All-time heat record for Kingston, Jamaica:
“Jamaica is in the middle of a sizzling hot spell during which temperatures have soared to record levels. In fact, the days have become so stiflingly muggy that a healthy individual would flirt with heat stroke if they don’t remain properly hydrated.
“And on Saturday, the mercury in the capital hit a sizzling 39.1 degrees Celsius – the highest temperature ever recorded in Kingston.”
“The past week has been unusually warm in South Florida, and it has been mainly rain-free across the region, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Paul Walker.
“The conditions likely aided in the rapid spread of the fire, he added. For some Florida cities, the heat is going down in the record books for the month as well.”
“Ancient bald cypress trees, some as old as 2,624 years, recently discovered in Black River, North Carolina, provide one of the longest and most accurate records of local climate in North America… , the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts rising sea levels that could kill the Black River’s bald cypress…
“More immediately, many of these ancient trees, some of which were more than 100 years old when Julius Caesar was born, remain unprotected and subject to logging.”
“U.S. cotton acres could be the latest victim of the wild weather that’s already hampered corn plantings.
“Key American areas for cotton have seen different extremes of the weather spectrum. In the Midwest, relentless rain flooded fields. Meanwhile, parts of the Southeast have been gripped by extreme heat and drought. Both scenarios are terrible for farmers…”
“Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths.”
“With the July 4 holiday around the corner, Lake Ontario remains at near-record levels — and so does the concern of tourism-related businesses along the lake shore.
“In Sackets Harbor, Mayor Molly Reilly said some merchants report that sales are half of what they were at this time last summer.”
“Heavy rains in Reynosa, Tamaulipas [Mexico], provoked flooding and power outages last night, and shut down two international border crossings…
“Additionally, Mexican and United States authorities decided to close the Anzaldúas and Hidalgo international bridges — both busy international points of entry between the two countries — due to flooding.”
“Brazil, and particularly the Amazonian state of Roraima, have seen large numbers of forest fires so far this year… The uptick in fires is being blamed on a number of factors, including worsening Amazon drought brought by climate change, land theft and illegal deforestation…
“Another contributing factor: federal deforestation and firefighting policies. Since March, the Bolsonaro government has cut $7.3 million slated for fire prevention and environmental inspections…”
“South Australia has seen temperatures plummet well below zero, severely damaging soft crops. The Bureau of Meteorology said Monday’s low of -5.7C at Renmark, in the state’s Riverland, was the equal-second lowest temperature on record for the town.
“Meteorologist Matthew Bass said it was the region’s sixth consecutive day below zero.
“”Those sort of temperatures are not what we see very frequently in South Australia … It’s a very significant, severe low temperature.””
“Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, saw a temperature of 30.8 degrees Celsius on Monday, a record high since the city’s meteorological data was first collected in 1981.
“The reading was 0.4 degrees Celsius higher than the previous record, according to the regional meteorological bureau.”
“Orange farmers in Maharashtra [India] are caught in the grip of drought with their orchards withering amid an intense heat wave. Nearly 40-60% of the orange orchards in the Vidarbha region have gone completely dry.
“Shridhar Thakre, executive director, MahaOrange, a body meant for export facilitation of oranges formed by the State Agriculture Marketing Board, said that the condition of the orchards is so bad that it will take another 5 years to revive them…”
Well, that’s comforting:
“Abdulaziz Al-Qarawi, the weather forecaster at Directorate General of Civil Aviation says summer season has officially begun in Kuwait to start the summer solstice astronomically, reports Aljarida daily. He said, “In the next few days, we will notice a rise in temperature that may reach 52 degrees Celsius at the highest limit…””
“Climate change is threatening ancient Greek monuments, among them the Acropolis, one of the most-visited archaeological sites in the world, scientists said. Air pollution and acid rain are eroding marbles, while extreme weather phenomena such as droughts or torrential rains have led ancient walls and temples to develop structural problems.”
“The current June is set to be the hottest in recorded history in Austria, with regional heat records also expected to be eclipsed in some parts of the country this week, according to a leading weather authority.
“The Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) said Tuesday the current June will be 4.5 degrees Celsius warmer than average…”
“…a number of June Alpine weather records fell on Tuesday. On the Säntis in eastern Switzerland, the maximum was 1C above the previous record for this month, hitting 19.4C. And the 23.2C seen on the Pilatus mountain in central Switzerland was 1.6C above the previous June record.
“The Swiss village of La Brévine, known as the Siberia of Switzerland because of its cold temperatures, also saw a new June record of 31.2C…”
“A blistering heatwave prompted Germany to impose speed restrictions on usually limit-free stretches of its high-speed motorways Wednesday, the latest sign of extreme weather events ruffling Europe’s largest economy.
“State authorities are reducing speeds to as low as 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) on some stretches because of fears that the unusually high temperatures could create potentially deadly cracks on Autobahn surfaces…”
“Alarmed French beekeepers and farming groups warned Tuesday of a “catastrophic” honey harvest this year due to adverse weather.
““For honey producers the season risks being catastrophic. Bees are collecting nothing!” French farming union MODEF said in a statement.”
“Meteorologists say the temperatures, a result of a warm air mass traveling north from Africa, could climb well above the typical June average to 40 degrees Celsius, or more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, in large stretches of the continent.
“Heat waves like these are becoming more frequent and prolonged, with hotter temperatures appearing earlier in the season, weather experts say.”
“The dust doesn’t always make it all the way across the ocean, but the current plume — seen in the image above — was a large one. It departed Africa in mid-June and has been making its way into the U.S. eastern and Gulf coasts this week…
“This dust layer also gives us a clue as to why the tropics are quiet when it comes to hurricane activity. It’s only the dust, but the dry air and wind that go with it, that makes it hard for tropical cyclones to get going in the Atlantic.”