Jose area. Los Genoveses Beach offers shallow water and rocky headlands, while Monsul Beach is surrounded by lumps of volcanic rock. It is said to be one of the best beaches in Spain.

Just a 15-minute flight from Madeira's main island lies the gorgeous Porto Santo. The beauty of the tiny island is that it hasn't succumbed to mass tourism and although its pristine beach is the main attraction for the tourists who do visit, you won't come across crowds on the nine-kilometre stretch of golden sand. If you get bored of sunning yourself on the beach, there are spectacular diving sites as well as jet skiing, sailing and windsurfing to keep you entertained.

The beaches of Tobago Cays are as idyllic as they come, with white sand and turquoise blue waters. The area is a protected national marine park made up of five uninhabited islands that are only accessible by boat. The Cays are surrounded by coral reefs and brightly-coloured fish, rays and sea turtles, which makes snorkelling a must before you relax on the pristine beaches.

The gorgeous inlet beach of Roccapina is overlooked by the Lion de Roccapina rock formation and is hidden from passing tourists as it's set in a protected nature reserve and only accessible via a rocky dirt track. You won't find many beach facilities at Roccapina, but the shallow water, powder-soft sand and amazing views make it one of Corsica's loveliest beaches.

There's no shortage of beaches Down Under but if you want to see a coastline that's unspoilt and hidden from the crowds, head to Jervis Bay's Murray Beach where you can enjoy sparkling waters, caves and rocks as well as some fine diving sites. Located in Booderee National Park, Murrays Beach is an undiscovered spot from Australia's usual beach crowd. Snorkelling is a must in its crystal clear waters and you'll be astounded by the volume of fish in the protected area.

Although Ramla Bay on the Maltese island of Gozo is known to locals and tourists alike, it remains pristine and peaceful. The huge curved bay is characterised by its golden, reddish sand and the hillsides that surround it. As there isn't much development in the area, you'll only find a couple of cantinas and ice cream vans on the beach. On the eastern hillside there's the cave where Odysseus is said to have spent seven years with the temptress Calypso.

Head to Sri Lanka's east coast where you'll find the unspoilt Pasikudah Beach, which is beautiful and untouched by the masses of tourists that take to Sri Lanka's other coastlines. There's just one hotel in the area, the boutique Maalu Maalu Resort, which opened in 2011 and the beach offers white sand and calm water - the perfect place to settle with a book and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

The protected Akamas Peninsula is a great place to find unspoilt nature and deserted beaches. The water here is crystal clear and marine turtles nest on the beaches. You'll also find the Baths of Aphrodite where legend has it the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite used to bathe!

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