It is time we took global warming seriously. The government just digs a hole and hides in it, they are totally unprepared for it.You can bet if the SE has the same amount of rain next winter there will be hell to pay. I remember as a child how smoggy it was in Edinburgh, this was caused by all the coal fires hence the name Auld Reekie.
Which was nothing compared to the smog they used to get in London. It was known as 'killer' smog with very good reason. One winter I lived there (early 1960s) they had it really badly and you had to cover your nose and mouth when you went out otherwise you had problems breathing and were also inhaling the vile stuff, also it got up your nose and inside your ears. I had to walk about a quarter of a mile every morning to get the tube, and one day I was wearing a white under-slip but by the time I got to the office it was black right up to my thighs.
Incidentally I don't believe that global warming is caused by us humans, or if it is, then only by a tiny percentage. The global temperature has risen and fallen for billions of years, ranging from ice ages to tropical conditions, and weather patterns have changed as well in that time, so I see this as nothing new and now even many scientists are admitting that they got it wrong.