In 1758, Dr Johnson remarked 'when two Englishmen meet their first talk is of the weather.' This pleasant exchange would serve as an icebreaker for the further sharing of pleasantries, topics, and perhaps, even a joke. Englishmen talking about the weather today should be serious business. The countryside's ditches and streams are running over. The cities antiquated drains and sewers are struggling to cope. England is under threat. Experts warn that the skies are becoming increasingly erratic predicting tropical downpours offering the island arguably its biggest challenge for centuries.