It is Monday, and it is raining again in the south of France. But it was sunny yesterday. And it was also dry last Wednesday, although it then rained almost continuously from Thursday through to Saturday, the Financial Times reports.

A small consolation is that these intervals of storm and sun have been accurately predicted several days in advance. That is why I am writing this column today rather than yesterday. The quality of weather forecasting has improved considerably.

The BBC has re-released the worst weather forecast in its history. In 1987 Michael Fish went on television to reassure viewers rumours of...

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