Warmest July on record for Sydney
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“Sydney has experienced its hottest July on record, with the warm and dry conditions set to continue in the harbour city.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6028239/Sydney-sweats-warmest-July-record-state-endures-devastating-drought.html


“Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that the country has become a “land of drought” as he announced further measures to help stricken farmers… Although it is still winter, parts of eastern Australia are experiencing the worst drought in living memory.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-45075838


Japan again… “Torrential rain drenched much of Yamagata Prefecture over Aug. 5 and 6, triggering landslides and flooding, power outages and suspending operations of bullet trains. The heavy storms were blamed on a stagnant front above the area. At nine points, record rainfall over a 24-hour period was recorded.”

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201808060044.html


“Typhoon Shanshan is set to approach the Tokyo area later this week, bringing heavy winds and strong rains to a region suffering from a sweltering heatwave.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-06/sweltering-tokyo-braces-for-approach-of-typhoon-shanshan


Video of flash-flooding in Hunan, China:

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/flash-flooding-wreaks-havoc-in-china-s-henan-province


“A landslide killed a woman and at least seven children in Nepal over the weekend as officials issued warnings on Monday of the risk of more landslides and flash floods due to torrential rain.”

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-08-06/nepal-landslide-kills-eight-victims-mostly-children


“The LEPL Emergency Management Agency (EMA) of Georgia posted a statement on Wednesday on their Facebook page that a glacier in Mestia, Svaneti, has partially collapsed, leading to a high risk of flooding… Specialists presume that the collapse was caused by intense melting of the glacier under high summer temperatures.”

http://georgiatoday.ge/news/11694/Glacier-Partially-Collapses-in-Svaneti


““Nobody expected five years of drought in a row, so despite our desalination capacity, it’s still a very, very grave situation,” said Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s minister of energy.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/5-year-drought-raises-questions-over-israels-water-strategy/


“These are scenes from Turkey, which is sweating out another heatwave in what experts are saying is the hottest summer the country has faced in 47 years.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2018/08/06/europe-scorched-by-heat-wave-turkey-sees-its-hottest-summer-in-47-years


“The record temperatures [in North Africa] were made worse by breakdowns in water supplies and rolling power outages, which prompted residents throughout the region to demand government action.”

https://thearabweekly.com/record-heatwave-points-looming-climate-crisis-maghreb


“The Italian island of Sardinia was experiencing a sweltering heatwave along with the rest of Europe when the bizarre ice blast took place on Thursday this week. Witnesses described a “snow blanket” on the roads, just minutes after a sweltering 35C heatwave.”

https://www.express.co.uk/news/weather/998928/Italy-Europe-heatwave-snow-ice-blast-hailstorm-freak-weather


“In Portugal, the capital Lisbon made a new mark on Saturday with a temperature in the city of 44C, beating the standing record by over a degree Celsius… The night minimum made new warm records in Portugal, as well, with Lisbon recording 29.1C and, inland from the capital, in Portalegre at 32.2C. In Spain, the capital Madrid recorded the warmest ever August night at 26C.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/lisbon-breaks-local-heat-record-temperatures-soar-europe-180805130226842.html


“The dry and hot weather spell has reduced small rivers and creeks to rivulets [in Switzerland]. In some regions, rangers have begun to resettle the local fish population to ensure its survival. Last week the army flew emergency water supplies to cattle farmers in the Alps. Switzerland’s main farmers group has also called for government help, notably reducing taxes on hay imports as many farmers have been forced to use their winter stock of silage due to the dry pastures.”

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/sweltering-heat_temperatures-climb-to-record-levels/44303062


“Wednesday’s weather is forecast to be so hot that the all-time record temperature for Denmark could be broken. Wednesday could see over 36.4 degrees Celsius, which would be the hottest ever recorded in the Scandinavian country, meteorology agency DMI said. The current record has stood since 1975.”

https://www.thelocal.dk/20180806/denmark-could-break-heat-record-this-week


“Warm ocean temperatures in San Diego are consistent with rec0rd-breaking ocean temperatures observed in Australia in 2015 and 2016, and across the world’s oceans in 2017. They are also consistent with a spate of warming events that have been occurring across the greater San Diego area in 2018 (that have enabled multiple wildfires in the past few months).”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/priyashukla/2018/08/04/warm-ocean-temperatures-in-san-diego-break-102-year-record/#76ad86277761


These issues are definitely going more mainstream:

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/04/world/climate-change-deadly-summer-wxc-intl/index.html


Read the previous ‘Climate’ thread here.