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Adelaide is having its hottest Christmas Day in decades and has become the hottest capital city in Australia.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the temperature in the South Australian city reached 41.3C (106.3F) at 3.50pm.
“The last time when we had about 40C on Christmas Day was in 1945 and the temperature back then was 40.1C, so we’ve broken that record,” forecaster Kenneth Cheung told AAP.
Beach goers – in Adelaide and other parts of the country – posted pictures of themselves sunbathing and trying to cool off in the water as a heatwave affected large parts of southern and eastern Australia.
Melbourne recorded a maximum temperature of 36.3C, which was the hottest Christmas since 1998, according to local news reports.
In Sydney, with a comparatively mild 27.4C, many crowded the popular Bondi Beach outside Australia’s largest city.
Earlier this month, Sydney sweltered through its hottest December night in 148 years: 27.1C on 14 December.
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I left my apartment today in a just a t-shirt, checking out the golden trees on my block, cheerful as can be while soaking up the warmth of the sun.
The only problem with this picture is that it’s October. And I live in New York. And this isn’t supposed to be happening.
As CNN explains, over 25 cities in America have experienced record high temperatures for this time of year, and 40 cities might break more records this week.
There’s a lot of meteorological jargon I could report right now that you would not read, but basically there’s a thing called a “Bermuda High” and its sent hot, dry air into the northeast.
Some places might get into the 80s and 90s today and tomorrow, with the warmest temperatures set to come in the southwest and southeast.
The dryness and heat is only making the drought conditions the southeast has been experiencing all summer even worse.
As CNN points out, much of the Southeast currently has some sort of water restriction already put into place, so this extreme heat is just going to make that situation way worse.
I don’t think it should come as much of a surprise to any of us that weather abnormalities like this keep happening.
Of course, increases in extreme highs and extreme lows of temperature also brings more severe storms.
Global warming, a subject both presidential candidates barely even bring up, has been proven to lead to more and more extreme weather conditions, which will continue to put lives and property at risk.
Of course, nobody seems to really care about that any more. Sometimes, I feel like fear over one of the worst threats to our species became cliché and lame to talk about around 2008.
God help us all. (God is the name of my pet lizard, who is extremely good at coming up with ideas for alternative energy sources.)
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As France is experiencing record-breaking heat so late in the summer, French zoos are trying to help animals cope with high temperatures.
While people may find the unprecedented heat a chance to enjoy the sea for a longer while, some zoo animals find it unbearable.
To help them cool off, caretakers at Ménagerie du Jardin des plantes zoo in Paris are providing the animals with scented ice-cubes or water sprays.
Animals at the Plant Garden also get to snack on watermelon pieces or other fresh treats that are served in their cages or in pools.
Sprinklers also help more sensitive species keep their cool and make it through the intense heat. Almost half of France was on high alert on Saturday due to the heat wave.
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The current heat wave in Belgium has become historic because it has happened so late in the year.
The temperature was 30.2° at 4pm on Saturday, according to meteorologist David Dehenauw.
The Royal Meteorological Institute (IRM) defines a heat wave as a period of five consecutive days with a temperature of at least 25°, with at least three “tropical” days. Tropical means at least 30° in Uccle, a national reference point.
The heat wave started on Tuesday, and is expected to last until Sunday, says David Dehenauw. The temperature is expected to drop to 25° on Monday.
It’s the first heat wave of 2016, as well as the latest and first September heat wave of the 21st century.
This is the 9th heat wave in Belgium since the start of the century. The others were in 2001, 2003, 2005, two were in 2006, and the rest were in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
On Saturday, it was still hot in Gaume (34.8) and Bierset (33.8).
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If you’re feeling flustered by the mini-heathwave over parts of the UK and Europe at the moment, then you’ll want to avoid the Middle East right now. On Thursday a blistering temperature of 54C (129.3F) was recorded in Kuwait, firmly putting our hot spell into context. It is the highest temperature ever recorded in the eastern hemisphere and almost certainly the highest temperature ever recorded on earth.
A weather station in Mitribah, a remote featureless area of north-west Kuwait, took the temperature last week during an intense heatwave that continues in parts of the Middle East. The mercury in neighbouring Iraq on the same day soared to 53.9C (129F) in the ancient city of Basra.
If verified by the World Meteorological Organisation, they will almost certainly be the two highest temperatures ever recorded on the planet.
Until now the official record for the highest temperature was 56.7C (134.1F) on 10 July 1913 at Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California. But many modern meteorologists are sceptical of the record, arguing that the equipment used at the time was prone to error and not as reliable as modern recording methods.
Records show nearby places were nowhere near as hot and the wind conditions not favourable for such high temperatures, they argue.
According to Weather Underground meteorologist Christopher Burt: “That record has been scrutinized perhaps more than any other in the United States. I don’t have much more to add to the debate aside from my belief it is most likely not a valid reading when one looks at all the evidence.”
Dr Jeff Masters, also of Weather Underground, noticed the record-breaking quality potential in Kuwait, describing it as “a historic day”.
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A record temperature has been set in India, where the mercury rose to 51 degrees Celsius (123.8 Fahrenheit) in the north-western town of Phalodi.
The previous record of 50.6 Celsius had stood for 60 years.
That, too, was set in the state of Rajasthan – recorded in the city of Alwar in 1956.
This is the second year that India has experienced very high temperatures.
Its meteorological department issued a heat alert for Delhi on Wednesday when a temperature of 47 degrees was recorded in the capital.
Alerts have also been issued for three states – Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
Temperatures are not expected to drop until late on Saturday, while this year’s monsoon rains are predicted to be late.
A quarter of the population – around 330 million people – are now affected by water shortages, because of a drought accompanying the heat.
The government is sending trains and tankers to parts of central India where drinking water is in short supply.
A man walks on a dry reservoir bed next to the Gundar Dam
According to the Central Water Commission, water availability from the country’s 91 reservoirs has fallen to 29%, the lowest in a decade.
Wells have run dry in thousands of villages and ground water has become depleted.
River levels have fallen considerably, too.
Crops in more than a dozen states have been destroyed.
Some people have moved to camps where livestock can be provided with fodder and water.
In an attempt to lessen the effects of future heatwaves, the federal government is planning to interlink rivers in a project forecast to cost $168bn.
The intention is to move 174 billion cubic metres of water annually from one area to another.
May is typically the hottest and driest month in India.
During last year’s heatwave, 2,135 people died because of the soaring temperatures.
This year’s statistics are yet to be released.
Villagers collect water after a tanker delivery in Shahapur
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THE Public Health Ministry in Thailand said 34 people have died from heat-related illnesses in under two months amid the El-Nino heatwave that has struck the country.
The official figures were released by the ministry on Saturday revealed the number of deaths from the beginning of March until April 22.
The sweltering heat, according to a report in Coconuts Bangkok, is expected to continue for the remainder of the week as the the Meteorological Department has predicted that the rainy season could begin on May 15.
Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Dr Sophon Mekthon reminded the public to remain indoors and to avoid outdoor activities to prevent heat exhaustion.
He added that everyone should drink at least one litre of water hourly, even if they were not thirsty.
Earlier this month, the AFP reported that the El-Nino cycle, which began last year, is expected to dissipate in the middle of this year and would be replaced by the La Nina phenomenon, which brings with it a high potential for flooding in the region.
Last year, 56 people had succumbed to the heatwave, the bulk of which were laborers and those involved in outdoor activities.
The average peak temperature each day in April was above 40 degrees Celsius, with the mercury spiking one day to 44.3 degrees Celsius – just short of the all-time record.
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AUTHORITIES in Thailand have urged the public to stay indoors to avoid the hot weather as the country was facing the longest heatwave in over half a century.
In the wake of the situation, animals at Bangkok’s zoo were being fed special frozen fruit pops while people are flocking to shopping malls just to soak up the air-conditioning.
Although Thailand is typically hot and sweaty in April, this year’s scorching weather has set a record for the longest heatwave in at least 65 years.
The average peak temperature each day this month has been above 40 degrees Celsius, with the mercury spiking one day to 44.3 degrees Celsius – just short of the all-time record.
The heatwave has also fueled a new record for energy consumption and prompted health warnings on everything from food-borne illness to drowning, both of which rise every April when Thailand’s hottest month coincides with school summer break.
“As of now we can say we’ve broken the record for the highest temperatures over the longest duration in 65 years – and the season isn’t over yet,” said Surapong Sarapa, head of the Thai Meteorological Department’s weather forecast division.
He added that 1960 – the year Thailand began keeping national weather records – was the last time the weather was this hot.
On this very day (April 27) in 1960, Thailand posted its hottest day ever recorded with 44.5 degrees Celsius in the northern province of Uttaradit.
Countries across Southeast Asia are also feeling the heat, which scientists say is triggered by El Niño, a warming of parts of the Pacific Ocean that changes weather worldwide and tends to push global temperatures up. El Niño has also been blamed for causing the worst drought in decades across the region.
Neighboring Malaysia is predicted to endure another two months of hot as the El Niño phenomenon is expected to only dissipate in June, based on an analysis by the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States.
Thailand’s Department of Disease Control has warned people to beware of food poisoning and other food-related illnesses that typically increase during hot weather when bacteria can thrive on unrefrigerated food.
“Stay indoors, try to limit activity outdoors. Wear sunglasses, wear hats with large brims. Drink more water than usual,” the disease control center said in a statement this week.
It also reminded the public of the increased risk of drowning in hot weather as children flock to Thailand’s beaches, ponds and lakes to take a swim.
“Do not let young children out of your sight for even a brief moment,” the statement said, noting that an average of 90 children die every month in Thailand from drowning, but that number increases to about 135 in April.
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AUSTRALIA’S southern states are in the grip of record-breaking heatwaves — with summer-like conditions set to continue for at least another week.
New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia have already experienced above average March temperatures.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Agata Imielska said weather records had been broken in recent weeks but more looked set to be smashed in coming days.
Sydney has seen 29 consecutive days of temperatures 26C or above, breaking its previous record of 19 consecutive days from March 2014.
“It will probably keep going because Sydney is looking like it’s going to have a nice period of high temperatures with 28-29C this weekend and above 30-32C days forecast from Sunday 30 or 32 each day, ” Ms Imielska said.
The mercury is expected to nudge 30C in Sydney, and higher in the western suburbs, every day next week.
Ms Imielska said Sydney ocean temperatures were sitting on a mild 24 degrees and contributing to the mercury not dropping below 19C overnight more than twice since the start of February.
“It’s a good stretch of nice settled weather spilling over from summer,” she said,
“Summer hasn’t released its grip on our weather just yet.”
Much of Australia is sweltering through the hottest start to Autumn in decade. Picture: BOM
But conditions will be less than idyllic in other parts of the country, from this weekend.
BOM senior forecaster Adam Morgan said west NSW was in for a scorcher with Wagga Wagga and Albury to endure extreme temperatures with the potential to break more records.
“In Albury we’re forecasting seven days in a row above 38C and that will penetrate to eastern SA and west NSW,” he said.
The last time the mercury hit 38C for the region in March was in 2008 and lasted only one day.
VIC is expected to see the worst of the heatwave caused by a blocking high pressure system in the Tasman Sea.
“Most of the heat is going to be focused in the north western ranges,” Mr Morgan said.
“We could easily see some more records broken in Victoria for consecutive hot days.
“Victoria is mostly predicted to be in the high to very high fire danger range today and over the weekend, with a chance of moving to severe fire danger.
“Winds will be light to moderate which might not bump up the fire danger to severe but forecasters are watching it very closely.”
Mr Morgan said Australia was still under the influence of the El Niño event, which was partly responsible for making the first month of Autumn mimicking summer.
“The El Nino is expected to decay by mid this year but for now its effects are still being felt,” he said.
“It’s going to be a while until we see any cold fronts or cool changes yet.”
Courtesy of news.com.au