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Europe’s searing heatwave breaks temperature records

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Europeans have their umbrellas out but not for the rain. This time they’re trying to protect themselves from record heat that is sweeping across continental Europe. Many European cities are not designed for the high heat with air-conditioning not a common addition to most homes.

Whilst the temperatures, exceeding Fahrenheit 100 degrees, are not uncommon in other parts of the world,  they are way above seasonal averages for the region. The heat wave is also unusual because of its timing – episodes of intensely hot weather are more common during July and August in Europe.

France has recorded its highest-ever temperature yesterday. The temperature hit 45.9 degrees Celsius in Gallargues-le-Montueux in southern France, according to the French national weather service Météo-France. That’s nearly 2 degrees higher than the previous record in 2003. The 2003 heat wave killed 14,000 people.

Students were told to stay home from some 4,000 French schools that were closed and opening hours of parks and public swimming pools were extended to provide people some respite from the searing heat.

Climate scientists are warning that heat waves are becoming more frequent and increasingly severe because of the climate crisis. Météo-France estimated the frequency of such events is expected to double by 2050.

In Spain, firefighters have been battling a 15,000 acre wildfire near Tarragona in the country’s northeast.  The fire has been raging since Wednesday.  Firefighters said the blaze was one of the worst in Catalonia in the last 20 years.

This week Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic recorded their highest-ever June temperatures on Wednesday. The German Weather Service said temperature of 38.6 degrees Celsius was recorded on Wednesday in Coschen, on the country’s border with Poland.

Stefan Rahmstorf, co-chairman of Earth system analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and professor at Potsdam University in Germany, says Europeans will just have to get used to more heatwaves in the future and plan accordingly.

“Mounting heatwaves are exactly what climate scientists predicted because of rising global temperatures caused by increases in greenhouse gas emissions from burning coal, oil and gas.”

SOURCE: CNN



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TMD issues a new weather warning for tropical storm Danas

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The Thai Meteorological Department has issued another warning about tropical storm Danas since saying it’s on the move, from the Philippines’ Luzon, north and north-eastward into the East China Sea. The storm appears headed for Taiwan and likely to dump plenty of heavy rain on the way.

The storm is ‘sucking’ in moisture from the Indian Ocean across southern Thailand, causing additional rain in the southern and central provinces.

The influence of DANAS will intensify the monsoon across the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand on July 18 and 19 brining outbreaks of heavy rain to the South, the East and the lower Central regions of Thailand.

“People should beware of flash floods and water runoff, according to the warning.”

TMD advises that all ships proceed with caution, and small boats remain ashore.

Possible isolated heavy rains are forecast for…

July 18

Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Lop Buri and Saraburi, Sa Kaeo, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.

July 19

Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Lop Buri and Saraburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung and Songkhla, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.

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Search continues off Phuket’s Freedom Beach for two missing Filipinos

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Phuket rescue volunteers are continuing their search for 2 Filipinos washed off their feet in high waves at Freedom Beach, south of Patong Beach, in Phuket. The two people have been identified as 29 and 40 year old men. The went missing late yesterday afternoon.

Kusoldham Phuket Rescue Foundation received a report concerning the two missing Filipino tourists after they were last seen wading at Freedom Beach, in between Karon and Patong Beach on Phuket’s west coast.

As soon as their friends informed local officials about the incident, the rescue team split into several groups searching up and down the beach but there was no sign of the two missing people in the fading light.

The diving team remain at the scene today but have been unable to dive due to the high waves and treacherous condition. They say the waves are very high and strong while the rain has been heavy, forcing the rescue team to pause the search temporarily. They will resume the search as soon as it’s safe to do so. Meanwhile, they have been searching the waters off Freedom Beach by boat this morning.

Friends of the two tourists say that before they went missing, there were a of 12 in the group. They went to Freedom Beach and headed to the water. While they were playing in the shallows, the two men were swept away by strong waves and disappeared. The friends tried to help but were not able to do so, so they rushed to tell the van driver who later contacted the police and rescue teams.

SOURCE: Workpoint News

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“Worst drought in living memory”, Thai farmers in the north

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Parts of Thailand are facing their worst drought in 50 years. Farmers in some parts of the north and north east say that the situation is the “worst in living memory”, as reported in Sanook.

Meanwhile, The Meteorological Department says Thailand will experience the worst drought in at least a decade, with average precipitation across large regions of the country falling far short of the monthly averages.

Sanook reports that rivers and reservoirs are 10% below the levels at the same time last year in Lamphun, just south of the north city of Chiang Mai. Farmers are being urged to be pro-active and collect any rainwater over the next two months because there is unlikely to be enough to go round from the usual irrigation sources in the region.

Sanook also reports that areas around Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand’s north-east are also facing the worst drought in 50 years.

Water levels in large reservoirs stand around 38% capacity in the North, 33% in the North-east, 22% in the Central Plains, 35% in the East, 67% in the West, and 60% in the South, according to figures released by the Office of National Water Resources and published in the Bangkok Post.

In the tourist island of Phuket the three main catchments are all below 10-15% of their capacity as the annual wet season has provided little rain to start filling them up. The island is facing an acute water shortage for the tourist season at the end of the year.

SOURCE: Sanook | Bangkok Post

Phuket’s main water catchment at Bang Wad Dam in Kathu, central Phuket

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