Israeli winter rainfall is at a record low, drying rivers and waterways and failing to replenish underground aquifers.
U.K. mortgage approvals and house- price growth increased to the most since 2007, as the property market continued to accelerate at the start of the year.
Europe faces higher-than-normal temperatures for a fourth month in March, with Atlantic airflow displacing colder air as the winter heating season is coming to an end.
Flood-stricken England and Wales suffered the wettest winter since at least 1766, according to the Met Office, the government forecaster.
The U.K.’s National Farmers’ Union called for more spending on flood defenses after the wettest winter in more than a century wiped out crops in parts of southwest England, while the government outlined funding to repair damaged agricultural land.
The U.K., suffering from floods across the south of the country, had its wettest winter since nationwide records began in 1910, with nine days remaining.
Homeowners in some of Britain’s wealthiest districts face a drop in property values and the prospect their homes may be uninsurable as record floods blight towns along the River Thames.
The U.K. downgraded 14 flood warnings in commuter towns along the River Thames west of London, indicating there’s no longer a threat to life.
Flood waters on the Thames River are predicted to rise again in commuter towns west of London as recent rains filter downstream.
Prime Minister David Cameron said money’s “no object” in tackling the effects of flooding across southern England, as he called off a trip to the Middle East next week to concentrate on the crisis.