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UK weather: Northern Ireland ‘breaks temperature record’ for third time in a week.

“The all-time temperature record in Northern Ireland edges up for the third time in seven days as 31.4C (88.5F) is recorded in Armagh, while other parts of the UK also continue to swelter during the hottest period of the year so far.”

https://news.sky.com/story/uk-weather-northern-ireland-breaks-temperature-record-for-third-time-in-a-week-12361506


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Historic and exceptionally rare tropical night in Ireland on 22nd July.

The SW coastal town of Valentia had its first tropical night on record with a Tmin of 20.5C [69F] and tied the second highest in Irish history after the 20.9C at Derrygreenagh of 25 July 1989.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1418174817367379972


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Yesterday [22nd July] the island of Islay in the Hebrides recorded its highest temperature on record with 26.8°c [80.2F].

“Other figures which were not new records: 30.2°c was the Scottish hot spot in Dumfries; 28.3°c the Highland hot spot at Achlain (Glenmoriston); Glenmore came second with 28.1°c.”

https://www.facebook.com/Highlandweather/


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“…the average temperature in Akureyri, North Iceland this July was 14.4°C [57.92°F], more than one degree higher than ever recorded at this time of year.

“Data is available as far back as 1936. The average temperature is 3.6°C [38.48°F] higher than the average for 1991-2000.”

https://www.icelandreview.com/nature-travel/hottest-july-of-this-century-in-north-and-east-iceland/


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Arctic community of Old Crow in northwestern Canada sets temperature record amid 2nd summer heat wave… ‘Arctic people… aren’t used to this kind of weather,’ says Brandon Kyikavichik

“Old Crow resident Brandon Kyikavichik says it “feels quite uncomfortable” in his hometown this week as temperatures hover around 30 C [86F].”

https://www.rcinet.ca/eye-on-the-arctic/2021/07/22/arctic-community-in-northwestern-canada-sets-temperature-record-amid-2nd-summer-heat-wave/


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Arctic Lightning sparks nine blazes near Inuvik, Tsiigehtchic and Fort McPherson [NWT, Canada] overnight.

“Four new fires are burning within 60 kilometres of Fort McPherson, four more are burning less than 100 kilometres east of Inuvik and the Dempster Highway and one fire is burning just over 70 kilometres east of Tsiigehtchic.”

https://www.nnsl.com/news/arctic-lightning-sparks-nine-blazes-near-inuvik-tsiigehtchic-and-fort-mcpherson-overnight/


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Russia deploys military to help contain raging Siberian wildfires.

“The vast region has had a long spell of extremely hot and dry weather this summer, with temperatures reaching 39 [102.2F] degrees Celsius and setting records for several days… The defense ministry deployed transport planes and helicopters to help douse the flames.”

https://www.euronews.com/2021/07/23/russia-deploys-military-to-help-contain-raging-siberian-wildfires


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Melting ice within permafrost in the Russian arctic is revealing ancient life that has been buried there for thousands of years

“But any revelations about the Russian arctic’s fascinating natural history comes at a huge price. Climate change is causing the permafrost to melt, releasing large amounts of pent-up methane gas into the atmosphere and causing the ice to thaw even more quickly.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/russia-permafrost-thawing-mammoth-graveyard-b1888438.html


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Abnormal heatwave in Russia threatens this year’s harvest…

“…the biggest problem is that July is expected to not only be hot but also dry. For a month, in Central Russia, at best, just 20-30% of precipitation from the climatic norm will fall. In the northwest of the region, no rainfall may be seen at all.

“With this in mind, analysts said that this year’s drought could be unprecedented.”

https://www.allaboutfeed.net/animal-feed/raw-materials/abnormal-heatwave-in-russia-threatens-this-years-harvest/


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Germany floods: Dozens still missing as more heavy rain forecast for weekend.

“Germany’s national weather service has said that regions hit by deadly floods last week could see more heavy rain this weekend. Localised storms were likely to occur on Saturday before reaching large parts of Rhineland-Palatinate state…”

https://www.euronews.com/2021/07/22/germany-floods-dozens-still-missing-as-more-heavy-rain-forecast-for-weekend


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23rd July was another record day in Morocco:

The stations of Kasba Tadla with 47.0C [116.6F] and of Taza with 46.4C recorded their hottest day on records. Heat is expected to ease starting from tomorrow.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1418647346859159558


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‘Nothing left’: A catastrophe in Madagascar’s famine-hit south… more than one million people in Madagascar are in need of food in a vast area spread over 110,000 sq km (42,000 square miles).

“Years with little rain have made farming impossible, while sandstorms have turned huge stretches of arable land barren – effects the United Nations has linked to climate change.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/23/nothing-left-catastrophe-madagascar-famine-hit-south


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Turkey: cars float down flooded streets as residents rescued – video.

“Rescuers pulled inflatable boats in flood waters gushing through streets of Turkey’s Black Sea district of Arhavi on Thursday to bring those stranded to safety. Footage released by the country’s interior ministry showed distressed residents being evacuated from flooded homes.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2021/jul/22/turkey-cars-float-down-flooded-streets-as-residents-rescued-video


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Nonseasonal floods kill 14 people in south and east of Yemen.

“Flooding in Yemen killed at least 14 people this week after nonseasonal rainstorms hit parts of the country, security officials said… The storms are not seasonal for the south and the east of Yemen, which is usually dry this time of year.”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1898701/middle-east


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Seven people were killed by floods and another one was killed by lightning in 16 provinces [of Iran], Mahdi Valipour, an official with the Iranian Red Crescent Society, said on Friday…

“[However] Iran is ranked among the world’s arid countries with its annual precipitation levels at about one-third of the global average. More than 200 Iranian cities and a very larger number of villages, mostly in the central and southern parts, are water-stressed.”

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/463338/Flash-floods-lightning-take-8-lives-nationwide


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Over dozen killed in rain related incidents in KP [Pakistan] Some two dozen wounded, several houses destroyed

“As the torrential rain coupled with thunder and hail storms and low flooding played havoc through the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, more than a dozen people were killed and scores other wounded seriously…”

https://pakobserver.net/over-dozen-killed-in-rain-related-incidents-in-kp-some-two-dozen-wounded-several-houses-destroyed/


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Frantic search for survivors as India flooding toll rises [currently 125 killed].

“Rescuers in India have combed through mud and debris in a frantic search for survivors after heavy rains lashed the western state of Maharashtra, triggering landslides, flooding and a building collapse and causing dozens of deaths.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/24/at-least-76-killed-in-india-heavy-monsoon-rains-govt


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The popular hill station of Mahabaleshwar which is located in the Satara district of Maharashtra has received a record 380 mm rainfall [nearly 15 inches] in just 12 hours.

“Mahabaleshwar is very popular among tourists who wants to enjoy the natural beauty of Western Ghats during the monsoon season.”

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/popular-hill-station-in-maharashtra-records-380-mm-rainfall-in-12-hours-11627010236740.html


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Russia’s Trans-Siberian railway blocked after flooding damages bridge.

“Flooding has damaged a bridge on Russia’s Trans-Siberian railway in its Far East, suspending traffic in the area, officials said on Friday, and President Vladimir Putin said full track repair would take five days.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/bridge-russias-trans-siberian-railway-damaged-by-flooding-2021-07-23/


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From coal to cars, Chinese floods tangle supply chains.

“The floods drenching central China and submerging swathes of a major economic and transport hub are threatening supply chains for goods ranging from cars and electronics to pigs, peanuts and coal.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/coal-cars-chinese-floods-tangle-supply-chains-2021-07-22/


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China evacuates tens of thousands as storm spreads north, death toll rises

“Tens of thousands of people were being evacuated from flood-hit regions of central China on Thursday as officials raised the death toll to 33 people from heavy rain that has deluged Henan province for almost a week. More cities were inundated and crops destroyed…”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/china-evacuates-tens-thousands-storm-spreads-north-death-toll-rises-n1274696


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Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood Manila

“Philippine authorities moved thousands of residents of the capital, Manila, out of their low-lying communities on Saturday as heavy monsoon rain, compounded by a tropical storm, flooded the city and nearby provinces”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/24/philippines-evacuates-thousands-as-monsoon-rains-flood-cities-pr


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We talked about the cold spell in South Australia. But in the Northern Territory it’s record heat: 37.7C [99.9F] on 23rd July at Victoria River Downs.

“This is the 2nd highest temp. ever recorded in Australia in July and the 1st in NT. National record is 38.3C at Kalumburu on 27 Jul 2016.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1418586167616868359


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Amazon and Cerrado deforestation, warming spark record drought in urban Brazil… Southern and central Brazil are in the midst of the worst drought in nearly 100 years…

“…the drought, now in its second year, likely has two main causes: climate change, which tends to make continental interiors both hotter and drier, and the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and Cerrado savanna biomes.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/07/amazon-and-cerrado-deforestation-warming-spark-record-drought-in-urban-brazil/


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NASA study finds tropical forests’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide is waning.

“…the ability of tropical forests to absorb massive amounts of carbon has waned in recent years. The decline in this ability is because of large-scale deforestation, habitat degradation, and climate change effects.”

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-nasa-tropical-forests-ability-absorb.html


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Chilean Raisins Are Latest Crop Hit by Extreme Weather. As tumultuous weather patterns take hits on crops across the world, raisins have become the latest victim of the volatility.

“Heavy rains hit grape vines in Chile, one of the world’s key producers, back in January. The excess moisture ended up damaging a large swath of the crop.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2021-07-23/supply-chain-latest-chilean-raisins-are-hit-by-extreme-weather


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A flash flood watch and exceptional drought: Arizona’s in both at the same time.

“Flash flooding and dust storms are threatening Arizona as it braces for a potentially significant flooding event this weekend amid an exceptional drought.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/22/weather/arizona-weather-flash-flood-drought/index.html


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The drought-stricken Western U.S. braces for ‘water wars’.

“Tourism, landscaping, homebuilding and farming are just some of the businesses that feel the economic crunch of a devastating drought in the U.S. West. Agriculture is particularly affected by water scarcity during these periods.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/23/the-drought-stricken-western-us-braces-for-water-wars.html


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Drought forces North American farmers to turn food crops to hay.

“Drought is withering crops on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border, prompting farmers to take the rare measure of baling up their wheat and barley stems to sell as hay… The dry conditions highlight how extreme weather is affecting agriculture and stoking higher prices that have fueled food-inflation concerns.”

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-drought-north-american-farmers-food.html


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Wildfire smoke blowing across the U.S. is more toxic than we thought

“…as the smoke spreads across the country and exposes millions of people, the health impact becomes more widespread among the most vulnerable. In addition to causing respiratory issues, air pollution can lead to poor heart health.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/wildfire-smoke-blowing-across-country-more-toxic-than-we-thought


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Fire tornadoes, haze, clouds: US blazes create their own weather systems.

“In southern Oregon, the Bootleg fire has now burned a swath of land larger than the city of Los Angeles… Some of these fires are now so intense and large they can create their own weather systems, including fire tornadoes, clouds and other weird phenomena…”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/23/us-wildfires-weather-systems-fire-tornado-haze-clouds


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Sweltering temperatures expected across U.S. next week as heat dome descends on Midwest, Great Plains.

“Stifling heat is forecast to spread across much of the continental U.S. next week, with areas like the Great Plains and Midwest set to see temperatures climb 10 to 15 degrees above average, according to the National Weather Service.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/23/sweltering-temperatures-expected-across-us-due-to-heat-dome.html


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Three degrees of global warming is quite plausible and truly disastrous.

“Rapid emission cuts can reduce the risks but not eliminate them…

“We’re in for nasty weather.”

https://www.economist.com/briefing/2021/07/24/three-degrees-of-global-warming-is-quite-plausible-and-truly-disastrous


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Extreme weather takes climate change models ‘off the scale’

“I think I would be speaking for many climate scientists to say that we are a bit shocked at what we are seeing,” said Chris Rapley, professor of climate science at University College London. “There is a dramatic change in the frequency with which extreme [weather] events occur.”

https://www.ft.com/content/9a647a51-ede8-480e-ba78-cbf14ad878b7


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