“At least five people have been killed and thousands more have been left stranded after record rainfall hit southern China, officials say.
“Hundreds of homes and thousands of hectares of crops have been destroyed by the downpours, which are expected to continue for several days.
“More than two million people have been affected and roads and bridges have been badly damaged, state media report.
“In Guizhou province, an entire town was submerged under 2m (6ft 6in) of water.
“Elsewhere, China’s metrological association said rainfall in the southern provinces of Jiangxi and Hunan had hit record highs for June.”
“Floods in three provinces in Sulawesi [Indonesia] have forced thousands of people to flee their houses for higher ground.
“Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) revealed that 4,198 people in North Konawe regency in Southeast Sulawesi had been evacuated to safer areas.”
“Coastal areas in south Gujarat [India] have been put on alert as Cyclone Vayu continues to intensify and may cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu early morning on Thursday.”
“New Delhi: The nation witnessed the hottest day of all times with the mercury rising as high as 48°C in Palam on Monday.
““The earlier high was 47.8°C as recorded on June 9, 2014,” said Mahesh Palawat of Skymet.”
“Sugar production in Maharashtra, the country’s second-biggest producer, is likely to fall by 39.2 per cent year on year in 2019/20 to 6.5 million tonnes because of a drought-hit cane crop, a senior government official said on Monday.”
““Our situation is dire [in Namibia].
“”We are facing one of the worst droughts in recent memory and the critical state of the local economy as well as a dilapidated sheep export scheme have thrown Namibian small stock farmers into the eye of a perfect storm. There is no light at the end of this tunnel.””
“”A swarm of locusts described as a “biblical” invasion has been devastating farmers’ crops and livestock in Sardinia. “Italy’s farming association Coldiretti says millions of locusts are causing “considerable damage” to parts of the island, which runs a risk of “seriously compromising part of the harvest”.
“…Coldiretti maintains that sudden high temperatures following from a cool month of May are to blame.”
“Several people, including a 7-year-old child, were injured in a hailstorm that hit southern Germany on Monday, police in Bavaria said. Houses were flooded due to heavy rain and damaged by hail, which meteorologists described as being 5 centimeter (nearly 2 inches) in size.
“Some witnesses, however, reported hail the size of tennis balls (over 6.5 centimeters) pounding cars on a federal highway in Bavaria, smashing car windows and side mirrors.”
“UK commuters faced a morning of disruption on Tuesday as torrential rain continues to lash the country. Weather warnings remain in place for much of the day, with forecasters predicting parts of the UK could be inundated with more than 100mm of rain this week.
“On Monday evening, heavy flooding in Kent closed all lines through Orpington railway station for several hours, while police shut a section of the M25 overnight after discovering two sinkholes on the central reservation.”
“Crystal McAteer has watched ferocious wildfires chew through her home province of Alberta through the years, so she wasn’t surprised when flames arrived on her doorstep.
“Still, McAteer, the mayor of High Level, Alberta, a town of roughly 3,200 some 460 miles north of Edmonton, had never seen anything like this…”
“Flooding swamped parts of the Southeast over the weekend, with as much as a foot of rain falling in western North Carolina. At the same time, the Mississippi River continued its long-lasting assault on communities along its banks. Near St. Louis, the crest over the weekend was the second-highest on record.
“Just the latest high-water news, during what has seemed like a never-ending parade of storms.”
“A large construction crane collapsed onto an apartment building in Dallas on Sunday, killing at least one and sending another five to the hospital, officials said…
“Dallas was under a severe thunderstorm warning at the time of the crane collapse as heavy rain and hail broke out and wind gusts of 70 mph were recorded in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”
“Fertilizer runoff amid rampant flooding in the U.S. will contribute to a nearly record-large “dead zone” for marine life in the Gulf of Mexico this summer.
“The recurring hypoxin zone, caused primarily by human activities, has low levels or no oxygen, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in an emailed report on Monday. Widespread flooding this year washed crop nutrients into rivers and subsequently into the Gulf.”
“The sweltering heat in the Bay Area on Monday shattered multiple decades-old records, caused a meltdown of the BART system and left thousands of people without electricity.
“It got so hot, BART trains experienced major delays systemwide during the evening commute when the heat caused trackway equipment problems.”
“Hawaii has broken or tied 34 heat records since mid-May as warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures and light winds combine to send the mercury soaring. And unfortunately, there’s not much relief in the short-term forecast.”
“As Guadalajara [Mexico] weathered torrential rains and hail on Saturday that left fallen trees, roads under water and even a shopping mall flooded in its wake, a group of local musicians took it upon themselves to lighten the mood…
“Finding watery inspiration in the hit movie Titanic, musicians that had been hired to play at the mall struck up the 1997 film’s theme song, My Heart Will Go On, to the amusement and delight of assembled shoppers.”
“Drone surveys have revealed erosion of coastal permafrost in the Arctic — up to 3 feet a day. Researchers reported Friday that the recent rate of erosion is six times higher than the historical rate.
“Meanwhile, the Arctic just saw the hottest May on record, with temperatures in northwest Russia hitting a remarkable 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius). Global warming is driving Arctic sea ice to near-record lows, which in turn is driving ever-worsening summer heat waves in the southern United States, according to another new study.”