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Deadly temperatures so high petrol pumps seize up! The mercury hit's 49.3 Celsius (120.74 F) in parts of Australia hottest in 20 years
Seven people have drowned as a heatwave grips Australia, sending big crowds to the beach to cool down, while a tropical depression in the far north threatens to turn into a cyclone by New Year's Day. Five of the deaths were in the southeastern state of Victoria between Christmas Eve and Saturday.
A South Korean drowned on Christmas Day while snorkelling in a lake in the eastern state of New South Wales while another man died in the surf on the Sunshine Coast in the eastern state of Queensland.
Temperatures have soared to well over 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) from Western Australia down through the sparsely populated central desert into the populous eastern seaboard states for seven days, with the weather bureau predicting the heat to continue after a brief New Year's Eve respite.

A heatwave for Christmas: Parts of Australia to hit 47 deg C (117 deg F) with warm records set to tumble
A heatwave will hit most of Australia this week that will push Christmas temperatures in some areas to as much as 12C above the December average before breaking monthly records later in the week. Victorian authorities have issued health alerts for parts of the state and fire warnings are in place for several other states including Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.
The Kimberley region of Western Australia is the one location that could break heat records on Christmas Day, with the town of Fitzroy Crossing expecting a maximum of 47C, breaking the previous annual record of 46.5C, which was set earlier this month.
Inland areas of South Australia will have temperatures in the low-to-mid 40s and Adelaide is forecast to reach 41C on Thursday.

Tsunami powered by air-pressure disturbances and not an earthquake hits Fort Myers area in Florida causing panic among locals
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A tsunami, that's what meteorologists in the Fort Myers area say pushed this wall of water into cottages along Sanibel Island on Thursday.
The video shows people standing by Castaways Cottages of Sanibel that were experiencing some flooding and then out of nowhere a wall of water pushes forward.
No doubt you've heard of a tsunami, which is a giant oceanic waves triggered primarily by earthquakes that can roll ashore, causing loss of life and disaster.
But have you heard of meteotsunamis?

Giant hailstones 8 centimetres wide smash windscreens, roofs and windows cancelling flights as "catastrophic" storm cell hits Sydney
Insurers are bracing for a flood of claims after Sydney's "catastrophic" hailstorm yesterday, which saw many parts of the city pelted with hail up to 8 centimeters wide.
The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has declared the storm a catastrophe and said claims so far had been mostly about damage to motor vehicles, including smashed windscreens.
Residents have also been ringing their insurers about damage to tiled or metal roofs and flooding. ICA spokesman Campbell Fuller said the financial impact of the storms would be significant.
"It won't be known for some days or even several weeks," he said.

Monster waves 40ft, more than 12-meter destroy balconies on Spanish island Tenerife with more than 50-holiday homes evacuated (Video)
Holidaymakers have been evacuated from a seafront apartment block after huge 40ft, more than 12-meter waves wiped out balconies in Tenerife.
Dramatic footage shows huge waves crashing into the fourth-floor of an apartment block in Mesa del Mar, popular with Brits.
Fierce storms led to restaurant windows being smashed, cars swept into the sea and a football pitch is destroyed by severe floods on the tourist island.
Local mayor Alvaro Davila said 65 apartments, some believed to be holiday homes, were evacuated. He also confirmed nobody had been injured in the scare, which led to 39 people being ordered to leave two buildings in, north-west Tenerife.

It's the biggest snowstorm ever in New York in November: Last ten years see's massive increase in Northeast snow storms
Commuters crowd the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. By 5:30 p.m. Thursday, officials were advising people to take trains or ferries instead of buses. Credit John Taggart for The New York Times 
It's the biggest snowstorm ever in New York in November.
The season's first snowstorm isn't leaving enough room in the sky for planes.
By noon Thursday, 564 national flights had been cancelled as the east coast prepared for a wet and wild storm that weather.com predicts will bring up to 3 inches of snow in parts of the city, followed by rain.

More than 30 dead in the last two weeks most of them children along with 3,500 tourists evacuated due to flash flooding in Jordan
At least 10 people, including a young girl, were killed as flash floods engulfed multiple cities in Jordan on Friday, a government official said.
Heavy downpours triggered the flash floods, forcing more than 3,500 international and domestic tourists to be evacuated from the tourist city of Petra in southern Jordan, according to Jumana Ghuneimat, Jordan's minister of state for media affairs and government spokeswoman.
Ongoing rainfall in the Daba'a region of southern Jordan also led to the closure of the desert highway in both directions, said Ghuneimat.

Death toll sweeping Italy rises to 29 with more missing and millions of trees uprooted as waters peaked at 156 cm in worse storm since 1966
At least 12 people have been killed by severe weather on the island of Sicily, bringing the overall death toll from the storms sweeping Italy to 29, officials said on Sunday.
Torrential rain triggering landslides and floodwaters led to the death of 10 people in the region around Palermo, a spokesman for the Sicilian capital's Prefecture said on Sunday.
"There are still some people missing," he added.
Two more fatalities occurred in the region around the Sicilian town of Agrigento when the car they were travelling in was hit by a landslide, another official said.

“We’ll need at least a century to return to normality” 17 dead and 14 million trees snapped like matchsticks in a week of devastation Italy
The deadly extreme weather which has devastated parts of Italy this week has claimed another two more lives bringing the total to 17, however, winds of up to 180 kph (112 mph) have laid waste to vast swathes of forest.
According to Reuters,  many of the victims to date have been killed by falling trees. Coldiretti, the association of Italian agricultural companies, said in a statement that gales had destroyed around 14 million trees, many in the far north.
Areas from the far northeast to Sicily in the southwest have been affected by the storms, with the worst damage in the northern regions of Trentino and Veneto - the region around Venice - where villages and roads have been cut off by landslides.

"An early season record" Temperatures as high as 44.7C (112 deg F) break October records a month before summer arrives in Australia
New South Wales is bracing for its first heatwave of the season, and Queensland is poised to break October records, as temperatures soar this weekend.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting 40C temperatures and heatwave conditions for inland parts of both states, following another near-record heatwave across Queensland last week.
Meteorologist Jenny Sturrock said the conditions were being called "an early season record", with summer still a month away.
"Queensland over the last weekend did see some record maximum temperatures for October," she said.
"These kinds of values - into the low 40s - are what we would expect in summer."

Europe: Spain suffers a whiteout Italy is flooding under torrential rain Germany battered by tornadoes and Hungary is breaking heat records
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Crazy weather is still battering Europe, as Spain suffers a whiteout with under zero temperatures, Italy flooding under torrential rain and Germany suffering tornadoes Hungary is breaking heat records.
Hungary's temperature rose to a record high on October 29 and the heat record was also broken for Budapest. The mercury hit 27.1 C. in the village of Kubekhaza in southern Hungary on Monday, the national weather service said. The previous record of 25.9 C. was measured in the village of Szerep in eastern Hungary in 1923. The temperature in the second and fourth districts of Budapest reached 24.3 C. on Monday, breaking a 90-year record when it was 23.5 C., the weather service said.

Southern Europe's freak weather see's Spain blanketed by heavy snowstorms and Italian lagoon city of Venice hit by record flooding
Southern Europe's freak weather has seen the Mediterranean nation of Spain battered by a tornado, just 48 hours after the country was blanketed by heavy snowstorms.
More than 38,000 homes were left without power for a whole day after the tornado ravaged the island of Menorca yesterday.
More than 50 trees and hundreds of power lines were pulled down by the powerful storm, leaving thousands of residents without electricity.
Neighbouring principality Asturias' 25,000 properties also had their power knocked out by the tornado.

A five-foot (1.5 meters) wall of floodwater so powerful it sucked people out of houses kills 7 with 5 missing in western Mexico (Video)
At least seven people, including two children, are dead and searches continue for five others after a five-foot (1.5 meters) wall of floodwater crashed through the streets of a town in western Mexico, state officials said Monday night.
Eloy Giron, the chief of operations for the Michoacan state Civil Protection agency, reported the latest death toll.
He told The Associated Press that hopes were fading for finding two adults and three children still unaccounted for.
Unusually heavy rainfall swelled the Cutio River and sent a wave of water into the town of Periban on Sunday.
Giron said witnesses reported that the rush of water was so powerful that it sucked some people out of houses.

Winds casing waterfall's to reverse upwards and blow a caravan of a cliff with a woman inside kill two as storms Helene and Ali HIT the UK
Ireland and the UK are cleaning up after the biggest ever storm to hit the Northern Ireland in September.
Wind gusts of150 km/h caused chaos.
A woman from Switzerland died when her caravan was blown off a cliff in County Galway onto the rocks below.
A man in his 20s died when a tree fell on him as he worked in a country park near Newry in Northern Ireland and a pilot was filmed attempting to land during Storm Ali at Dublin Airport yesterday but as the plane got closer to the ground the jet started to lift and continued flying.

One of the worst floods in India's history: Almost 400 dead dozens missing and 1.2 million displaced with 40% more monsoon rain than usual
The death toll in Kerala rose on Monday to nearly 400 after its worst flood in a century, as authorities handed out medicine and disinfectants to ward off disease in thousands of relief camps.
Dozens of people are missing and 1.2 million are sheltering in the camps, state officials said, as the water receded and a huge clean-up gathered pace.
"The death toll has risen to 373," an official of the state's disaster management authority told Reuters. Kerala received rainfall more than 40 per cent greater than normal for the monsoon season, which runs from June to September.
Torrential rain in the last 10 days forced officials to release water from dozens of dangerously full dams.

164 dead and more than 150,000 people have been left homeless from floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala
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The death toll from floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala has jumped to 164 and could grow further, with more rain predicted and thousands of people still awaiting rescue.
Roads are damaged, mobile phone networks are down, an international airport has been closed and more than 150,000 people have been left homeless after the unusually heavy rain this month caused the most damaging floods in Kerala in a century.

Italian motorway structure collapses onto houses 300 ft below full of cars and trucks killing dozens with many more feared dead during storm
At least 22 people have been killed including a baby and dozens more are feared dead after a huge 260ft section of a highway bridge collapsed during a fierce storm in Genoa, Italy.
Cars fell 300ft along with tonnes of twisted steel and concrete debris into a river, railroad tracks and an industrial zone below when the Morandi bridge gave way at 11.30am local time.
The head of the local ambulance service said there were 'dozens of dead' in what the transport minister called 'an immense tragedy.'
One witness described the carnage as an 'apocalyptic' while rescuers are fearful damaged gas lines could explode.

At least 29 people dead more than 3 million deaths of livestock vegetable prices doubled due to record breaking heat wave in South Korea
At least 29 people have died due to heatstroke in South Korea and more than 2 200 suffered heat-related conditions, as prolonged and record-breaking heatwave engulfs the country.
The Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA) said the country is undergoing an extended heat wave, with at least 15 days of temperatures over 35 °C (95 °F).
Capital Seoul recorded 39.6 °C (103.2 °F) on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, making it the hottest day the city has seen in 111 years.
The town of Hongcheon, in the northeastern province of Gangwon, recorded a record high of 41 °C (105.8 °F) on the same day, the highest temperature in South Korea since records began in 1904.

Portugal broke local temperature records Friday as the mercury climbed to 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit): Worse is to come
Eight places in Portugal broke local temperature records Friday as a wave of heat from North Africa swept across the Iberian peninsula - and officials predicted the scorching temperatures could get even worse over the weekend.
Temperatures built to around 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) Friday in many inland areas of Portugal and were expected to peak at 47 C (116.6 F) in some places Saturday.
Large sections of Portugal are on red alert on the Civil Protection Agency's danger scale.

North Korea warns of 'natural disaster' amid record heatwave and drought as the fragile infrastructure is in danger of collapse
A natural disaster is unfolding in North Korea as the Korean peninsula is suffering an unprecedented heatwave and drought.
The whole area is suffering from the heat with South Korea and Japan recently recording record temperatures of over 41 deg C, with more than a hundred dead and thousands hospitalised, however, North Korea's infrastructure is not able to cope with such temperatures and water shortage.
According to the BBC, North Korea which has previously suffered bouts of famine, state media warned that key crops such as rice and corn were under threat.
It called on citizens to "join the struggle" to safeguard harvests.

Insane temperatures: Spain and Portugal expected to break Europe's all time record temperature with a high approaching 50 deg C (120 deg F)
Spain and Portugal are expecting to smash the hottest temperature ever recorded in Europe with temperatures to approach 50 deg C (120 deg F) in some parts of Southern Spain and Portugal this weekend.
The current European record is 48C (118.4F) set in Athens in July 1977 but that temperature is in danger of being surpassed as a surge of hot air is sweeping in from Africa.
According to the BBC, Portugal's national record is 47.4C (117.3F), set in 2003. Spain's peak of 47.3C (117.1F) was only set in July last year.

28 people dead and more than 2,200 others have been treated in hospital after South Korea's all-time heat record smashed
Burning hot This photo, taken by a thermal imaging camera, shows people walking at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, which became red amid an all-time high daily temperature of 39.6 degrees Celsius in the city on Aug. 1, 2018. (Yonhap) 
The Korea Meteorological Administration said the temperature in Hongcheon, a city in the country's north, reached 41.0°C (105.8°F) at 4 p.m. local time on Wednesday.
In Seoul, the temperature hit a local record of 39.4°C (102.9°F).
The temperature in Hongcheon smashes South Korea's all-time record, which was set only 8 days prior when the temperature hit 40.2°C (104.3°F) near Yeongcheon.

Disaster unfolding as more than 120,000 people have been forced to flee their homes after days of torrential rain in Myanmar
Ten people have been killed and more than 120,000 have been forced to flee their homes after days of heavy monsoon rains flooded villages in central and southern Myanmar, according to government officials.
The Burmese National Disaster Management Committee has urged residents near river banks and low-lying areas to move to higher ground after floods shut down roads and submerged villages, leaving communities stranded.
As of Tuesday, more than 120,000 people across five provinces had been displaced by rising waters, with Magway Region in central Myanmar particularly hard hit, with more than 70,000 affected, said Min Thein, director of Myanmar's Department of Disaster Management.

Germany is the latest country to be hit by global heatwave with damaged roads and devastated crops with higher temperatures still to come
The heat wave has shut down Hanover airport, damaged roads and devastated crops, with higher temperatures still to come.
In AC-starved Germany, experts are warning people to heed the heat and even go home early from work.
Germany braced itself Wednesday for sweltering temperatures that could reach up to 36 degrees Celsius (96.8 Fahrenheit) in some places.
On Tuesday, temperatures peaked at 35.9 degrees in the northern town of Lingen, with little relief overnight as temperatures in several large cities hovered around 20 degrees.

The UK expecting the hottest day on record as parts have gone 54 days without significant rain killing crops with rivers and streams drying up
Parts of the UK are experiencing more heatwave conditions, with temperatures heading towards 32C (90F) - and set to rise higher later this week.
Monday was the hottest day of 2018 so far, with the Met Office recording 33.3C in Santon Downham in Suffolk, and overnight temperatures of 24C.
But the heat is not due to reach its peak until Thursday or Friday where it is expected to hit 37 deg C almost 100.F.
A level three heat health watch alert is in place for much of the east and south-east England until Friday.

South Korea latest country to join the global heat wave with the mercury hitting 40 deg°C (104 deg F): 80 dead 35,000 hospitalised in Japan
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South Korea is the latest country to join the global heat wave party.
South Korea's highest-ever morning low was recorded in the city of Gangneung, where the temperature was 31°C at 6.45am.
The morning low in Seoul was 29.2° C, a record for the country's capital, according to South Korea's weather agency.
The mercury hit 40 deg°C (104 deg F) in the south-eastern town of Hayang, the highest temperature in the country so far this year.
Meanwhile, an "unprecedented" heatwave in Japan has killed at least 65 people in one week, government officials said Tuesday, with the weather agency now classifying the record-breaking weather as a "natural disaster."

Insane: 124.3 degrees F (51.3 Celsius) in Algeria is the hottest temperature ever recorded in Africa as the global heat wave continues
The planet's hottest continent probably just endured its hottest weather ever reliably measured.
An Algerian city soared to 124.3 degrees (51.3 Celsius) Thursday, adding to the onslaught of records for extreme heat set around the planet during the past 10 days.
The blistering-hot temperature reading, observed in Ouargla, is probably the highest temperature ever reliably measured both in Algeria and in all of Africa.
The record was first identified by weather records expert Maximiliano Herrera.
Ouargla, with a population of nearly half a million, is located in north-central Algeria, roughly midway between Morocco and Tunisia.

Scorched Earth! European heat wave intensifies with hottest summer in nearly 50 years while Japan sets a new heat record of 41.1 deg C
Temperatures in Japan have reached 41.1C, a new record for the country, amid a deadly heat wave that has claimed dozens of lives. The temperature was recorded in the city of Kumagaya, a city northwest of Tokyo, beating a previous high of 41C in the western prefecture of Kochi in August 2013, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Meanwhile, Europe is expecting it's hottest week in many years as the heat wave intensifies there.
In many areas in Europe and the UK, no significant rain has fallen since the beginning of May, while the Met Office has issued warnings for people to stay out the sun this week as temperatures are expected to rise to around 35 deg C (95 deg F).
Here in Holland, the Dutch government have issued heat warnings for the whole week as the mercury is set to rise well above 30 deg C, in my own town of Alkmaar we have endured more than 60 days without rain.

More than 30 dead with 10,000 sent to hospital after Japan heatwave intensifies as temperatures rise above 40 deg C (104 deg F)
Ten more people died Thursday from a heat wave that continued to grip Japan, raising the death toll to more than 30 since July 9, with the public warned to brace for more scorching weather over coming days.
The extreme heat -- which rose to as high as 40.7 C in central Japan on Wednesday -- has caused more than 10,000 people to be sent to hospitals, according to a Kyodo News tally.
The 10 fatalities were from seven prefectures.
On Thursday, the mercury continued to hover well over 35 C in many areas of Japan, with Kyoto registering 39.8 C.
Among those who died was an 80-year-old woman believed to be working at a farm in Sado, Niigata Prefecture, and another woman in her 90s in a field in Yabu, Hyogo Prefecture.

FLAMING June 2018 was 5th warmest on record for the globe: Record heat felt across the continents as the Northern Hemisphere baked
June for many in the Northern Hemisphere was the beginning of a heatwave unprecedented for nearly 50 years.
As summer hit the Northern Hemisphere heatwaves were being reported from Canada, the U.S. the UK, Europe and Asia as the northern half of the planet baked.
In parts of south-west France, temperatures hit 40 deg C (104 deg F).
In Canada residents in the Toronto area had to endure a humidex temp which pushed into the mid-40s deg C (113 deg F).
Meanwhile, a dangerous, oppressive heat wave scorched central, and the eastern US.
Temperatures reached at least 30 Celsius in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the heatwave is still in progress in the UK.

As Japan mourns death of more than 200 flood victims with dozens still missing temperatures top 40 deg C (104 deg F) killing 14
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As the nation mourns the death of more than 200 flood victims with dozens still missing 14 more people have now died and thousands treated in hospital from a crippling heatwave.
Temperatures on Monday, a national holiday, surged above 40 degrees Celsius (104 deg Fahrenheit) in some inland areas and combined with high humidity to produce dangerous conditions, the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.
At least 14 people died from the heat over the long weekend, media reports said, including a woman in her 90s who was found unconscious in a field.
Thousands more were treated in hospitals for heat-related conditions.

Sweden is the latest country to join the global heatwave temperatures are expected to reach 30C or more five days in a row "very unusual!"
Sweden is the latest country to join the increasingly long list of countries in the grip of crippling heatwaves.
And it will be the second of their summer after a long heatwave at the end of May.
The heatwave in Sweden is getting so bad that the country has now sent out official warnings about "extremely high temperatures" in several areas, including Stockholm and Uppsala.
Sweden's national weather agency SMHI on Sunday issued a class-two alert for "extremely high temperatures" (the most serious temperature warning) in counties in central parts of the country: Orebro, Västmanland, Sodermanland, Uppsala and Stockholm.

More misery for Japan after floods kill more than 200 heat-wave has claimed 6 more lives and hospitalised 1,500 hampering rescue efforts
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A heat wave had killed at least six people and hospitalized more than 1,500 others across the nation Saturday as a three-day weekend got underway, a Kyodo News tally showed.
The deaths occurred in six prefectures: Toyama, Shizuoka, Tottori, Hiroshima, Oita and Kumamoto, which saw temperatures between 33.5 and 37.4. Elsewhere, Kyoto, Gifu and Mie prefectures saw the mercury top 38.
Osaka led the way with 156 people hospitalized for heat exhaustion, followed by 125 in Aichi and 102 in Chiba and Tokyo.

Statistics which should make any normal person extremely concerned as global heat-wave continues and just what did happen in Japan
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Africa's hottest recorded temperature ever was recorded was in 1931 when the mercury reached 55 deg C (131 deg F) in Kibili Tunisia, however, The BBC claim that record could be unreliable according to scientists.
On July the 5th some experts are claiming Africa's hottest temperature was reached when the mercury hit an incredible 51.3 deg C, (124.3 deg F) Ouargla in Algeria.
So why did this happen?

Almost half a year's rain has fallen in Japan in just ten days now temperatures around 35 deg C, (95 deg F) impedes rescue workers
It's the biggest weather disaster in Japan in nearly 40 years.
Many frightening statistics are being released after the unprecedented torrential rainfall eases in Japan and the real problem now for rescuers looking for the many people missing is the heat with temperatures around 35 deg C, (95 deg F).
Almost half a year's rain has fallen in Japan in just ten days.
Nearly ten million people were ordered to leave their homes.
Almost 10,000 are people are in shelters, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.
More than 200 people have died with dozens still missing.
More than 250,000 people are without water.

The worst disaster in Japan since the Fukushima disaster: 180 dead, 64 missing and 244,000 households without water after deadly floods
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The latest casualty figures from the downpours in western Japan were 180 dead, 64 missing and 244,000 households without water supplies, according to Asahi Shimbun calculations on July 11. Among the 13 prefectures hit by flooding and landslides triggered by days of torrential rain, the death tolls were the highest in Hiroshima, Okayama and Ehime.
At least 42 people were still unaccounted-for in Hiroshima Prefecture, while the search continued for 18 in Okayama Prefecture.
The land ministry said it has received 483 reports of landslides in 29 prefectures, consisting of 358 cliff collapses, 109 flows of debris and 16 landslips.

Japanese flood horror "Hillsides gave way under the weight of water" death toll now 122 while hope fades for the dozens still missing
The toll in deadly rainfall that has devastated parts of Japan with flooding and landslides rose Tuesday to 122, as hopes faded that further survivors could be found.
Dozens of people are still missing, and with the rains finally letting up on Monday, rescue workers were able to reach previously cut-off places where authorities fear more bodies may be trapped beneath debris.
With the toll mounting, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled a four-country foreign trip, and he was expected to visit the disaster-hit region later this week.

Unprecedented Japanese floods death toll near 100 with more than 50 missing and almost 6 million ordered to evacuate as horror unfolds
The death toll from torrential rains in western Japan reached 88 late Sunday, with over 50 others still missing after massive flooding and landslides destroyed homes and displaced tens of thousands. Rescue operations by Self-Defense Forces personnel and others were continuing in disaster-hit areas early Monday, as Japan's weather agency warned the public of the continuing danger of landslides and flooding.
At one point, evacuation orders or advisories were issued for up to 5.9 million people in 19 prefectures, while over 30,000 people were staying at evacuation centres as of Sunday afternoon, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

More than 3 million told to evacuate as water levels reach five metres (16ft): Deadly floods kill 39 with 50 missing in Japan
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Dozens of people have died and at least 50 are missing after torrential rain triggered landslides and flash flooding in western Japan on Saturday.
Local authorities said 20 people had been killed, while public broadcaster NHK said the death toll had risen to 46.
The number of casualties is expected to rise, said Yoshinobu Katsuura, a disaster management official in Ehime prefecture.
The prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said the situation was "extremely serious" and ordered ministers to "make an all-out effort" to rescue victims.
The rainfall has hampered rescue operations in Hiroshima, Ehime, Okayama, Kyoto and other regions.

Breathing problems to asthma attacks and bush fires as temperatures reach 117 deg F (47.22 deg C) in Southern California: Records tumble
Southern California baked Friday under a heat wave that forecasters correctly predicted would be one for the record books, with widespread triple-digit highs and increased fire danger.
Officials urged residents to take advantage of cooling centres in libraries and other facilities and to watch out for those with vulnerabilities, warning that minor heat-related illnesses can worsen quickly and turn fatal.
"Extreme heat can be dangerous - especially for young people and seniors," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.

Hundreds of thousands evacuated! “Historic” rain (two months rainfall in just one morning) hit parts of Japan
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Evacuation orders were issued Thursday for 183,000 people in and around the city of Kyoto and 1.2 million more were advised to leave as of Friday morning amid an escalating risk of mudslides following heavy rain in western Japan.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the rainfall was “historic” and warned more rain was set to batter already saturated parts of the nation through Sunday.
By Friday morning, one part of the main island of Honshu had been hit with twice the total amount of rain for a normal July.

Heatwaves reported from Canada, U.S. UK, Europe and Russia as the Northern Hemisphere hits high summer
As summer hits the Northern Hemisphere heatwaves are being reported from Canada, the U.S. the UK, Europe and Asia as the northern half of the planet bakes.
Of course, it is summer but for the whole Northern Hemisphere to witnessing heat-wave weather this is unusual.
In parts of south-west France, temperatures are expected to hit 40 deg C (104 deg F) today.
In Canada residents in the Toronto area had to endure a humidex temp which pushed into the mid-40s deg C (113 deg F) this weekend as the heat is expected to last the rest of this week.
Meanwhile, a dangerous, oppressive heat wave has scorched central, and the eastern US this weekend.

Its unheard of here especially in summer! Flash floods devastate Athens suburbs Greece where floods killed 24 people last November
Flash floods have devastated for a second time in less than a year the town of Mandra in Attica, just outside Athens.
Unseasonable extreme rains- unheard of in Greece in the summer months- has left much of the Greek mainland drenched.
Flooding and rivers overflowing their banks were reported in regions throughout the mainland, including Larisa.
The town of Mandra, where 24 people lost their lives last November during torrential rains and extreme flooding, was hard hit again.

Cold-wave hits Peru killing more than 600 people as temperatures plunge to - 15 °C (5 °F)
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According to Chile's Ministry of Health (Minsa), 604 people have died of pneumonia by June 20, 2018, due to low temperatures.
The number includes more than 400 older adults and 72 children under the age of 5.
Since winter season is just beginning, low temperatures, snow and frost are expected to continue.
The director of the National Center of Epidemiology, Gladys Ramirez, said that Lima has the highest number of influenza AH1N1, followed by Piura, Puno, Cuzco, Madre de Dios and Tacna.

May 2018 was the 401st consecutive month with above-average temperatures as the globe had its 4th warmest May on record: NOAA
After warm and sunshine records were smashed for May in the UK, Western Europe, Scandinavia and the U.S., NOAA's monthly global weather report has been released for May.
Below are the highlights from NOAA's report.

Globe had its 4th warmest May on record
Sea ice coverage at the poles remains small.

Climate-wise, Mother Earth had three of a kind in hand last month: It was the fourth warmest May, the fourth warmest March-May period and the fourth warmest year to date on record for the globe.

At least 20 people killed with 35 injured after thunderstorms hit parts of India as the 2018 monsoon season set to arrive any day now
At least 20 people were killed while 35 others injured after thunderstorm lashed the state on Wednesday night.
Sources confirmed here on Thursday that the thunderstorm which struck on Wednesday night claimed six lives in Sitapur, followed by four each in Ambedkarnagar and Gonda, two each in Kannauj and Kaushambi and one each in Faizabad and Hardoi.
As many as 17 were injured in Sitapur, 11 in Faizabad and 7 in Gonda.
Most of the deaths were caused as the houses collapsed.
A report from Sitapur said that a minar of a mosque collapsed during the storms in Biswa area in which an elderly person was killed.
In Sadarpur, a teenager girl and her mother were killed in a house collapse.

NOAA: U.S. smashes a 124-year warm record for May after Warm records also smashed in the UK, Western Europe and Scandinavia
After warm and sunshine records were smashed for May in the UK, Western Europe and Scandinavia, the U.S. had its warmest May on record too according to NOAA's monthly national weather report.
Each state was warmer than average, with record precipitation in the East.
This comes after people were left asking, "what happened to spring?" As the U.S. had its coldest April in more than 20 years, with record- cold temperatures from the Northern Plains to Gulf Coast.

Below is how May 2018 and spring fared in terms of the climate record in the U.S.

"Heat kills more people than floods hurricanes earthquakes and lightning combined." Warning as Phoenix temps hit 110 deg F (43 deg C)
Photo Homeless people trying to stay out of the heat in Phoenix. Photograph: Stephen Denton for the Guardian
The National Weather Service declared an excessive heat warning for the Phoenix area for Sunday and Monday, reminding people to stay cool at the beginning of Arizona's dangerous summer season. The federal agency has also issued a similar warning for some desert areas of eastern California.
The forecast in the Arizona capital called for highs of 106 to 110 degrees F (43 deg C) both days, with lows in the 70s.
The metro Phoenix area, with some 5 million residents spread across the aptly named Valley of the Sun, experiences temperatures higher than 100 degrees most summer days.

Crazy May! Warm and sunshine records SMASHED in the UK, Western Europe and Scandinavia while the Mediterranean was cool and wet
Warm and sunshine records were smashed for May in the UK, Western Europe and Scandinavia as the area enjoyed many warm dry days with many areas enjoying tropical temperatures for days on end after a chilly start to the month.
The Dutch Met Office KNMI claimed May 2018 was the warmest month of May in three centuries, it was the warmest May since 1706 with almost half the month recording days of 25 deg C, (77 deg F) the highest number since 1901.
The UK Met Office claimed increased sunshine during May 2018 helped to make it a record-breaking May for daily maximum temperature and sunshine across the UK.
The provisional average daily maximum temperature was 17.0 °C during May 2018 making it the warmest May in the UK in a series of records stretching back to 1910.

Mexico burning! Life-threatening temperatures hitting 50 C (122 F) just 3.9 Celsius short of the hottest temperature ever recorded on our planet
A heat wave in Mexico that has increased temperatures to 50 C (122 F) in many areas has led authorities to declare a state of emergency, the country's National Weather Service (SMN) said Thursday.
According to the SMN, temperatures could rise to 50 C in the northern state of Sinaloa, the western state of Michoacan and the central state of Hidalgo, while temperatures in the rest of the country will exceed 30 C (113 F).
The SMN recommended residents to stay alert to announcements made by the National System of Civil Protection and by state and municipal authorities, as well as to take preventative measures such as staying hydrated and avoid excessive exposure to the sun.

Temperatures above 48 degrees Celsius (118 deg F) causing dizziness dehydration birds falling out of the sky roads and cars melting in India
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After strong winds, lightning and thunderstorms swept through northern and eastern India, killing at least 54 people earlier this week the incredible heat is not going away anytime soon.
At a time when many of Indian's fall prey to dizziness and dehydration merely after spending a couple of hours in the scorching sun, birds falling out of the sky due to dehydration and heatstroke and roads and cars melting.
Andhra Pradesh's State Disaster Management Authority has forecast extreme heatwave conditions in parts of the state with temperatures expected to touch 48 degrees Celsius, (118 deg F), the hottest in 40 years, in the next 24 hours, PTI reported on Wednesday.

A highly unusual hailstorm completely unheard of this time of the year smashes entire blocks of citrus banana and vegetable crops in South Africa
A highly unusual hailstorm hit the areas east of Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province, on Sunday, devastating citrus, banana and vegetable crops.
In some orchards around Karino, there are reports of entire blocks of citrus that have been wiped out by the large hailstones.
Fruit was smashed and blown off the trees.
It is early winter in South Africa and the hail was accompanied by cold and thunder.
It is almost completely unheard of to receive hail this time of the year and there is astonishment at the vehemence and timing of what is usually a summer occurrence.
"Usually hail occurs at the latest in April, but in 2004 there was hail in the Lowveld during the month of June," a representative of a crop insurance company remembers.

Temperatures in the mid-40s (C) dust storms lightning and thunderstorms kill another 54 people in India: Warnings of worse to come
Strong winds, lightning and thunderstorms have swept through northern and eastern India, killing at least 54 people in vulnerable communities across five states.
The latest in a string of deadly storms in the region, Monday night's extreme weather system brought down power lines, uprooted trees and destroyed simple mud homes.
The worst affected region appears to have been the eastern state of Bihar, where 19 people died, including 11 due to lightning, Bihar's disaster management department said in a statement.
At least 17 people died in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, local government officials said. 

The 2nd 1,000-year flood in 2 years: 3 years rainfall in 1 day: 1 months rainfall in 1 hour: 60,000 lightning strikes in 4 hours it's weather madness!
It has been several days of weather madness around the globe with records tumbling everywhere.
Let's spare a thought for our friends in Oman where three years' worth of rainfall was dumped on the holiday destination in a single day killing six with a further thirty people missing.
Cyclone Mekunu caused flash flooding that tore away whole roadways and submerged others in Salalah, Oman's third-largest city, stranding drivers.
The Cyclone made landfall in neighbouring Yemen causing 250,000 to lose power.

While parts of North America had its coldest April for 20 years April 2018 was 3rd warmest on record for the globe...NOAA
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The crazy weather of 2018 in the US took a turn away from the global warming trend when NOAA claimed last month the U.S. had its coldest April in more than 20 years
Below-average temperatures spanned the Rockies to the East Coast.
Many citizens were left asking the question, when will winter end after a powerful spring storm is pummeled the U.S. Midwest and Plains as summer was put on hold with a late-season storm causing chaos in mid-April.
Record cold and even snow in some areas delayed the onset of warm spring-like conditions.

Sad reports of birds falling from the sky due to heat-related illnesses as heatwave shows no sign of relenting in parts of India
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At a time when many of us fall prey to dizziness and dehydration merely after spending a couple of hours in the scorching sun, the plight of stray animals and birds is much worse.
Of late, there has been a significant spike in the number of cases of birds falling prey to dehydration and heatstroke.
The situation has worsened so much that birds tend to fall and suffer head injuries, as they get dehydrated while flying.
Nearly 800 cases of birds falling prey to heat-related illnesses were reported at Jivdaya Charitable Trust (JCT) in Ahmedabad in the first fortnight of this month.
These include some 148 infant birds, 619 adult birds and 27 others."

Deadly freak weather continues in India with another 61 dead this weekend bringing total of deaths in May to nearly 200
At least 61 people have died in fierce dust storms across four Indian states since Sunday evening, with officials warning of more bad weather to come.
High-speed winds and lightning devastated many villages, bringing down homes and leaving dozens injured.
As many as 61 people died and many others injured in a thunderstorm, hailstorm and lightning strikes with Utter Pradesh reporting 38 deaths after the state lost 70 people earlier in May
Large parts of India have been struck by deadly storms in the past month.
More than a 100 people died in northern India on 4 May due to intense dust storms and heavy rains. Authorities at the time said they were shocked by the ferocity of the storms, adding that it was one of the worst they had seen. The worst-hit districts were from the western part of the state.

Symptoms of vomiting giddiness headache unconsciousness and death as temperatures hit 45°C, (113 deg F) in Ahmedabad India
On Friday, the maximum temperature for the first time in the season touched 45°C, (113 deg F) in the city.
As the state sizzles in heat, a man in forties died due to heatstroke in the district.
Ahmedabad was the second hottest place in the state on Friday after Surendranagar which recorded 44.3°C.
the state capital also reported 43.2 degrees.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) website, the temperature for Ahmedabad was 2.3 degrees higher than normal whereas the night temperature of 28.4 degrees was 1.5 degrees higher.

A "sea of water" horror: Dam burst in Kenya kills at least 50 people and another 132 dead with 222,000 displayed from torrential rain
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A dam on a commercial flower farm in Kenya's Rift Valley burst after weeks of torrential rain, unleashing a "sea of water" that careened down a hillside and smashed into two villages, killing more than 50 people.
The walls of the reservoir, situated on top of a hill in Nakuru county, 190 km (120 miles) northwest of Nairobi, gave way late on Wednesday as nearby residents were sitting down to evening meals.
Kenya is one of the largest suppliers of cut flowers to Europe, and roses from the 3,500-acre Solai farm are exported to the Netherlands and Germany, according to Optimal Connection, its Netherlands-based handling agent.

"What happened to spring?" U.S. had its coldest April in more than 20 years! Record- cold temperatures from the Northern Plains to Gulf Coast
The crazy weather of 2018 in the US took another turn away from the  so-called global warming trend when NOAA yesterday claimed the U.S. had its coldest April in more than 20 years
Below-average temperatures spanned the Rockies to the East Coast.
Many citizens were left asking the question, when will winter end after a powerful spring storm is pummeled the U.S. Midwest and Plains as summer was put on hold with a late-season storm causing chaos in mid-April.
Everyone seems to be wondering, "What happened to spring?"
Last month, a persistent flow of Arctic air blanketed the eastern two-thirds of the nation.

INDIAN STORM UPDATE: 110 now dead with many more injured after fierce dust storms hit northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Hail and rain storms knocked down power poles and uprooted trees, killing at least 110 with many more injured in northern and western India, government officials said on Thursday.
At least 110 people have been killed and scores more injured in fierce dust storms that hit the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
According to the BBC, the storms on Thursday disrupted electricity, uprooted trees, destroyed houses and killed livestock.
Many of the dead were sleeping when their houses collapsed after being struck by intense bursts of lightning.

Massive storm lasted only 15 minutes but kills 45 people with many more injured livestock and crops in Uttar Pradesh India
More than 45 people were killed, 36 in Agra Zone alone, and dozens injured in a massive thunder and hailstorm that hit Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday-Thursday night.
The toll may cross over to 50.
Nature's fury took maximum lives in the Agra zone when winds at the speed of 132 km/hour lashed the entire region leaving 36 dead and many injured.
About 18 people were killed in Khairabad, 9 in Fatehabad, 4 in Bah, 2 each in Etmadpur and Kirwali area in Agra.

Terrifying scenes and endless crying as families screamed to be rescued: 175,000 homeless as floods devastate Somalia after crippling drought

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Somali families displaced by drought and near-famine conditions last year are now on the move again, with catastrophic flash flooding forcing nearly 175,000 people out of their homes, leaving them more vulnerable to malnutrition and diseases such as Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) and cholera.
Somalia's two major rivers are affected, with the Shabelle River rising at an unprecedented rate of around thirteen feet in less than a week during April-427,000 people are affected in Somalia alone.
A week after the rains began, they show no sign of letting up.

A humanitarian crisis: 100 dead thousands homeless in Kenya from major flooding with water contamination to hit Nairobi and Mombasa
Raging floods that have hit Kenya's low-lying plains since the onset of the long rains season in mid-March could snowball into a humanitarian crisis unless robust interventions are put in place, relief agencies have warned.
Kenya has been experiencing major flooding in recent days as torrential rains pound the country shortly after it had come out of a severe drought season marked by hunger and water scarcity.
Data compiled by Kenya Red Cross indicate that an estimated 100 people have by April 30 died while thousands of households were displaced due to flooding in western, northeastern and coastal regions.

Temp's approaching 50 deg C or 122 deg F in parts of India bring danger to millions of people with heat conditions humans should not have to endure
As temperatures creep up to levels humans should not have to endure India's miserable heatwave continues with the mercury approaching 50 deg C or 122 deg F.
As temperatures climb, so will the dangers to the millions of people and animals living in the region.
Residents will once again have to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and heatstroke, as well as deal with poor air quality.
India Meteorological Department, IMD, has issued a heatwave alert for Rajasthan, west Madhya Pradesh, central Maharashtra and Vidarbha over the next two days. IMD said that Dust storm along with thunderstorm is also likely over west Uttar Pradesh tomorrow. 

With many deaths and nearly a quarter of a million homless rising flood waters continue to wreak havoc in many parts of Kenya after drought
The Kenya Red Cross Society said Wednesday that it is providing emergency relief to more than 210,000 people impacted by rising flood waters that continue to wreak havoc in many parts of Kenya. Abbas Gullet, Kenya Red Cross Society Secretary General, said the torrential rains that started last month have destroyed homes and farms and washed away roads and other infrastructure.
"More than 210,000 people have been forced to flee their homes," Gullet said in a statement released in Nairobi.
"With heavy rainfall persisting, the flood waters will continue to pose a risk for thousands of people across the country.
Our staff and volunteers are working around the clock to ensure families in high-risk areas of the country are being evacuated to higher ground," he added.

The "Beast Of The East" delivers a cold month for Europe but NOAA claim March 5th warmest on record: Low sea ice at the poles persists
Last Friday my garden thermometer hit 30 deg C (87 deg F) in the shade which was an incredible warm week in Holland, however, the "Beast Of The East", cold air from Syberia, made sure Holland had a very cold March.
With the warmest April day in the UK last week since 1949 and the hottest week in April ever in Holland with the mercury hitting 30 deg C 86 deg F, snow in North Africa, southern Spain, southern France and Italy in Europe.
The entire mid-west plains of the US wiped out due to a massive spring snowstorm and temperatures pushing 50 deg C (122 deg F) in India, Pakistan and the Philippines you would be forgiven for thinking the weather was acting a little strange recently well NOAA has released their monthly global weather report for March.

Pakistan the 3rd country in 24 hours to warn it's residents of danger as temperatures rise to 45 deg C (115 deg F) after 1,000 died in Karachi in 2015
Above the heatwave in 2015 killed more than a 1,000 people in Karachi alone with temperatures approaching 50 deg C (122 deg F).
With temperatures hovering around 45 deg C (115 deg F) in parts of Pakistan it becomes the third country in 24 hours to warn it's residents to once again have to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and heatstroke, as well as deal with poor air quality.
The discomfort caused by the arrival of summer is further aggravated because of unscheduled load-shedding.
Over the past few years, Karachi has been witnessing extreme summers.
In 2015, the heatwave in the city resulted in the death of at least 1,000 people.

Millions of people and animals in danger as parts of India expect mercury to rise above 45 degree Celsius around 115 deg F
A resurgence of heat will come back with a vengeance next week as the highest readings so far this year will be rivalled.
According to the forecast released by Met Office, heat wave may continue for another two days and mercury may rise to above 45 degree Celsius around 115 deg F.
In certain parts of the State, there will be a thunderstorm.
In its bulletin, Met Office predicted that heat wave may continue in Adilabad, Nizamabad, Nirmal, Kumarambheem Asifabad, Jagtiyal, Mancherial, Peddapally, Kareem Nagar and Warangal. According to the warning issued by Regional Met Center, Chennai, mercury may go past 45 degree Celsius in the northern districts of Telangana.

A powerful spring storm is pummeling the U.S.Midwest and Plains as summer is put on hold with a late season storm causing chaos
While most of Europe is enjoying an onset of an early summer spare a thought for our American friends living in the mid-west.
A massive, late-season blizzard is causing chaos as more than a foot of snow will fall across the north-central United States into Sunday night.
While some of the snow will melt at times on area roads, the heavy rate of snow and gusty winds will cause extensive blowing and drifting snow and difficult, if not impossible, travel conditions for an extended period of time this weekend.
According to AccuWeather.com, Interstate 90 across southwestern Minnesota and into South Dakota is among the highways closed due to the blizzard.
Airline passengers should anticipate major flight delays and a high number of flight cancellations centred on the major hub of Minneapolis.

March madness begins in India: Temperatures of 42 deg C (108 deg F) resulting in people fainting and birds falling out of the sky
Every year thousands of people die from the heat in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh with the heatwaves beginning in March.
Surat became the second hottest city of Gujarat on March 26 when the mercury soared to 41.8 degrees Celsius.
The prevailing heatwave conditions led mercury to rise by 6.8 degrees Celsius from March 24 to 25. Meanwhile, the Surat Municipal Corporation has issued heatwave warning for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Constant 40 degrees Celsius temperature along with 21 percent humidity in the city has forced people to stay indoors in the past couple of days.

Four'easter slams into the northeast shattering snow records and affecting millions for the fourth time in March on the second day of Spring
The U.S. East’s fourth major snowstorm this month brought heavy snow on Wednesday, snarling flights and commuter travel, closing schools and triggering emergency declarations in several states. Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for New York City and is urging residents to prepare for intense winter weather to continue through Wednesday night.
The storm will have passed over the Northeast by dawn Thursday.
By then, it will have dumped 8 inches of snow on Philadelphia, 12 inches in New York City, and 17 inches over northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania, said Weather Prediction Center meteorologist Marc Chenard according to Reuters.

The 3rd nor'easter in 2 weeks pummelled New England this week, Europe and the UK wait for the next "Beast From The East" the second in 2 weeks
As the 3rd nor'easter in 2 weeks pummelled New England this week, Europe and the UK wait for the next "Beast From The East" the second in 2 weeks, which is set to bring crippling cold.
Winter is refusing to ease on both sides of the Atlantic.
A spell of unseasonable warmth in parts of the UK and Europe will be replaced by arctic cold this weekend as the “Beast from the East” returns bringing big changes as arctic air will make it feel more like the middle of winter by Saturday.
High pressure sitting over Scandinavia will pull very cold air from Siberia westward across Europe in an event coined the “Beast from the East.”
A similar event occurred at the end of February and early March this year and caused temperatures 5-10 degrees Celsius (9-18 degrees Fahrenheit) below normal for five to seven days.

Bombogenesis! 3rd nor'easter in 2 weeks to pummel New England! When will winter release its grip on the northeastern United States?
As we head toward April many are asking when will winter release its grip on the northeastern United States?
It's the 3rd nor'easter in 2 weeks to pummel New England with heavy snow.
Heavy snow and powerful winds will turn to blizzard conditions pounding the area as the winter storm moves up the East Coast Tuesday.
The rapidly strengthening storm could undergo bombogenesis into Tuesday.
Conditions continue to deteriorate as the storm strengthens, with the heaviest snow and strongest winds expected along the Interstate 95 corridor from Boston through Bangor, Maine.

The second Nor'easter in a week dumps more than 2ft of snow in many places with temperatures set to plunge as the storm moves away
The second Nor'easter in a week has dumped more than 2ft of snow in some places as it continues to dump wet, heavy snow on New England on Thursday.
The late-winter storm left more than 800,000 customers without power in the Northeast — counting some who have been without electricity since last Friday's destructive nor'easter.
Montville, New Jersey, got more than 26 inches from Wednesday's nor'easter. North Adams, Massachusetts, registered 24 inches, and Sloatsburg, New York, got 26 inches.
Thousands of flights across the region were cancelled according to the Boston Herald.
A foot (30 cm) of snow and fierce wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour (88 km/h) were expected from eastern New York through northern Maine on Thursday after the storm slammed the region on Wednesday, the National Weather Service said in several watches and warnings.

200 million battered by 2 deadly storms on both sides of Atlantic: A bomb cyclone smashes the US northeast while storm Emma slams northern Europe
Almost 200 million battered by 2 storms on both sides of the Atlantic yesterday, a weather bomb smashed 70 million Americans along the northeast yesterday while more than 100 million people in Ireland, the UK and parts of Europe were battered by Storm Emma.
Wild weather is causing chaos on both sides of "the pond" as Atlantic storms smash into the US and Europe.
A bomb cyclone blasted the northeastern US with hurricane-force winds and severe coastal flooding while Storm Emma caused coastal flooding and buried entire communities in snow, causing travel chaos across UK and Ireland.

Tens of thousands of Californians ordered to evacuate from areas scorched by Thomas Fire as massive storm approaches threatening flash floods
Tens of thousands of Californians have been ordered to evacuate as an approaching storm brings the risks of "dangerous flash flooding, mud and debris flow," Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Thursday.
Mandatory evacuations of more than 20,000 people in Goleta, Santa Barbara, Summerland and Carpinteria were effective immediately, Brown said.
The order also includes Montecito, the community where at least 21 people were killed and two people were never found after mudflows in January.
The evacuations were taking place in areas scorched by December's massive Thomas Fire and two other blazes. Mark Olson was outside his home Thursday filling up bags with dirt from January's mudflows.

Polar Vortex Update UPDATE! The Beast From The East" and Storm Emma continue to cause havoc across Europe thousands stranded 55 DEAD
As The Polar Vortex, "The Beast From The East" and Storm Emma continue to cause havoc across Europe leaving thousands stranded.
The UK Ireland and large parts of Europe have endured another night of dangerously cold conditions as the Siberian "Beast From The East" continues to bring chaos.Hundreds of flights, rail services, schools and businesses have all been affected by the heavy snowfall and brutal cold.
The unusually cold spell is being felt as far south as the Mediterranean.
According to the BBC, the number of weather-related deaths rose to as many as 55 with 21 victims in Poland, most of them rough sleepers.
It triggered a warning from the World Health Organization that the poor, the homeless and migrants would be hardest hit by the big freeze.

UK ON RED ALERT! 8th named storm of the year "Emma" to bring galeforce winds and another 50cm of snow as "gas deficit warning" issued
The first day of meteorological spring is kicking off with gale-force winds and whiteouts, causing further misery for travellers as storm Emma is set to bring more misery later on in the day.
With windchill temperatures of -20 deg C (-4 deg F) from "The Beast Of The East," heavy snowfall and the eighth named storm of the year "Emma" bringing galeforce winds and another 50cm of snow, parts of the UK have been put on a red 'danger to life' weather warning for South-West England South Wales and Scotland.
Hundreds of people were reported stranded on motorways overnight.
The Met office has issued a red 'danger to life' weather warning for South-West England South Wales and Scotland as the bitter cold and snow will combine with Storm Emma, closing schools and businesses and causing travel chaos with many airports closed or expected to close.

The Arctic storm dubbed the "Beast from the East" saw temperatures across much of Europe fall Monday to their lowest level this winter and even brought a rare snowstorm to Rome, paralyzing the city and giving its residents the chance to ski, sled and build snowmen in its famous parks and piazzas. Rome's schools were ordered closed, while train, plane and bus services were crippled. Italy's civil protection agency even mobilized the army to help clear slush-covered streets as a city used to mild winters was covered by a thick blanket of snow.

Almost 100,000 homeless eight dead thousands of homes destroyed sparked by the La Nina weather phenomenon in La Paz Bolivia
The Bolivian government is mulling whether to declare a 'national disaster' due to severe flooding that has driven 85,000 people from their homes across the country.
"We have not dismissed the possibility of declaring a national disaster, although we still have the capacity to attend the national emergency declared by the executive branch through the three levels of government," Defense Minister Javier Zabaleta said on Saturday.
After touring flood-ravaged areas in Guanay, a town in north of La Paz department, Zabaleta told reporters in the capital that the heavy rains sparked by the La Nina weather phenomenon have claimed eight lives, washed away thousands of homes, and damaged cropland, bridges and roadways.

Global Warming, Cooling, Climat Change? We have it all! Six month sunless North Pole warmer than many parts of the Northern Hemisphere
Wheather or not you are sitting in the global warming camp or the global cooling camp there is something for everyone around the Northern Hemisphere in the coming days.
As Europe is witnessing it's coldest spell in years, Asia plunged into Arctic weather and Frigid weather returning to North America after once-in-100-year warmth along the Northeast of Canada and the US, the North Pole will be warmer than most of the above mentioned in the coming days despite the fact the Arctic circle has seen no Sun for the best part of six months.

UK and Europe to be plunged into it's coldest period for years as a dominant high-pressure system brings in frigid Arctic air from Syberia
A dominant high-pressure system is developing over northwestern Europe and is set to plunge the area into Arctic type conditions for the next ten days at least.
Western Europe and the UK will suffer their coldest period of the winter with many countries having to endure their coldest spell in years.
According to the Met Office, cold air will spread from Syberia carried from the jet stream towards the UK and western Europe.
Normally the jet stream this time of the year meanders across the Atlantic bringing cloudy, rain and mild weather, however later in the week the jet stream will take on an unusual path coming in from the northeast bringing in Arctic temperatures

'The first real winter we’ve had in several years'! Nearly 15 inches of snow, 35cm dumped on Chicago killing two with temps below 0 deg F (-18 C)
'The first real winter we’ve had in several years'
Nearly 15 inches of snow, 35cm and killing at least two people hit the US Midwest on Friday bringing chaos and snarling hundreds of flights as it rolled east to threaten New York state and New England.
The Chicago area had its heaviest snowfall since 2016 as the storm put an icy grip on much of Wisconsin, northern Illinois and Michigan.
According to Reuters, Weather forecasters in Detroit warned that snowfall there could surpass one inch (2.5 cm) an hour as the system headed east.
”This is the first real winter we’ve had in several years.” claimed a Chicago resident.

Jan 2018 Alaska highest temperature ever at 67 deg F Minnesota minus 40 deg F deemed colder than Mars NOAA January warmer than Average
An incredible statistic just released by NOAA shows whilst record snow and cold hit most of the US in January including Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, in fact, all 50 states were covered in snow at one stage during January, Alaska experienced the warmest January temperature on record: On January 14, the temperature at an NOAA tide gauge at Ketchikan reached 67 degrees F, the highest January daily temperature ever measured in Alaska, besting the previous record of 62 degrees set in January 2014.

Thousands of Indonesian residents evacuated due to flooding after authorities release water from flooding reservoir upstream
Thousands of residents in Indonesia's capital have been evacuated due to flooding, Jakarta's governor said on Tuesday, though the level of rivers swollen by the release of water from a reservoir upstream was dropping for now.
The torrential rain had also caused landslides in satellite cities around Jakarta, with eight people missing after two landslides around the city of Bogor, police said.
TV footage on Tuesday showed people wading through murky brown water in some neighborhoods of the capital Jakarta. City governor Anies Baswedan said about 6,500 people had been displaced by floods in parts of south and east Jakarta.

Moscow recorded the heaviest amount of snowfall ever in one day more than the February average after December recorded whole month without sunshine
It's been named the "Arctic invasion" by Russian meteorologists
Record snowfall and freezing rain have battered Moscow, with roads sheathed in snow and travel disrupted.
Moscow has recorded the heaviest amount of snowfall in one day with more than the monthly average  38cm (15 inches) falling on Saturday beating the previous record in 1957.
The incredible weight of the snow toppled more than 2,000 trees across the capital.
Although the snow has now stopped the next extreme is due to arrive today as a very cold front moves in.
Moscow set another record in December when it recorded the least amount of sunshine seen in an entire month.

It should be 20C rare snowstorm hits the Saudi Arabian desert days after Morocco North Africa saw -7°C with heavy snow and heavy snow in Algeria
A rare snowstorm has swept into the Saudi Arabian desert turning the sand white as the Middle East is hit by a freak Polar Blast. Incredible photos show the Tabuk region in the north-west, known for its blazing heat, covered in a blanket of snow as temperatures plummeted below freezing.
Hundreds of excited locals have been pictured playing in the snow, while many opted to go sledging down the sides of the hills, as they wasted no time in enjoying it before it melted away.

Severe heatwave in South Australia, with incredible temperatures in some areas nudging 50 deg C 122 deg F
Authorities have warned of a severe heatwave in South Australia, with temperatures in some areas nudging 50C today.
Adelaide's CBD climbed to a top of 41.8C today, while Marree Airport in the state's north west reached a staggering 47C just after 4pm.
Tonight the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a severe fire danger warning for the Mid North, Mount Lofty Ranges and Lower South East districts.

Morocco gateway to the Sahara Desert North Africa has nearly 1 million people in danger from temperatures as low as -7° C and heavy snow
Heavy snow and unusual, extreme cold weather in January has cut off thousands from major transport routes in Morocco's High and Middle Atlas regions, raising the risk of food shortages and dangerous living conditions for the affected communities. The combination of heavy snow and temperatures dropping as low as -7° C has caused water supply shortages, power outages, lack of heating and damage to homes. As food supplies dwindle farmers have reported the loss of livestock, prompting a surge in food prices.

Large parts of the country are in the grips of yet another heatwave, with experts warning the extreme weather could be fatal.
The current heatwave will see the mercury soar well above the average maximum temperature, with unusually humid conditions compounding the already dangerously hot weather.
Sarah Fitton, a senior meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology's National Operations Centre, said most of South Australia and Victoria and parts of NSW would be affected by a severe heatwave while parts of Tasmania would grapple with an extreme heatwave over the long weekend.
She said the mercury would rise up to 16 degrees above the average maximum temperature for large areas of the country.
Adelaide, Hobart and Melbourne will be the hottest capital cities, with Sunday's overnight temperature only dropping to an "uncomfortable" minimum of 27 degrees.

Georgina the 7th named storm of the season batter's Ireland and the UK with 90mph winds and flooding as next storm takes aim in the Atlantic
It's the seventh named storm of the winter, Storm Georgina, named by Met Éireann (Irish Met Office) has made landfall along the whole of the western coast of Europe after smashing into the UK and Ireland with gale-force winds, with another storm following offshore in the great North Atlantic storm factory.
Georgina the latest in a line of massive depressions rolling in from the Atlantic raged across Ireland, Scotland and England with 90mph winds and flooding from the torrential rain.

The river Seine in Paris is flooding parts of the city: Likely to hit the highest mark in over a century more than four metres above its normal height
After five weeks of relentless rain, the famous river has broken its banks.
Parisians have been warned to stay away from the river Seine as it continues to rise, flooding surrounding roads and causing disruption to the city's transport network.
As water levels increased on Wednesday, the capital's authorities said the river could pass the 6.10-metre (20ft) level of 2016, the highest in over a century and more than four metres above its normal height.

Rare snowstorm causing devastation: Flights, train services and highways disrupted: Hordes of workaholic Japanese to heed official advice to head home early
A rare snowstorm hit Tokyo on Monday, snarling train services, forcing the cancellation of scores of flights and prompting hordes of workaholic Japanese to heed official advice to head home early. Snow began falling on Monday morning, with as much as 10 cm (4 inches) predicted for central Tokyo by the time it is expected to stop early on Tuesday.
By 5:00 p.m. 6 cm (2.4 inches) had fallen in central Tokyo, as the snowfall intensified, NHK national broadcaster said.

"It's definitely some weird weather" 60 feet high waves (almost 20 metres) pound the Oregon Coast smashing windows and damaging buildings
A man is missing and coastal authorities were warning people to stay away from the beaches and cliffs as waves almost 60 feet high (almost 20 metres) were pounding the Oregon Coast on Thursday.
The forecast of dramatic seas and unusually high waves drew many people to the shore, and one 44-year-old man remained missing after being swept off a seawall near Depoe Bay on Thursday morning, according to information from the Depoe Bay Fire District.

Heatwave! Melbourne open tennis championship causing dizziness and heat blisters to players as temperatures reach 45C (111F)
As temperatures hit 40C today at the Melbourne open tennis championship causing dizziness and heat blisters to players, temperatures are forecast to nudge 45C as a five-day heatwave blankets southeast Australia.
The heat, which has fire services on ready alert, will be mostly centred on northern Victoria and southern NSW over the next few days with temperatures about 12C above average for this time of year.

Russia's Yakutia region temperatures of -84℃ (-119℉) are shattering and bursting thermometers as INSANE cold to last through January
It's insane!
On Tuesday, in Russia's Yakutia region, temperatures dropped to an unbelievable 84 degrees below zero.
Temperatures are so low that thermometers are freezing and bursting.
For the Yakutians, cold Januarys are normal, so life typically goes on.
But Tuesday's temperatures were so cold, schools were closed and people had been advised to stay indoors.

Most of the Gulf coast and deep South suffering crippling winds and record-breaking low temperatures as New Orleans smashes old low record
Most of the Gulf coast and deep South woke up this morning to sub-zero temperatures which cancelled flights, disrupted traffic and closed schools and businesses.
Crippling winds and record-breaking low temperatures were recorded in New Orleans and other cities in the US deep south.

Europe batters down the hatches as "Storm Fionn" the sixth named storm of the season begins arrives threatning galeforce winds and snow
"Storm Fionn" the sixth named storm of the season has arrived and is battering parts of Ireland and the UK with galeforce winds and sleeting rain and snow likely to cause chaos through Wednesday.
The high damaging winds along with heavy snow and coastal flooding are expected across the entire area of Ireland and the British Isles.

The enormous storm factory the Atlantic Ocean is preparing to batter Europe with another "BOMBOGENESIS" late Wednesday
The enormous storm factory, The Atlantic Ocean is preparing to batter Ireland, the UK and western Europe with another "BOMBOGENESIS," weather bomb late Wednesday and Thursday.
Out in the Atlantic, a massively deep and deepening depression is heading east toward Ireland and The British Isles and on Thursday is expected to impact north-west Europe.
Winds expected to reach 100mph + causing widespread damage to buildings flooding and loss of power to some areas.

At least another 60 people have died in Nepal bringing the total to 71 after severe cold with a further 143 dead just over the border in India
At least another 60 people have died in Nepal bringing the total to 71 after 11 died last week, with 143 more dead just over the border in Uttar Pradesh India from extreme cold in the area.
Twenty-six succumbed to the cold in Saptari while 17 died in Rautahat, nine in Parsa, seven in Siraha and six in Dhanusha.

Sahara snowfall! Temperatures in the summer can reach 40 deg C Ain Sefra, Algeria, known as the gateway to the Sahara desert covered in snow
It doesn't happen often, the last time it snowed here was 40 years ago.
Temperatures in the summer can reach 40 deg C but yesterday the small town of 1    was covered in snow.
A rare blanket of snow in the Sahara Desert was spotted over the weekend -- an unusual sight for an area known for its relentless heat.

Nearly 5,000 lightning strikes in 3 hours left thousands without power in Sydney after temperatures approaching 50 deg C melted roads
 Fast-moving storms swept across Sydney this morning. Photo: Nick Moir
After temperatures approaching 50 deg C, 122 deg F melted roads and killed thousands of flying fox bats the weather in Sydney has gone from one extreme to the other
A heavy thunderstorm hit Sydney with more than 4600 lightning strikes between 3am and 6am this morning, leaving thousands without power after days of extreme heat.

The longest cold snap in more than 80 years around Chicago area likely to end today with another drop in temperature expected by Thursday night
As is often the case, there's good and bad news when it comes to the weather in Chicago.
First, the bad news: Chicago tied a record Saturday for its nearly two-week-long cold snap, meteorologists said.
The good news is the weather is expected to start warming up dramatically on Sunday, putting an end to the longest cold snap in more than 80 years.

Thousands of people some with babies trapped in their vehicles by heavy snow overnight on a highway near Madrid Spain
Spain deployed 250 soldiers on Sunday (Jan 7) to help rescue thousands of people trapped in their vehicles by heavy snow overnight on a highway near Madrid, officials said.
The army's emergency unit UME said it sent two companies of specialist soldiers and 95 vehicles to free over 3,000 vehicles that became stranded on the AP6 highway linking Madrid and the northwestern city of Segovia.

Almost hottest day ever in Sydney temp hits 47.3 deg C 120 deg F Sunday! Aus vs Eng cricket match pitch side reaches 57.6 deg C: 136 deg F
Sydney recorded almost the hottest day ever in its history as the mercury reached 47.3 deg C, almost 120 deg F on Sunday.
The temperature fell just short of the all-time highest recorded in 1939 when the silver line stopped at 47.8 deg C.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, it was a scorching day that saw international tennis cancelled and residents flock to the beach in droves, the Bureau of Meteorology also felt the heat after mistakenly announcing it as metropolitan Sydney's hottest day.

China hit by second wave of snow after blizzard's earlier in the week leaving eleven dead and 2.5 million without power
Heavy snow has killed 13 people in east China's Anhui Province since Jan. 3, the provincial government announced on Friday.
The worst snowstorms since 2008 have so far affected 1.06 million people in the province, causing direct economic losses of 1.26 billion yuan (190 million U.S. dollars), and 790 million yuan (122 million U.S. dollars) of losses in agriculture, according to China's Xinhua news agency.
Nine cities including capital Hefei initiated emergency responses due to the snow.

Frigid hemisphere! Nepal is the latest cold-hell with 11 dead and hundreds in hospital as temperatures hit -31.5 C (-25 F)
The spell of a cold wave has claimed at least eleven lives in southern Nepal's districts of Terai region bordering India in the past two days, media reports said on Saturday.
Hundreds of locals have been taking to hospital suffering from hyperthermia.
Six people died of freezing cold in Saptari district and three in Rautahat district, mostly children and elderly people, Republica Newspaper reported referring local authorities.

Bombed! From Boston to Baltimore and beyond blizzard-stirred coastal flooding more frozen sharks airports closed 2ft snow expected in places
Massive flooding is wreaking havoc along New England's coast.
The blizzard-stirred coastal flooding in Boston could be the worst in history as reports of major flooding are pouring in from coastal Massachusetts communities on Thursday afternoon.
Parts of Causeway Street, Morrissey Boulevard and Seaport Boulevard in Boston are completely underwater, and the harbourside entrance at the MBTA's Aquarium Station is temporarily closed due to flooding.

'Bombogenesis' Grayson aiming to bomb Mid-Atlantic States and the Northeast as classic Nor’easter to bring blizzards and strong winds
A 'Bombogenesis' takes aim at U.S. Northeast adding to the crippling cold, bringing strong winds and blizzards and delivering the most powerful winter storm of the season for the Mid-Atlantic States and the Northeast Thursday.
The storm named Grayson has caused the cancellation of 3,000 flights with more than 5 inches of snow expected in New York and New England.

Kenya to experience one of the world's worst heat waves temperatures expected to hit more than 40 degrees Celsius (above 104 deg F) for the next month
For the first time in history, Kenya is expected to experience one of the world's worst heat waves, with temperatures expected to hit more than 40 degrees Celsius (above 104 deg F) during the day in northwestern and northeastern parts of the country.
A month-long weather forecast released by the Kenya Meteorological Department on Wednesday indicates that the looming heat wave will most likely be triggered by bursts of extreme heat that are expected to hit the two regions in the month of January.

Welcome to 2018: Heatwave in Alaska and Holland Freeze warnings for Florida Texas and the Gulf Coast Two massive storms batter Europe
While the most of the United States is dealing with record cold and ice, residents of Alaska are enjoying unusually warm weather.
In some parts of the country temperatures reached 10 degrees, which is unusual at this time of year, BNT reported.

Storm Eleanor impacts western Europe with 200,000 French without power flights cancelled in Holland as category 2 hurricane strength storm heads East
Storm Eleanor cuts power to 200,000 households in northern France on Wednesday after storm Carmen cut power to 65,000 households in western France on new years eve, Monday.
The storm is set to move to eastern regions throughout the day and is thought to bring more destruction.

Eleanorgeddon batters the UK and Ireland with category 2 strength hurricane winds of more than 100mph and devastating flooding
Tens of thousands of homes and businesses have been hit with a blackout as Storm Eleanor swept across the country.
ESB Networks said at least 55,000 households and other properties had been affected by the widespread outages in the west and north-west.
The areas worst hit are understood to be across Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim as the Atlantic storm moved in with gales gusting to 100mph in parts of Ireland and the UK.

Storm Eleanor to reach cyclone level as hurricane-force winds and torrential rain set to batter the UK and Ireland later tonight: Flood warnings
Flood warnings for most of England and Wales have been issued by the Met Office as Storm Eleanor takes aim for Ireland the UK and Western Europe.
According to the Daily Express, Storm Eleanor will reach cyclone level as it smashes into the UK with hurricane-force winds.

Gulf of Mexico and Florida under freeze warnings as the Arctic blast hits the deep south bringing record cold temperatures
The record-shattering Arctic cold which has hampered the new year celebrations in parts of the US has reached the deep south as freeze warnings were in place for in Florida and Texas on Monday.
The Northeastern United States is facing another cold wave at the end of the week according to Reuters.

It's weather madness on both sides of the Atlantic as parts the US records lowest cold; parts of Europe record highest warmth in living memory
Weather madness hits the Northern Hemisphere as extremes are recorded on both sides of the Atlantic.
While parts of the US are colder than Mars and are expected to have the coldest new years eve in living memoryHolland is enjoying it's warmest new years eve in living memory as the Limburg town of Ell recorded a temperature of 14 deg C (57. 2 deg F).

It's madness! Frozen sharks -40 deg F (-40 deg C) in Minnesota colder than Mars and the North Pole coldest New Year in living memory in the US
As parts of the US is considered colder than Mars some remarkable stat's are being banded around the net as some weather forecasters predict the cold will last well into January.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said it had found three dead thresher sharks frozen to death on the shore of the Cape Cod Bay in Brewster, south of Boston, in the last three days.

It's a Jet-Stream party pooper! Storm Dylan to bring galeforce winds of 80mph to the UK while parts of the US set to be as cold as a domestic fridge-freezer
The Jet Stream is set to disrupt new year celebrations on both sides of the pond as storm Dylan is set to batter the UK and Ireland with winds of 80mph while sucking down record cold temperatures from the Arctic with parts of the US colder than a domestic fridge-freezer!

New Year's Eve shocker! Temperatures in parts of the US to plummet to minus 36'6 deg C (minus 34 deg F): Meteorologists warn of frostbite
It's the kind of temperatures human beings shouldn't have to endure!
Most of the US will be plunged into Arctic conditions on New Year's Eve with some parts plummeting to minus 36.6 deg C (minus 34 deg F) with meteorologists warning of frostbite to exposed skin.

Almost 5 FEET of snow smashes Pennsylvania snow records as Erie receives 53 inches of snow in 30 hours

Record snow totals smashed as Erie, Pennsylvania receives 53 inches of snow in 30 hours, this is the greatest two-day total in the entire state of Pennsylvania.
The previous record was 44" in Morgantown, Pennsylvania on March 20 and 21, 1958.
It also beats the 13-day total snowfall record for Erie, Pennsylvania, which was 52.8" from Dec. 31, 1998, to January 12, 1998.

Temperatures colder than parts of the Arctic Circle to hit the US: Record mild air across the UK replaced with wind and rain for Christmas
Temperatures humans shouldn't have to endure will hit parts of the US this week as the jet stream will deliver an Arctic hell and dangerous conditions with temperatures colder than parts of the Arctic Circle.
Christmas day will see a dip in the jet stream deliver an Arctic blast into the Plains and the Great Lakes.

Penrith Sydney records the highest December temps on record with a maximum of 44.1C on Tuesday as Australian mercury surges upwards
A golfer in his 60s has died after collapsing in the heat in Sydney's south, as the city swelters through tops of 40C.
Emergency services were called to the Woolooware Golf Club, in Sydney's south, after the man collapsed about 1 pm.
A spokesperson said the man later went into cardiac arrest and died at the scene.

Summer madness arrives in Australia as temperatures hit the mid 40's C (113 deg F) in Sydney
Demand for ambulances has risen by 40 percent across the Sydney metro area today, with temperatures in the western suburbs hitting 40 degrees Celsius.
By 2:30pm Penrith had reached 43.4C, while several suburbs in Sydney's west had reached 40C, including Badgerys Creek, Bankstown, Camden and Horsley Park.
Areas in the east were spared thanks to some sea breezes.

"It's beginning to look like Christmas" Europe to receive the first widespread snow of the season from Germany to Finland
"It's beginning to look like Christmas," well, in Europe anyway, the first real widespread snow of the season is set to transform Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovakia along with the Czech Republic and the Baltic States from Wednesday night into Friday.
Cold air settling over eastern Europe ahead of this storm will set the stage for accumulating snowfall at all elevations with significant travel disruptions possible.
Snow will fall heavy at times Wednesday night from Austria into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The fifth named storm of the year Caroline to batter the UK and Ireland with high winds torrential rain and snow and another storm to hit Sunday
The fifth named storm of the year storm Caroline is set to batter the UK and Ireland with high winds torrential rain and snow in the grounds causing chaos to the islands once again.