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Summertime, and the weather is fine...

This week saw the celebration of the summer solstice, and the longest day of the year in the UK. Most of us think of it as the beginning of summertime.  While it may not feel like 'Flaming June' right now, the majority of the UK has seen high levels of sunshine over recent months (even during the bank holidays). 

However, cast your mind back to winter 2010 and it was a very different story.  Heavy snow, wind and sleet meant that the UK saw its coldest winter in 30 years.  The Met Office issued severe weather warnings in the south of England, which normally enjoys the mildest temperatures in the UK.

The effects were devastating for some. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) confirmed that total costs for motor and home claims reached £1.4bn as the big freeze swept the country.

The ABI also reported that 467,000 claims were made, including 190,000 household and business claims.  A total of 103,000 burst pipe claims cost £680m, a 35% increase on the whole of winter 09/10.  A further278, 000 claims were made for vehicle damage.

Nick Starling, the ABI's director of general insurance and health, said: "Insurers always respond quickly to the large numbers of claims that often follow from bad weather, and helped thousands of customers get through a very tough December. The big freeze highlighted that when bad weather strikes there is no substitute for insurance."

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