“Forecasters have said that it’s looking increasingly likely this month could be the hottest January ever recorded in Australia with an “intense hot spell” just around the corner…
““We’ve just come off the back of the hottest December on record. In this latest heat spell we had four days that were in the top 10 hottest Australian days on record and the hottest night on record,” said Sky News Weather channel meteorologist Rob Sharpe.
““We’ve had some serious heat and it has not really broken up. This next hot spell will take us through to the end of month so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the hottest January ever,” he said. “And if that happens it could be the hottest summer on record.””
“Japan’s squid sector is in danger, with growing reports that catches this season have hit a record low, causing prices to soar, reports The Telegraph.
“A drop in volumes of squid caught by Japanese fisherman has been attributed by experts to a combination of overfishing and rising sea temperatures due to climate change.”
“The temperature in Hong Kong could drop to a chilly 12 degrees Celsius (53.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday…
“…after the city enjoyed the warmest dahan – the traditional Chinese “day of major coldness” – in 50 years on Sunday.”
“After the coldest December in 13 years, the national capital [Delhi] experienced its hottest January-day on Sunday, since 2007…
“The temperature shot up to 28.7°C, seven degrees above normal.”
“Seven weeks after a massive earthquake rocked Alaska, aftershocks are still shattering 7-year-old Connor Cartwright’s sense of safety… the seemingly never-ending aftershocks deepen quake anxiety for the second-grader and many other Alaska residents in the wide swath of the state shaken by the Nov. 30 quake…
“The latest big aftershock happened last Sunday — a magnitude 5.0 jolt that flared already frayed nerves and prompted panicky posts on social media.”
“Five people have died as a result of a winter storm that slammed the Midwest this weekend before shifting toward the Northeast, bringing dangerous conditions to roads, railways and airports.”
” More than six-and-a-half feet of rain fell on the region [Blue Ridge Mountains] in 2018…
“…setting a new record for annual rainfall and causing a wide array of soggy problems for everything from harvesting crops to fixing potholes.”
“Several areas of Argentina are in water emergency in the face of heavy flooding in the coastal region due to the intense rains registered over the last weeks…
“Secretary of Civil Protection, Emilio Renda said, “We have never seen rains like these before.”
“Heavy rains and flooding swept away houses in Madagascar’s capital of Antanarivo have killed nine people, an official report said Sunday… According to officials in the district, at least five houses collapsed and were washed away in the deluge.”
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