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Miami just experienced its hottest week on record, rounding out its warmest first half of the year ever observed. Two out of every three days this year have featured a broken record of some sort somewhere in South Florida.

“The unrelenting, punishing heat — even in a place known for its tropical climate — fits into the pattern of rising temperatures from climate warming.

“This latest burst of heat was further intensified by a plume of dry, dusty air carried into the region from the Sahara desert.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/06/29/miami-hottest-week/


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The warm start to the work week in South Florida doesn’t look like it will be going anywhere on Tuesday with temperatures in the record setting range.

“It looks like more morning records with low temperatures never getting below the mid-80s on spots.”

https://www.nbcmiami.com/weather/record-breaking-heat-could-arrive-in-south-florida-on-tuesday/2255655/


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Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez has declared a state of emergency as the territory suffers from a drought during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is limiting nearly 140,000 residents’ water service to every other day as one of several emergency measures, according to the Associated Press (AP)…”

https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/infrastructure/505082-puerto-rico-declares-state-of-emergency-cuts


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A wildfire raging in Mount Charleston, Nevada, has sent up a large plume of smoke visible from nearby Las Vegas.

“The fire started as a 10-acre (four hectares; 0.04 sq km) brush fire on Sunday afternoon.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-53219011/wildfire-raging-in-nevada-turns-las-vegas-sky-red


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Drought conditions are setting in across most of Colorado, and that has top state officials worried about wildfire, crop losses and water restrictions.

“Nearly 83% of Colorado is experiencing abnormally dry conditions and 33% is reporting extreme or severe drought, as of Tuesday.”

https://www.aspentimes.com/news/one-third-of-colorado-is-now-in-a-severe-drought/


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Some residents of a western Wisconsin village hit hard by hours of torrential rain were evacuated from their homes as floodwater lapped at their doors and motorists had to be rescued from the roofs of their partially submerged vehicles

“Rain totals included 9 inches in Glenwood City…”

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/06/29/flooding-in-western-wisconsin-makes-some-roads-impassable


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Massachusetts residents across the state were battered by severe storms Sunday that brought serious street flooding, large flashes of lightning, roaring booms of thunder, damaging winds and massive hail.

“New Englanders took to social media to share images and videos of the intense weather…”

https://www.masslive.com/weather/2020/06/holy-flash-flooding-massachusetts-residents-share-photos-of-golfball-sized-hail-lightning-strikes-and-street-flooding-from-sunday-night-storm.html


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Record-breaking rain fell during a series of storms Sunday, and the damage in Brandon, Minnedosa and Rapid City, Manitoba, prompted a state of emergency in the RM of Oakville.

“Damaged streets and overland flooding wreaked havoc Monday.”

https://globalnews.ca/video/7120285/record-rain-floods-southern-manitoba


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Officers have been out on the River Lathkill near Bakewell [UK], rescuing brown trout. All of the fish caught were moved downstream to sections with more water…

“Figures show that while February saw record breaking rainfall, in May it was only 11 per cent of the average for the month.”

https://www.miragenews.com/fish-rescued-as-peak-district-river-dries-up/


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As Europe sizzled in a summer heatwave, one town recorded northern Sweden’s hottest temperature in June since records began.

“The mercury soared to 34C in Skellefteå – on the east coast of the Norrland region, some 700 kilometres north of Stockholm and 250 kilometres from the Finnish border – on Thursday, weather statistics show.”

https://www.thelocal.se/20200629/northern-sweden-breaks-record-for-hottest-day-in-june


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Firefighters in Muhos, northern Ostrobothnia say they have managed to contain a 250-hectare forest fire that began on Monday afternoon and raged into the early hours of Tuesday morning. However they say that it continues to burn within the containment area.

“”A wide zone of hundreds of metres is still burning,” said on-duty fire chief Heikki Levón of the Oulu-Koillismaa fire and rescue department.”

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/finnish_fire_officials_battle_large_wildfire/11425127


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Following the devastating floods in the south-west of Ukraine last week, the EU continues to mobilize emergency assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

“On 29 June, an airplane of the Italian government delivered pumping equipment, personal safety material, chainsaws, power stations and tents to the affected population.”

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/eu-reporter-eu-channels-furthers-assistance-in-response-to-floods-in-ukraine.html


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Four people were killed in Assam [India] and the number of flood-affected districts in the state increased to 25 of the total 33 as rainfall continued in several parts of the state on Monday, officials said.

“Two people in Dibrugarh and one each in Barpeta and Goalpara died due to drowning on Monday taking the death toll due to floods this season to 24.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/24-killed-1-3-million-affected-as-flood-hits-25-of-33-districts-in-assam/story-JnEJp8IOX1umenaPLVNLTO.html


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“The flood-hit people are currently in need of dry food and drinking water.

The overall flood situation in Jamalpur [Bangladesh] worsened further… Due to the floods, around 250,000 people of 38 unions and five municipalities are currently stranded…”

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2020/06/30/flooding-worsens-in-jamalpur-250-000-people-stranded


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Torrential rain is set to hit China’s eastern coastal regions this week after overwhelming large parts of the southwest, inundating villages and tourist spots and displacing more than 700,000 people, state weather forecasters said on Monday.

“Nearly 14 million people in 26 different provinces had been affected by storms and floods by Friday…”

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/06/29/more-chinese-regions-brace-for-floods-as-storms-shift-east.html


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The beaver may be an unlikely agent of climate change, but the cuddly-looking creatures are transforming the Arctic landscape in a way that could be exacerbating global warming, a new study has suggested.

“With their sharp teeth, beavers fell trees and shrubs and build dams, which flood small valleys and form new lakes that can cover several hectares of land.

“These new water bodies contribute to the thawing of the frozen permafrost soil…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/29/americas/beavers-arctic-scn-climate-change-trnd/index.html


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The South Pole has been warming at more than three times the global average over the past 30 years, a new study has found.

“That could have huge implications for the melting of Antarctic ice sheets, marine life in the region and the rising of global sea levels.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/29/weather/south-pole-record-warming-antarctica-intl-hnk/index.html


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