Heat wave

Persistent US heat wave claims six lives, scorching conditions set to continue

A scorching heat wave over the mid-Atlantic and Northeast US shows no signs of relief. Persistent hot weather conditions have caused six deaths so far, according to media reports. 32.2 °C (90 °F) was recorded in Cleveland on July 24, 2016. The day was the...

July 26, 2016

Middle East breaks all-time maximum temperature records with 54 °C (129.2 °F)

Maximum daily temperatures across much of the Middle East have reached extreme levels this week, with numerous all-time records broken. On July 21, Kuwait has set the 'most reliable' eastern hemisphere's all-time maximum temperature record at 54 °C...

July 24, 2016

Extreme heat triggers heavy thunderstorms, UK

Colloquially, British summer is described as three nice days then a thunderstorm. It proved so again this week when the UK's hottest day of the year, July 19 (33.5 °C / 92.3 °F in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire), ended in heavy thundery weather in the...

July 21, 2016

Arctic Alaska records highest temperature ever

The maximum daily temperature in Deadhorse, Far North Alaska reached 29.4 °C (85 °F) on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. This is the highest temperature ever known to be recorded in that area, NWS Fairbanks said. Although high temperatures were recorded across a...

July 15, 2016

Intense US heat wave breaks temperature records, sparks violent wildfires

A record-breaking heat wave wrapped large portion of the US Southwest and parts of California over the last couple of days. Numerous new temperature records have been set in San Diego County alone while the hot and dry conditions fueled spreading of several...

June 21, 2016

Record breaking heat wave expected across the southwestern US over the next few days

An intense heat wave over the southwestern US has been forecast for the coming weekend and will likely continue to cause extremely high temperatures throughout the beginning of the next week. Temperatures between 10 and 15 °F (5.5 and 8.3 °C) above average...

June 17, 2016

India records its hottest temperature ever - 51 °C (123.8 °F)

The city of Phalodi, in India's Rajasthan, has set a new temperature record for the entire country hitting a scorching 51 °C (123.8 °F) on May 19, 2016. According to the IMD, the previous high was 50.6 °C (123 °F), reached in 1956 in the city of...

May 20, 2016

Record-breaking heat wave sparks fires across Israel

A fierce heatwave accompanied by strong and dusty winds is spreading across Israel. According to media reports, more than 370 people were treated for heat-related conditions, including fainting, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke on May 14 and 15, 2016. Eilat in the...

May 16, 2016

Heat wave firmly grips India, 340 people dead

The intense heat wave in India is holding a firm grip on the region since April 2016. At least 340 people have died so far, 102 of which in May only. Temperatures have locally risen above 45°C (113 °F), according to media reports, and a significant drop is...

May 16, 2016

Thailand suffers strongest heat wave in last 65 years

Thailand is currently experiencing its longest heat wave in the last 65 years as average April temperatures climbed over 40 °C (104 °F). So far, 21 people died of heat-related conditions. Residents are strongly advised to remain indoors as much as possible...

April 29, 2016

330 million affected by severe drought and water shortage across India

Southern and Eastern India are struggling with the consequences of severe drought caused by an early season heat wave and the lack of relief from monsoon rain. Dangerously high temperatures have so far claimed over 160 lives while 330 million people are affected by...

April 20, 2016

Early-season heat wave sweeping across India, 66 deaths by April 6

An early-season heat wave is sweeping across India and the unbearable hot weather has already claimed lives of 66 people. Deadly heatwave in May 2015 claimed almost 2 500 lives across the country, most of them in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, but 2016 begun smashing...

April 06, 2016

A spell of unseasonably warm weather in Japan

Parts of central and western Japan experienced a spell of spring-like weather over the weekend of February 13, 2016. Warm conditions, usually observed in July, were reported across the affected area, accompanied by heavy rainfall and strong winds. A warm air mass,...

February 15, 2016

Perth in a firm grip of an intense heat wave after 83 years, Western Australia

A strong heat wave has been holding a firm grip on Perth in Western Australia over the last couple of days. Temperatures above 40 °C (104 °F) were measured for the fourth day in a row on February 10, 2016. Such weather conditions were only recorded 83 years...

February 10, 2016

Persistent drought threatens South Africa's food supplies

Record high temperatures were recorded in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 7, 2016. The region has been facing persistent drought conditions and related food shortage since December 2015 when the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued an alert...

January 08, 2016

Severe heatwave conditions spark fires across southern Australia

Severe to extreme heat conditions have wrapped southern Australia as a hot air mass settled across the region since December 17, 2015. A number of fires have wreaked havoc across the affected areas and firefighters struggle to contain them. Extremely hot conditions...

December 20, 2015

Warm and dry conditions to continue across the US West

Unusually warm and dry weather has been persistent across the US West during October 2015. A number of temperature records have already been broken, and hot conditions are expected to continue throughout the week, increasing the risk of wildfires in already...

October 12, 2015