Those exceptional weather events just keep on coming, and for some reason unknown to the climate change denial lobby, they seem to be coming more often over time. Yesterday’s beneficiary of exceptional weather was the city of Lisbon, where three inches (71mm) of rain fell in 24 hours, most of it late morning, coinciding with a high tide.
The effect, as the various video clips in this link show, was that the central Baixa area of the city was flooded up to a depth of around half a metre, or well over a foot and a half. Buses appear to have tried to carry on, but one Metro line had to close, and I suspect the trams took their own rain check.
I’m told that more rain is forecast for the area. Lisbon in the rain is an occasional hazard in the autumn and winter months, but yesterday’s downpour and high tide produced something rather more than exceptional. It’s not just a coincidence.
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