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Massive heatwave kills at least 87 in Egypt

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A total of 87 people were killed and 302 hospitalised due to a massive heatwave in Egypt, the health ministry said on Friday. Eleven people, mostly elderly, died on Thursday raising the total toll to 87.
 
The 302 people were admitted to hospitals in the governorates of Cairo, Qena, Sohag, Giza, Qalioubiya and Assuit due to heat stroke and heat exhaustion, Hossam Abdel-Ghafer, health ministry spokesman told Al Ahram news. One hundred and forty two people were treated, while 149 are still under observation.
Courtesy of oneindia.com

Heatwave on the way to Lithuania

Heatwave Warning

This year’s biggest heatwave is expected in Lithuania this week, weather services said
Meteorologist Margarita Kirkliauskaitė told BNS that Saturday temperatures may surge to +35 degrees Celsius, i.e., the highest temperature reported this year. “We should wait until Saturday – we may not reach the +35 degrees, but the probability is high,” she added. The heatwave may subside for a while on Thursday, but the hot and dry spell will return in the following days. “The further tendency is that very warm weather will continue. We may not reach the +35 degrees but temperatures may be around +30 degrees. We do not see a stronger cool-down of +20 to +23 degrees, which was the case for the major part of the summer,” said the meteorologist.
Courtesy of en.delfi.lt

Severe heatwave of 52C (125.6F) hits the Middle East

Record Heat Alert

Intolerably high temperatures and soaring humidity are close to breaking meteorological records across region
A heatwave has engulfed much of the Middle East, sending temperatures and humidity soaring throughout the region. 
 
The searing heat, ailing infrastructure and power cuts have combined to create a particularly intolerable climate in an area already notorious for its hot summers.
 
In the southern Iraqi city of Basra, temperatures are expected to hover around 51C for most of the week and reach 52C at the weekend.
 
In Iraq, the government ordered a four-day holiday to help people deal with the heatwave, while residents in Lebanon without electricity have taken to sleeping on bare floor tiles to cool themselves amid the electricity cuts, unable to operate their air conditioning.
 
In Beirut, nestled on the Mediterranean coast, temperatures will hover in the 30s, but humidity levels of over 50% and the city’s increasingly frequent power cuts have combined to create an oppressive heat that has residents sweltering, just a week after stinking garbage piles spilled over into the city’s streets in a crisis that highlighted the government’s chronic dysfunction.
 
Those who can afford to, cool off at the city’s private beaches or swimming pools. Those who can’t are directing their anger at their failing government and in particular the state provider, Electricité du Liban, which has said it will ration supplies amid ongoing repairs at its power plants.
 
“We had electricity from 3 to 6am last night, and the power comes on one hour during the day,” said Hasan, who lives in Beirut’s southern suburbs, where power cuts have been especially dire during the heatwave. “Officials sit in their offices with electricity, so my message to them is to go kill themselves.”
 
In the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, where citizens are protesting against stubborn power cuts that have made the height of summer even more unbearable, a high of 49C will be the norm this week.
 
The Iraqi meteorological agency said temperatures around the country this week would average 48-51C. 
 
On Friday, a combination of extreme heat and humidity, made the air in the Iranian city of Bandar Mahshahr feel like 73C although the actual temperature there was around 46C. The city, which has a population of around 150,000, is situated in Iran’s south-western oil-rich province of Khuzestan, close to the Iraqi border.
 
Pictures posted online showed traffic cones across Bandar Mahshahr melting due to the heatwave.
 
“That was one of the most incredible temperature observations I have ever seen and it is one of the most extreme readings ever in the world,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Anthony Sagliani in a statement.
 
The Gulf states will also endure temperatures as high as 48C in Kuwait City, and the mid-40s in Dubai and Riyadh. 
 
A weekend dust storm in Jordan wreaked havoc on Queen Alia international airport, diverting planes and engulfing the facility with giant plumes of smoke. 
 
“Around the Persian Gulf, where water temperatures are in the lower to middle-90s (30sC), the extreme heat combines with incredibly high humidity to produce astounding apparent temperatures,” according to Sagliani.
 
Experts say the high temperatures, which have come close to breaking regional records, are the result of a high atmospheric pressure ridge hovering above much of the Middle East that has persisted since July.
 
A heatwave in Pakistan earlier this summer killed hundreds of people.
Courtesy of theguardian.com

Severe heatwave sparks wildfires in central Syria

Wild Fire Alert

A heatwave gripping the Middle East region reaches central Syria, sparking wildfires around Home and adding difficulty to the lives of people in the war-ravaged country.
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Sweltering heatwave of 43C (109.4F) continues in Jordan

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More scorching weather is forecast today as the kingdom continues to bake in a sweltering heatwave which pushed temperatures well beyond their seasonal average by 4 to 5 degrees Celsius.
 
The weather will remain hot across the kingdom while the southern port city of Aqaba is set to see mercury levels breaking the 40 degrees Celsius barrier to reach 43 degrees Celsius.
 
The highs will remain in the 36-37 degrees Celsius vicinity in Amman and in the kingdom’s highlands, north and south, the Jordan Meteorological Department says in its daily update.
 
This is the first major heat wave to hit the kingdom this summer. Over the past three months, temperatures remained around their seasonal average and even below average sometimes.
 
No heat-related incidents have been reported so far but authorities continue to warn of sunstrokes and advise citizens to avoid direct sunshine especially at peak hours.
 
In such conditions, people are advised to drink plenty of fluids to ensure their bodies maintain efficient hydration all the time. People’s reliance on air conditioners and fans pushed the national power grid’s load to 2,500 megawatts on Friday and is set to reach 2,800 megawatts today and a record-high of 3,000 megawatts on Sunday, the government-owned electricity company said. The kingdom’s maximum electric power load is 4,000 megawatts.
 
Despite the heat it brought, the current heat wave, originating from the Indian subcontinent, remains less biting of that of 2010 when temperature hit 40 degrees Celsius in Amman.
Courtesy of petra.gov.jo

Severe heatwave kills 5 and hospitalises at least 3,000 in Japan

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Five people were killed and more than 3,000 hospitalised in Japan in a heatwave that swept the country last week, media reported on Wednesday.
 
The dead were elderly people who suffered from heat-stroke as temperatures crossed 39 degrees Celsius, accompanied by humidity of more than 63 percent.
 
At least 3,200 people, most of them over 65 years of age, were hospitalised across the country over the last eight days, Kyodo news agency reported citing government figures.
 
Eight of those hospitalised were in critical condition, according to state broadcaster NHK.
 
The Japan Meteorological Agency, or JMA, has advised residents of the regions most-affected by the heatwave to stay well-hydrated and avoid direct exposure to the sun.
 
Weather forecasts say the heatwave will recede from Wednesday onwards.
 
The month of June has been the hottest globally since weather records began to be kept around the end of the 19th century, JMA reported on Wednesday.
 
Average global surface temperature in June 2015 was 0.41 degree Celsius higher than the average registered between 1981 and 2010, and 0.76 degree Celsius above the average for the entire 20th century, according to JMA.
Courtesy of business-standard.com

MAIN HEATWAVE TO STRIKE UK FROM 20TH JULY

Heatwave Alert

THAT’S RIGHT, ANOTHER HEATWAVE IS ON THE WAY FROM SOUTHERN EUROPE AND WILL STRIKE FROM MONDAY 20TH JULY

TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE HIGH 20’S GOING INTO THE 30’S

HEATWAVE TO LAST A FEW DAYS
  • HAVE A VARIED AMOUNT OF WATER INTAKE
  • SUN BLOCK USE WHERE APPLICABLE
  • CHECK ON THE VULNERABLE
  • MAKE SURE VEHICLE RADIATORS ARE CHECKED ON WATER AMOUNT
  • GRASSLAND WILL BE VERY DRY AND PRONE TO FIRES

***BE ALERT***

Severe heatwave knocks TV station off air in France

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The heatwave scorching much of Europe had an unusual victim on Saturday – Franco-German TV channel Arte was forced off the air for five hours. Meanwhile, thousands of holidaymakers were stuck in traffic jams on France’s motorways.
 
Viewers of Arte, which broadcasts highbrow programmes to France and Germany, could not watch their favourite channel on TV from 7.00am Saturday till 12.26, although it was available on the the channel’s website.
 
The heat at its headquarters in Alsace, eastern France, was so intense that an electrical supply unit caught fire.
 
The flames also seem to have knocked out the emergency generators that should have provided back-up.
 
At 39°C, Strasbourg was one of the hottest places in France Saturday.
 
Although 13 fewer areas were on orange alert, Lyon and much of eastern France were sweltering under temperatures around 37°C.
 
The heat was intense on the main motorway heading south from the capital, which was packed with the first major exodus of holidaymakers of the summer.
 
There were a total of 300 kilometres of traffic jams across the country on Saturday, in some cases doubling journey times of families hoping to reach the Mediterranean beaches.
 
Rail services were not affected, according to the rail company SNCF, although the heat did cause delays earlier in the week.
 
The authorities said Saturday that it was too early to say whether there has been a significant rise in physical casualties.
 
Doctor Patrick Pelloux, who sounded the alarm in the 2003 heatwave that cost 19,000 lives, said there had been a 20 per cent rise in calls to emergency services in heatwave-affected areas on Friday night, although he added that lessons have been learned in the last 12 years.
Courtesy of english.rfi.fr

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated

Heatwave Warning

Switzerland is preparing for the most intense heatwave in almost 12 years with weather experts predicting high temperatures above 35C for the first eight to ten days of July
The torrid conditions across the country are expected to be the warmest since 2003 when thousands of people — mostly elderly — succumbed to the heat across Europe, weather specialist meteonews said on its website on Monday.
 
From August 3rd to 13th in 2003 maximum temperatures exceeded 35C for 11 days, the website noted.
 
Forecasts are calling for the same kind of heat starting on Wednesday and continuing until at least July 8th as a stable high pressure system extends from the Atlantic Ocean to Central Europe.
 
The mercury will start nudging 30C or more on Tuesday in Geneva, Sion (canton of Valais), Bern, Basel and Lugano in the canton of Ticino.
 
The following day, anticipated highs will reach 35C in Sion and Basel, where the maximum is set to reach 37 degrees on Thursday and 38C on Friday.
 
While thunderstorms may bring brief respite in mountain areas, low temperatures at night are forecast to remain above 20C in many parts of the country.
 
Such extended periods of hot weather are relatively rare in Switzerland with the most recent example being a week in July 2006, when high readings above 30C were recorded every day.
 
Medical experts from various cantons are counselling elderly people and young children to stay indoors.
 
The canton of Vaud’s medical doctor warned that the general population should avoid physical activities from 11am to 3pm during the heatwave period.
 
In cases of heat stroke — with symptoms such as general weaknesses, dry mouth, confusion, vertigo, disorientation, nausea and cramps — people are advised to call a doctor without delay.
 
Meteonews says other advice for dealing with the above-average temperatures includes:
 
— drink at least two litres of water per day, while avoiding alcohol, fats and sugars
 
— wear light-coloured clothing and if you are going outside wear a cap or other hat
 
— freshen up by having at least one shower a day
 
— seek out cool, shaded areas
 
— if you have air conditioning, avoid setting the temperature below 21C — great differences between the heat indoors and outdoors can lead to sore throats and cases of angina
 
— ensure that elderly people — many of whom lose their sense of thirst — have enough to drink 

 
— keep infants away from confined spaces and ensure they in a place with adequate air flow.
Courtesy of thelocal.ch

**HEATWAVE TO STRIKE UK**

Heatwave Warning

THAT’S RIGHT, THE MAIN HEATWAVE IS ON THE WAY FROM SOUTHERN EUROPE AND WILL STRIKE FROM MONDAY 29TH JUNE

TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE HIGH 20’S GOING INTO THE 30’S

HEATWAVE TO LAST INTO JULY
  • HAVE A VARIED AMOUNT OF WATER INTAKE
  • SUN BLOCK USE WHERE APPLICABLE
  • CHECK ON THE VULNERABLE
  • MAKE SURE VEHICLE RADIATORS ARE CHECKED ON WATER AMOUNT
  • GRASSLAND WILL BE VERY DRY AND PRONE TO FIRES

***BE ALERT***