“Lithuanian temperatures have hit record June highs, meteorologists said Thursday, as a heatwave forced school closures and threatened to reduce harvests in the draught-hit Baltic region.
“Kaisiadorys in central Lithuania was the hottest place at 35.7 degrees Celsius (96.2 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday, the highest-ever temperature recorded for June in the country, weather forecaster Paulius Starkus told AFP.”
“”According to the observations of the weather stations… on June 11 in Kyiv the warmest night since 1881 was recorded.
“The stem of the thermometer was not lower than +20,2°С, which is by 0,3°С more than the highest indicators in 1999…
“On the next day, on Wednesday, the temperature at night was not lower than +21,3°С, which means that the previous record indicator was +20,2°С in 1957 was higher by 1,1°С,” the message reads.””
“May was a black month for Israel – the colour of a charred landscape. More than 1000 wildfires started across the country, spreading out of control in unseasonable heat that many attributed to climate change.
“Israel suffered a three-day extreme heat wave that broke record temperatures for the month of May and reached 45 degrees Celsius.”
“New Delhi is currently experiencing high temperatures as a heatwave continues across the country.”
“At least 61 people have been killed and 356,000 evacuated from their homes as heavy rain and floods swept through large parts of southern and central China this week, Chinese rescue authorities said…
“The emergency ministry has warned that northern regions face even lower precipitation levels this year, while heavy rains are expected to raise flood risks on the Yellow River’s upstream.”
“This is the horrific moment a landslide of mud and water pushes dozens of cars and trucks out of the way in southern China…
“China’s disaster reduction committee said more than 7,000 houses have collapsed and more than 300,000 people have been evacuated as flood waters reached as high as two metres (6.5 feet) in some areas.”
“These dry conditions combined with high temperatures, including the hottest Australian summer on record during late 2018 to early 2019, has had an alarming impact on water resources.
“Specifically, the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB), which spans across a vast area of southeast Australia and is one the most significant agricultural regions in the country, is being impacted.”
“…the researchers believe the Totten Glacier region of Antarctica has lost 1.4 billion tonnes of water – enough to fill 570,000 Olympic swimming pools – which was stored as ice.
“”This is very concerning, since a destabilisation of the ice sheet in that region could affect the global sea level by many metres,” Dr Tregoning said.”
“The past couple of months have brought record high temperatures across parts of the state… Between Honolulu and Kahului, six records have been set over the past seven days, with temperatures exceeding 90 degrees. ..
“”I do believe we’re involved in climate change. Whether you call it global warming or whatever, the climate is changing,” said Kahala resident John Howell.”
“Local authorities in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora, are taking emergency measures in the face of some of the worst heat the city has ever experienced…
“On both Monday and Tuesday, the 48-degree temperature also won Hermosillo the distinction of being the hottest city on the planet, beating out desert cities in the Middle East.”
“Another day of brutal heat was forecast Thursday for the Phoenix area and the entire Desert Southwest, a day after the city tied a record high of 112 degrees…
“The extreme heat has already ended across most of California and Oregon, after several days of record to near-record highs in cities such as San Francisco and Portland. San Francisco hit 100 degrees on Monday for only the 7th time ever recorded, AccuWeather said.”
“US Forest Service and Interior Department officials warned senators Thursday that the upcoming wildfire season [in California] would be worse than last year’s…
“”It’s hard to imagine a repeat of this experience, but this is the potential reality that we face again this year,” said Jeff Rupert, director of the Office of Wildland Fire for the Interior Department, during his opening remarks at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.”
“U.S. farmers are millions of acres behind their usual pace of corn planting this spring because of flooding, which may lead to a supply shortage that lifts prices by year end to their highest in five years.”
“For the second day in a row, the rising mercury sent temperature records tumbling across southern B.C. Environment Canada says no fewer than a dozen and a half new records were set on Wednesday, one of them 101 years old.”
“A city in western Alaska has lost a huge stretch of riverbank to erosion that may turn it into an island, amid renewed warnings from scientists over the havoc triggered by the accelerating melting of the state’s ice and permafrost.
“Residents of the small city of Akiak were alarmed to find the Kuskokwim River suddenly much closer to housing after approximately 75ft to 100ft of riverbank disappeared over the course of just a few hours.”
“A major warm spell has caused nearly half the surface of the Greenland ice sheet to start melting, something that’s highly unusual for this time of year… the gears could already be in motion for record-setting melt on the ice sheet’s western flank.
“Greenland has been scorching (by Greenland standards) for the past few days, with temperatures rising 10-20 degrees Celsius (18-36 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal across the island.”
“The Arctic summer has a long way to go, but already sea ice levels over great swathes of the sprawling Arctic ocean are at historic lows (in the 40-year-long satellite record) for this time of year.
“The most striking declines are in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, located above Alaska…
“”Every year we smash a record that we’re shocked at,” said Jeremy Mathis, a longtime Arctic researcher and a current board director at the National Academies of Sciences.”
“The fires are now raging some 10 to 15 kilometres from the megaslump crater – a large hole in the frozen Arctic soil which highlights the dramatic speed of thawing permafrost.
“The Batagaika or Batagai “megaslump” is a tadpole-shaped depression around one kilometre long, 800 metres wide and 100 metres deep. It is growing by some 15 to 30 metres a year – but if it is hit by the nearby inferno this would destroy trees on its rim and loosen the soil even more, resulting in further collapses.”
“Large parts of the UK are in drought. That seems ludicrous after a week of relentless rain, floods and travel chaos on roads and rail, with even more rain to come. However, it has gone largely unnoticed how dry much of Britain has been up to now.
“For large parts of the south and east there has been little rain for much of the past 12 months and the spring was especially dry. That has left groundwater and aquifer levels across much of the country much lower than normal.”
“Flash flooding caused a powerful waterfall to surge over a cliff just metres away from houses in Italy.
“Extremely heavy rainfall has ravaged the countryside around Brescia, near Verona, northern Italy, and created the new natural wonder on June 11. Photographer Dario Bonzi, 28, filmed the frightening waterfall roaring 100 metres down the hillside next to a house in the village of Piancogno.”