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No link as there is no English language (or indeed other) news-source I can find for this [h/t extremetemps on Twitter]:

Russia and Turkey have had their warmest January day’s on record. Parts of Turkey experienced temperatures of 30c (that’s 86F) at *night*, hotter than most summer nights.

I’ll update on this story when I can.


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Major cities across Turkey face running out of water in the next few months, with warnings Istanbul has less than 45 days of water left.

“Poor rainfall has led to the country’s most severe drought in a decade and left the megacity of 17 million people with critically low levels of water, according to Turkey’s chamber of chemical engineers.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/13/turkey-drought-istanbul-run-out-water-45-days


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Weather whiplash for Turkey: “Hit by heavy rainfall, several houses and workplaces have been flooded in the districts of Buca, Karabağlar and Konak in Turkey’s Aegean province of İzmir.”

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOe5dLX5uxI&t=334s


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Heavy rains and snowfalls across the Balkans of Europe over the past several days have swamped roads, damaged buildings, and disrupted land and sea traffic on Wednesday

“Tons of garbage clogged a lake in southwestern Serbia after being swept off landfills by overflowing rivers.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/video/viral/heavy-rains-and-snowfalls-floods-the-road-of-balkans/vi-BB1cJ4Xd


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After the devastating “Medicane” Ianos brought about deadly floods to Greece in September of2020, Karditsa has once again faced severe flooding on Tuesday.

“The mountainous areas of the region, located in central Greece, reported heavy rainfall on Tuesday… is only just recovering from the recent natural disaster.”

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2021/01/12/floods-affect-northern-central-greece/


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December 2020 was the warmest in the Greek capital since 1860 in terms of average minimum temperatures during the night (11.7 degrees Celsius), according to meteorologists at the Athens Observatory.

“It was also the second warmest in terms of average temperature (13.8C), behind December 1960 (14.1C).”

https://www.ekathimerini.com/261112/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/mildest-night-temperatures-in-160-years-recorded-in-december


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Malta experienced an unusually warm weekend, with Saturday the warmest January day since records began.

“The highest temperature of 25.8C [78.4] – more than 10.2C above the monthly average – was recorded on January 9, the Met Office has said.”

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/malta-records-warmest-ever-january-day.844658


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After being blasted by blizzard, Spain reels from record low temperatures.

“Thermometers fall to as low as -25ºC in Guadalajara and hospitals fill up with admissions for falls as deep snow from Storm Filomena turns into ice.”

https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2021-01-12/after-being-blasted-by-storm-filomena-spain-reels-from-record-cold-temperatures.html


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About 79 per cent of Nigerian farmers were estimated to have been affected by the ravaging effects of drought and flooding in 2020, a survey conducted in seven states of the country has shown…

“The survey, titled: “Nigerians just want to eat” and published this month, chronicled the major challenges bedevilling Nigerian farmers and food transporters which are capable of impeding national food security.”

https://allafrica.com/stories/202101130050.html


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At least one person has been killed, 39 made homeless, 117 houses damaged and 315 other houses submerged in water by flash floods due to heavy rains in Tanzania’s southern region of Mtwara, officials said on Wednesday.

“The number of people made homeless could be more because some of them sought refuge from relatives and neighbors…”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-01/14/c_139665363.htm


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In southern Madagascar, “famine-like conditions” have doubled the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance compared with last year, to more than 1.3 million.

“Successive droughts and a lack of jobs linked to COVID-19 restrictions are to blame, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.”

https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/01/1081892


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People who fled devastating floods in South Sudan’s Jonglei state to Mangalla in Central Equatoria state said they are now facing a new challenge — a severe lack of food and water.

“Waterborne diseases are also creating a nightmare among the group of about 96,000 people, Atem Akuoch, one of its leaders, told Anadolu Agency.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/south-sudans-flood-victims-hit-by-food-water-shortage/2109460


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“You’re not imagining things, it’s seriously cold this year…

“…if you’ve been feeling the need to pull on extra layers these past few weeks, you’re not alone.

The United Arab Emirates is currently experiencing it’s coldest January ever, according to the National Centre of Meteorology.”

https://whatson.ae/2021/01/weather-coldest-january-in-the-uae-ever/


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Heavy rain that lashed central districts of Tamil Nadu [India] over the past few days got more intense on Wednesday, leaving several urban areas inundated destroying thousands of acres of paddy crops in the delta region…

“About 2.06 lakh acres of paddy was already damaged in cyclones Nivar and Burevi.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/thamirabarani-river-floods-as-rain-lashes-central-tamil-nadu/articleshow/80263040.cms


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The prices of vegetables and fish are going up across the board at wet markets in Singapore, with some vegetables costing about twice as much as they were just weeks ago.

“The Straits Times visited five wet markets on Tuesday (Jan 12) and vendors said poor weather conditions in Malaysia has caused a shortage in supplies as farms are flooded, resulting in poor crop output.”

https://www.asiaone.com/singapore/floods-malaysia-drive-prices-fish-and-vegetables-singapores-wet-markets


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Record cold for Hong Kong:

“Temperature plunged below the freezing point in some parts of the New Territories this morning, with farmers reporting large scale damages to their crops.”

https://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news/section/4/163340/HK-registered-record-breaking-cold-this-morning


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Floods submerged 463 homes and affected 485 families comprising 1,554 people in South Solok District, West Sumatra Province [Indonesia], according to the local disaster mitigation office (BPBD)…

“The floods were triggered by incessant heavy rains that had lashed since Monday.”

https://en.antaranews.com/news/165596/floods-inundate-463-homes-in-south-solok-west-sumatra


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Heavy and continuous rain triggered flash floods that forced the evacuation of residents in Camiguin and Eastern Visayas provinces [Philippines], local and disaster response officials said on Wednesday.

“A low pressure area on Tuesday brought rain in Mindanao, flooding parts of Mambajao town in Camiguin and causing a series of landslides…”

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1383454/nonstop-rain-triggers-floods-slides-in-visayas-mindanao


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This time last month the Far North Coast [Australia] was being lashed by wild weather – now it’s been revealed several areas recorded their wettest December in more than a century.

“Casino, Lismore, Murwillumbah, Nimbin and Tweed Heads all smashed their previous rainfall totals.”

https://www.nbnnews.com.au/2021/01/14/wettest-december-in-more-than-100-years-for-several-north-coast-towns/


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From extreme heat to flooding, wild weather events sweep Australia:

“Scorching temperatures are expected across the nation, while flood alerts and thunderstorm warnings are also in place.”

https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/from-heatwaves-to-flooding-extreme-weather-events-sweep-australia/news-story/a0b87a59c8682b81c3f25d3a21daa559


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Even as record snowfall has clobbered Japan’s western coast, much of the country’s eastern half has avoided major snow accumulation this winter.

“Notably, Mount Fuji’s iconic snow cap—which is normally visible throughout December—has been small or absent this year.”

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147780/mount-fujis-missing-snow


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An intense rain that occurred in a fleeting way caused a significant torrent that washed away several motorcycles and flooded shops in Ciudad del Este, capital of Alto Paraná, Paraguay.”

Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ2fNwTl73U


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A powerful wind storm rolled through the Pacific Northwest, killing one person and leaving a trail of damage

“As of early Wednesday, Seattle had received 20% of its normal annual rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/northwest-storm-kills-1-causes-landslide-and-power-outages-woman-landslide-oregon-power-outages-bridge-b1786976.html


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“Powerful winds whipped across the state Wednesday toppling trees, power poles and knocking out electricity to thousands of Montanans.

According to a still unofficial report from the local National Weather Service office, an incredible 125 mile-per-hour wind gust was measured at the top of Mount Sentinel, Montana.”

https://www.mtpr.org/post/record-breaking-winds-knock-out-power-thousands-montana


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Official confirmation that part of Lancashire [UK] saw record rainfall in the past 12 months has come from veteran weather watcher Muriel Lord.

“For Muriel, who lives in the hills in Ribble Valley, it was the wettest year since her family began recording the rainfall on their farm more than 50 years ago. The sobering statistics are giving her real cause for concern…”

https://www.lep.co.uk/country-and-farming/warning-over-cost-record-rainfall-lancashire-3092692


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Clothes washing linked to ‘pervasive’ plastic pollution in the Arctic:

“The Arctic is “pervasively” polluted by microplastic fibres that most likely come from the washing of synthetic clothes by people in Europe and North America, research has found.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/12/clothes-washing-linked-to-pervasive-plastic-pollution-in-the-arctic


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As the Arctic melts, a regime shift is taking place:

“The Arctic is changing faster than any environment on Earth. The old order is being swept away, leaving scientists to ask: What’s coming in its place?”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-13/regime-shift-is-taking-place-as-arctic-sea-ice-melts/12956328?nw=0


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The world’s oceans reached their hottest level in recorded history in 2020, supercharging the extreme weather impacts of the climate emergency, scientists have reported.

“More than 90% of the heat trapped by carbon emissions is absorbed by the oceans, making their warmth an undeniable signal of the accelerating crisis.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/13/climate-crisis-record-ocean-heat-in-2020-supercharged-extreme-weather


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The planet is facing a “ghastly future of mass extinction, declining health and climate-disruption upheavals” that threaten human survival because of ignorance and inaction, according to an international group of scientists, who warn people still haven’t grasped the urgency of the biodiversity and climate crises.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/13/top-scientists-warn-of-ghastly-future-of-mass-extinction-and-climate-disruption-aoe?


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