“Continental Europe is facing the prospect of a record-breaking heatwave next week as a colossal bubble of sweltering air drifts north from Algeria, bringing temperatures expected to reach 44C.
“The “Saharan Outbreak” is predicted to drive a wave of thunderstorms over Italy and Spain this weekend before a broad area of high pressure arrives on Monday with some of the hottest June weather since observations began.”
“Britain could see its hottest June day on record next week as a ‘Spanish plume’ hits the country, bringing 34C temperatures.
“Parts of Britain looks set to bake in the heat, although it may be ruined by thunderstorms, which are expected this weekend and next week.”
“On Wednesday afternoon, heavy thunderstorms hit parts of Hungary approximately totaling a month’s worth of rain.
“The sudden and excessive rainfall caused flash floods and disruptions in traffic in several places around the country.
“For example, in Szolnok, an underpass was filled with so much water that cars became submerged. In other cities and villages, streets and houses were flooded.”
“A group of academics and physicians agreed that the record rising temperatures in Kuwait had a negative effect on productivity with the only way out seemingly was to take a leave of absence…
“While heat strokes mainly occur outside, workers within office environments are not safe considering the record heat wave experienced in Kuwait, commented Dr Al-Shatti…”
“The toll of heatwave climbed to 108 in Bihar [India] on Thursday. Most heatwave deaths have been reported from Aurangabad, Gaya and Nawada. Munger, Rohtas, Begusarai, Nalanda and Vaishali districts have also registered deaths by heat stroke this season.
“The Bihar government has announced that all schools, colleges, and coaching centres will remain closed till June 22. Similarly, all the shops in the affected districts will remain closed between 11 am and 5 pm.”
“A Tamil Nadu faces its worst-ever drought, several dead fish were seen lying on the peripheries of the dried up Selva Chinthamani Lake in Coimbatore.
“The Selva Chinthamani Lake has dried up due to the prolonged heatwave in the state and lack of rainfall, reported ANI.”
“India faces the worst long-term water crisis in its history as demand outstrips supply, with millions of lives and livelihoods at risk, the government think-tank Niti Aayog warned last year.
“Chennai was one of 21 cities the think-tank said could run out of ground water by 2020 and this week, taps ran dry as water levels in its four major reservoirs fell to one-hundredth of what they were this time last year.”
“A torrential downpour has pummeled Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, leaving many roads waterlogged and flooding dozens of reservoirs, local authorities said Friday.
“The rain that started on Thursday turned into a storm on Friday morning, causing overflowing at 46 small reservoirs in Wuhan…”
“A record-breaking downpour hit an area around the Chiba Prefecture city of Narita on the afternoon of June 21, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
“Some 110 millimeters had fallen on the area in a short time as of around 3 p.m.”
“While Palau and Yap will continue to be at risk for gusty showers and thunderstorms into this weekend, concern is rising for more significant impacts next week as development into a tropical storm or typhoon will be possible. Locations from the northern Philippines to Taiwan, South Korea and Japan may be at risk for impacts from the brewing tropical cyclone next week.”
“A Hawaii heat wave has continued to set record high temperatures through June…
“Officials say that since May 16, Maui has seen 18 record-setting or record-tying high temperature days, including 96 degrees Fahrenheit (36 Celsius) on May 26 at the Kahului Airport. Officials say 27 records were either set or matched in May in Honolulu, Kahului, Hilo, and Lihue.”
“Record rainfall over the past week in Argentina has slowed the rate of planting in northern and central regions of the country with some completed fields at risk of being hit by waterlogging, the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange said in their weekly report.”
“Officials have ordered residents of about 250 homes to evacuate east of Phoenix because of an aggressive wildfire.
“The so-called Woodbury Fire has claimed nearly 79 square miles of land in the Tonto National Forest and was 41 percent contained as of Thursday afternoon.”
“Severe thunderstorms roared from Georgia through New Jersey on Thursday afternoon, leaving behind widespread power outages and disruptive flooding across the region.
“Over 3,500 flights were delayed in the eastern U.S. on Thursday, according to Flightstats, with a majority of the delays being reported at airports around New York City. Airports, such as Newark and JFK airports were subject to ground delays as rain and storms moved through the city.”
“On the North Slope of Alaska, the Iñupiat tradition of hunting bowhead whales has an ancestry over 1,500 years old…
“But as temperatures have risen in the Arctic, the ice that serves as the platform for spring whaling has changed dramatically.
“And even though whalers in Utqiaġvik say that they’re adapting to that change, some also say the ice is less stable than it used to be — and more dangerous.”
“Rick Thoman, a Fairbanks-based climatologist, told The Washington Post that the loss of sea ice over the Chukchi and Beaufort seas of Alaska’s northern coast is now “unprecedented.”
“…“The jet stream this week was one of the craziest I’ve ever seen!” Jennifer Francis, a leading researcher who has published studies connecting mid-latitude weather to the dramatic changes across the Arctic, told The Washington Post.”
“Using a drone to show the cattle [NSW, Australia] gathering around the few water points remaining, the images are stark and harrowing. As Lea told The Mercury, she had over 1,300 cows to feed and water in an incredibly remote part of the state.
““There was no supply… we often have to drive 50 to 70 kilometers one way to get water for them.” All the usual points they could rely upon such as holding tanks or ponds were gone.”