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UK and World weather report: hurricanes/typhoons and heavy rain

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Dave Britton – Met Office | 17:30 UK time, Monday, 26 September 2011

Distance travelled ~ 689'564'000 km

The UK experienced a relatively quiet week of weather compared to recent weeks, but tropical cyclones continued to affect some parts of the world.

Scotland and Northern Ireland saw the most unsettled conditions over the UK, with further spells of heavy rain and strong to gale force winds at times. Southwesterly winds peaked at 60mph on Wednesday over exposed coasts with 60mm of rain falling at Cluanie. Across England and Wales the weather settled down with temperatures reaching 21 Celsius in East Anglia on Tuesday and Kent on Wednesday before peaking at 23 Celsius at Gravesend in Kent on Sunday - a pre-cursor for warmer conditions this week.

Early in the week the Alps in Europe experienced very early season snowfalls with 50cm on fresh snow being reported quite widely.

Typhoon Roke brought torrential rain and winds of up to 100mph across central and western Japan as it made landfall on Wednesday. Evacuation advisories were issued to a total of 1.14 million people nationwide and auto giant Toyota said it was temporarily shutting 11 of its 15 Japanese plants, which lay in the path of the approaching storm.

While Hurricane Hilary didn't make landfall on Mexico's southwestern Pacific coast, it was a powerful Category 4 storm on Friday and brought strong winds, heavy rain and surf to the coast. Search teams recovered the bodies of three fishermen caught in the storm.

Heavy rain and flooding hit Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in India over the weekend with two million people displaced, and with 80 people reported drowned. Cyclone Nesat threatens Luzon Island in the Philippines.

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