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Climate change refers to a large-scale, long-term shift in the planet's weather patterns and average temperatures.
Freezing rain is fairly rare in the UK. When it does occur the consequences can be devastating. This case study looks at an occurrence which affected Wales, SW England and the Midlands in January 1996.
Persistent rain brought flooding to many parts of the UK during the first weekend of July. The impacts were numerous, ranging from flooded transport networks to disrupted sporting events.
During severe weather trains are often busier as people leave the car or bike at home. The rail network copes well with 'run of the mill' winter weather.
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