“… on Sunday afternoon [Cuba recorded] the highest temperature in its history…
“The Institute of Meteorology of Cuba (IMC) reported that at 2:30 pm on Sunday a measure of 102.38 degrees Fahrenheit was taken that broke the mark of 101.84, dating from 1999.”
“Southeast Brazil’s Minas Gerais state is suffering from a prolonged drought, with 127 municipalities facing an emergency…
“In recent years, droughts have become more frequent and severe in the country, obligating major cities to adopt water rationing.”
“Several locations around the country [New Zealand] have experienced the driest first half of the year on record, and Watercare is calling on Aucklanders to use water wisely.
“Watercare said the Hūnua and Waitākere ranges, where its storage dams are located, had about 40 percent less rainfall than normal between January and June.”
“Australia’s hottest start to any year extended to a sixth month for day-time temperatures even as conditions moderated in June, while rainfall continued to be very much below average for large parts of the country.
“Average maximum temperatures for the first half of 2019 were 1.78 degrees above the 1961-90 baseline used by the Bureau of Meteorology.”
“The water dropped to critical levels last week at the Angat Dam reservoir in Bulacan, north of Manila [Philippines], Agence France-Presse reported yesterday, as the drought left residents with water shortages for up to 17 hours a day.
“Fisherman now pick up their catch from the shallow, muddy slosh of the depleted reservoir which feeds Manila… The dam provides 97 per cent of the city’s water.”
“Two people were hurt, several houses were destroyed and more than 7,000 households were left without power in two villages in southern Taiwan after a tornado ripped through the area… Big tornadoes are extremely rare in Taiwan, and people in the area had never seen a tornado as strong and powerful as this one.”
“Parts of the Kyushu region have been inundated with more than 700mm [27.5 inches] of rain since the torrential downpours began, with the weather agency warning that thunderstorms and intense torrential rain could lead to an increasing risk of mudslides.
“Warnings have also been issued for people to be vigilant for possible lightening strikes as well as tornadoes.”
“A state of emergency has been declared in Siberia’s Irkutsk region, where river levels have risen to flood and destroy dozens of villages.
“A regional emergency has been declared, with at least 14 lives lost and 13 people missing since the rains began last week. Some 33,000 residents in 83 villages have been affected. and 40 villages were still under water on Tuesday.”
“The Maharashtra government declared a precautionary public holiday on Tuesday in Mumbai [India].
“At average 375mm [14.7 inches], Monday’s was the maximum July rain that Mumbai has seen over a 24-hour period breaking records since 1974.”
“June 2019 in Kyiv became the warmest in 139 years of modern record-keeping, according to the Central Geophysical Observatory named after Borys Sreznevskyi.
“”The average monthly air temperature in June in Kyiv was +23.6 °C, which is 5.4 °C higher the climate normal.”
“The Czech Republic registered its hottest June since monthly averages have been compiled, with a peak of 38.9 degrees Celsius recorded on June 26, the weather service said Monday.
“The thermometer hit that level, the equivalent of 102 degrees Fahrenheit, in the northern town of Doksany, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute said on its website.”
“Poland saw a record number of forest fires in June, the state firefighter service announced on Monday, as the country went through a major heatwave during the last week of the month. According to the state firefighter service, in June alone, over 1,500 forest fires had to be extinguished across Poland…”
“After suffering through the wettest 12 months since at least 1895, U.S. farmers have plans to adapt next year to what some forecasters say may be an increasingly soggy new normal for the nation’s midsection.
“The plans include bigger and faster tractors to speed up planting, quick-growing seeds and more extensive use of cover crops and drainage tiles to keep flooding fields intact.”
“Three of the five Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair are poised to set records for high water levels, a ranking U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expert confirmed Monday, continuing a rising trend weighing on business and property owners from Sault Ste. Marie through the east side of Metro Detroit to western New York.”
“Along [Alaska’s] northern coast, melting sea ice is the main worry because of extremely warm ocean temperatures. Though not tied into this specific heat wave in southern Alaska, unusual springtime heat along the north coast melted sea ice along northern Alaska. The ice disappeared far earlier than normal this spring, alarming coastal residents who rely on wildlife and fish.
“The early melting has been “crazy,” said Janet Mitchell of Kivalina.”
“…because of the erosive power of ice, there is a lot of sand in Greenland.
“And with climate change accelerating the melting of Greenland’s mile-thick ice sheet — a recent study found that melting has increased sixfold since the 1980s — there is going to be a lot more.”
“Nowhere on the planet is heating faster [than Svalbard]. This was the message of a report commissioned by the Norwegian Environment Agency, unveiled in February to a stunned audience in Longyearbyen, the archipelago’s de facto capital. People knew things were bad, but it was only when they heard the forecast that they realised how bad.
“A local reporter described how people at the meeting fell silent when they heard the statistics, which sounded like the “gloomy horror scenario of a bad thriller”.
“The amount of ice floating in the sea across Antarctica has fallen to a record low just three years after hitting an all-time high. Floating ice levels near the continent increased steadily from 1979 to 2014, when it hit 4.9m square miles, the highest amount on record.
“But by 2017 the amount of ice was at 4.1m square miles, its lowest ever mark, according to a Nasa study of satellite data. The amount of sea ice lost in those three years would cover an area bigger than the size of Mexico.”
“The fossil-fuel burning power plants, factories, vehicles, and buildings we’ve already built will, if operated normally over their full lifetimes, almost certainly warm the Earth more than the Paris Agreement climate target of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), a new study concludes.”
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