“National June temperature records have fallen in France, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic while the scorching heat may not peak until Friday and Saturday. …
“The city of La Rochelle in southwestern France hit 104.9 (40.5 Celsius), topping 40 Celsius for the first time in its history.”
“Four départements in southern France were placed on emergency red alert on Friday, the first time the measure has covered such a large area.
“Temperatures could exceed 45C in inland parts of Vaucluse, Gard, Hérault and Bouches-du-Rhône, breaking the mainland France record of 44.1C set in the southern region of Montpellier and Nîmes in August 2003.”
“Bern and Sion had their hottest June days on record on Thursday as the heatwave continued its reign across Switzerland. Sion reached 36.6 degrees, surpassing its previous June record of 36.2 degrees in 2014, according to MeteoNews, while Bern reached 34.3 degrees, 0.1 degree hotter than the day before, which was also a record.”
“Authorities said the fire [Spain] likely began when an “improperly managed” pile of manure self-combusted in the heat, causing sparks.
“Spontaneous ignitions can occur when flammable materials, such as piles of hay, compost or manure heat up to a temperature high enough to cause combustion, according to the US National Park Service.”
“Firefighters are battling Thursday to contain a wildfire which broke out near an arms factory near the town of Lavrio, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Athens [Greece].
“The fire service says the blaze is not directly threatening the arms plant, but it has evacuated a small refugee camp in the area as a precaution.”
“Kuwait City: The power consumption index hit a new record high at 14,280 megawatts; breaking the previous record by 20 megawatts…
“Sources attributed this consumption index record to rising temperatures which reached 49 degrees Celsius; so they expect the power consumption index to record 14,400 megawatts in the next few days.”
“…weather has significant influence on how fast a fire spreads. “In worst case scenarios, like under high wind and dry and hot conditions, the fire can spread faster than the speed of a running person (approximately 6.7 mph),” he told The Media Line.
“Additionally, record rainfall this winter led to increased vegetation growth, and therefore there is greater biomass available to burn, literally adding fuel to the fire, said COEBS’s Weir.”
“As the ice melts, it forms large glacial lakes, which can threaten local communities such as Hassanabad village with glacier lake outburst floods.
“In the short-term, experts predict more of this flooding, but less ice in the glaciers could ultimately lead to drought in the long term. In Pakistan, it is estimated that there are over 3,000 lakes as a result of melting glaciers in Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of which 36 are considered hazardous.”
“India is facing the worst water crisis in its history. A government report estimates that 21 cities will run out of groundwater by 2020. Chennai, the southern metropolis with a population of 10 million, is the first of them.
“Despite recent rains, the north-west monsoon has failed to fill the four main reservoirs – which are currently an expanse of cracked soil languishing under the sun…”
“Torrential rain and flash floods have wreaked havoc across southwestern China, with the severe weather blocking roads, destroying homes and forcing locals to evacuate…
“Shocking footage shows several parked vehicles being swept away like toys by raging floodwaters during a mudslide as helpless residents watched on.”
“More than 2,300 houses were flooded due to heavy rains in Russia’s southeastern Siberian region of Irkutsk
“…the regional government said in a statement on Friday…
“A total of 16 stretches of car roads and 13 bridges were flooded, two of them on the R-255 ‘Siberia’ federal highway.”
“…why are gray whales dying? Deaths along Mexico to Alaska total nearly 170 now. Five whales were reported in Alaska in just over a week, with three in Southeast, one in Bristol bay, and one near Kodiak.
“That brings the tally to at least a dozen this year in Alaska alone.”
“The South Island is on track to set a single-day record for rainfall Thursday in the midst of a historically dry June. The Victoria area saw 19.6 millimetres of rain before noon Thursday, with more expected to follow, according to Environment Canada.”
“Severe weather has continuously impacted Alberta for a number of days and particularly tough conditions have targetted southwestern regions through Thursday.
“The storm that is tracking throughout the province has brought flash flooding, blinding hail that brought traffic to pause along the Trans Canada Highway, funnel clouds, and the risk of tornadoes.
“See below for the damaging impacts of the latest summer storm.”
“Flooding along the lower Missouri River will likely worsen in the days ahead because the amount of water being released into the river is increasing because of the recent rain. The National Weather Service says nearly 3 inches of rain already fell on the Omaha area over the past two days, and the forecast calls for more than an inch of rain Tuesday night and Wednesday in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.”
“An Arkansas hailstorm on June 19 produced giant hailstones larger than grapefruits, which were found to be just short of a state record.
“Severe thunderstorms pelted parts of Polk County, Arkansas, about 120 miles west-southwest of Little Rock near the Oklahoma border, last Wednesday evening.”
“Marine life along the Gulf of Mexico is not doing well. Vast numbers of oysters, blue crabs, shrimp, and fin fish off coastal Louisiana, Mississippi and bays of Alabama have been killed outright or driven from marshes.
“In Louisiana and Mississippi, the death blow was an unprecedented outflow of fresh water juiced, among other sources, by the opening of the Louisiana Bonnet Carre Spillway…”
“Miami set at least three daily record highs in a row. Keep in mind some of these spots, like Tampa, have never hit 100 degrees, so this heat is truly exceptional…
“Unlike the Plains and Southwest, where temperatures can top the century mark several times each summer, Florida has a much more difficult time getting there due to the additional humidity and the daily thunderstorms that roll across the state…”
“Seabirds nesting on the remote Farne Islands [UK] have been hit by heavy rain which killed many of their young, the National Trust has said.
“Arctic terns, puffins, guillemots and shags all suffered losses as chicks including pufflings – baby puffins – were battered by nearly five inches of rain in 24 hours on June 13 on the islands off the Northumberland coast.”
“The UK’s Met Office recently released “HadSST4”, the largest update since 2011 to its widely used sea surface temperature (SST) record. The new version provides more accurate estimates of SSTs in the period during and after the second world war, as well as over the past decade.
“It suggests that the world’s oceans have warmed by around 0.1C more than previously thought since pre-industrial times.”