“Saturday earned the distinction of being as the hottest day recorded in November, in Mumbai, with maximum temperature touching 37.6 degree Celsius. The previous record was of 37.4 degree Celsius in 1979 and 2003.”
“Last month was the driest October for the country since 1976. In fact, the rainfall for the month was even lower than that received in the drought years, IMD data shows. India received a meagre 35.6mm rain in October, which was 56% short of its normal quota for the month. The previous low for October was 33mm received in 1976.”
“Snowfall that started from Friday night in Kashmir has come not just too early in the season but also as a blight on the valley’s apple orchards.
“Reports reached Kashmir Reader from across the valley of extensive damage caused to apple trees due to the heavy snow that accumulated on leaves and branches.”
“Due to rising temperature, glacial lakes in the country’s northern mountain ranges – the Hindu Kush, Himalayas and Karakorum – are melting rapidly, putting at stake lives of about 7.1 million people in the region…
“In these areas, 26.7 percent and 22 percent of the population, respectively, are below the poverty line.”
“A group of nine British tourists have escaped their burning yacht after a bolt of lightning ripped through the vessel.
“The four married couples and one other woman were on board the 50ft chartered catamaran off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, when they were caught in storms at 4:30pm on Saturday afternoon.”
“The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported that at least two children were killed during floods that swamped Padang, West Sumatra over the weekend.
“The children were identified as Jihat Melani, 6, and Pasilah Azhan, 10, the agency has said in a release.”
“Air conditioners and fans will be getting a workout across South East Queensland over the coming days, with heatwave conditions for the region upgraded from severe to extreme.
“The Bureau of Meteorology alerted residents to the upgraded forecast on Monday morning, warning people to brace for scorching temperatures on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.”
“International Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse is deploying disaster response specialists and emergency relief supplies to two Pacific islands devastated by Typhoon Yutu.
“The deadly typhoon destroyed homes and infrastructure on the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan and Tinian, leaving hundreds of families isolated, and in need of medical care and shelter.”
“The eastern Pacific hurricane season hasn’t been this active since 1992 with Tropical Storm Xavier churning offshore of Mexico. The 22nd named tropical storm of the 2018 eastern Pacific hurricane season formed on Friday night. On average, 15 tropical storms form in the eastern Pacific each year.”
“One of the longest dry spells on record has left parts of the Rhine at record-low levels for months, forcing freighters to reduce their cargo or stop plying the river altogether…
“Parts of the Danube and the Elbe — Germany’s other major rivers for transport — are also drying up. Some inland ports are idle, and it is estimated that millions of tons of goods are having to be transported by rail or road.”
“Record warm temperatures were seen in several parts of the Czech Republic on Friday, mainly in Moravia and Silesia… The highest temperature, 21.2 degrees Celsius, was registered at Lučina near Frýdek Místek. At this time of year temperatures typically range from 5 to 9 degrees Celsius. Meteorologists have attributed the unseasonable weather to a stream of very warm air coming from south-eastern Europe.”
“Floods killed 12 people on the island of Sicily, including nine members of a single family, pushing Italy’s week-long storm toll beyond 30, rescuers said on Sunday… After a river burst its banks, the bodies of the family including children aged one, three and 15 were discovered in the town of Casteldaccia in the Palerno region…
“After flying over Casteldaccia on Sunday, Sicilian prosecutor Ambrogio Cartosio described scenes of “total disaster”.”
“Rainfall in October smashed records in various parts of Majorca. The most obvious heavy rain was that which led to the Sant Llorenç floods and deaths. On 9 October, 232.8 litres per square metre were recorded at the Colonia Sant Pere weather station in Arta. The previous record was in 1990 when 200 litres fell in one day. In Sant Llorenç itself there were 220 litres on 9 October. This was vastly more than the 74 litres in 1994, which was the previous record.”
“A proposal to create one of the world’s largest marine reserves in a vast area of pristine Antarctic waters has been rejected, prompting concern among conservation groups about the ecosystem’s future.
“After two weeks of deliberations, Russia, China and Norway on Friday blocked the plan for a 1.8m square kilometres maritime protection zone in the Weddell Sea…”