New UK research predicts extremes of weather will hit food production Global heating could bring many more bouts of severe drought as well as increased flooding to Africa than previously forecast, scientists have warned. New research says the continent will experience many extreme outbreaks of intense rainfall over the next 80 years. These could trigger devastating floods, storms and disruption of farming. In addition, these events are likely to be interspersed with more crippling droughts during the growing season and these could also damage crop and food production.
In anticipation, Cal Fire has identified 35 top-priority projects to thin vegetation in vulnerable communities Last November, the deadliest wildfire in California history killed 85 and . Now California’s fire season is starting to heat up again – and officials are bracing for the worst. As California grappled with a record-breaking heatwave last week, the state saw 236 wildfires – one of which grew to more than 2,500 acres before it was largely contained. So far this year, California has faced 1,746 wildfires, burning through more than 15,500 acres of land.
A landslide sweeps across a road in China's Fujian province, in the south-east, pushing cars before it. Days of rain have caused havoc, affecting hundreds of thousands of people and submerging vast swathes of farmland. More than 60 people are feared dead.
Arctic ice melt has weakened the jet stream, and over the last week a low pressure system has been trapped above eastern Britain For the last week Britain has been encircled by a gigantic loop in the jet stream, the result of which has been some remarkably wet weather for the east of the country. While welcome for , it is a stark warning of weather patterns to come.
Heatwaves in Poland led to 33C temperatures while severe floods in China caused landslides Hailstones the size of golf balls rained down on Bavaria in Germany last week, part of a severe thunderstorm that resulted in damage to cars and property. The storm, linked to the same weather system that brought the first bout of to England and Wales, also had heavy downpours of rain and strong winds, along with the 5cm-wide hailstones. In neighbouring Poland and the Baltic countries, there was also an early-season heatwave, with temperatures reaching 33C in Warsaw last week – 10 degrees above the seasonal norm. A record demand for electricity on a summer morning in Poland resulted, as residents dramatically increased their air-conditioning use. This level of power demand was just shy of the highest ever recorded, in January this year.
South-east forecast to be worst hit after Eastbourne has 1,000 lightning strikes overnight Thunderstorms and rain are expected across parts of the UK as the unsettled weather continues. About 1,000 lightning strikes hit Eastbourne in East Sussex overnight and a yellow weather warning remains in place for the east of England – covering Yorkshire, East Anglia and the south coast – with forecasters warning of the likelihood of more rain, hail and lightning. Homes were left without power and roads flooded in parts of southern England after an overnight deluge.
The UK, with Sweden, Latvia and Germany, is now regarded as a high-risk area for forest fires Grass fires and burning haystacks have always been a feature of British summers when between the rains the UK had occasional heat waves. But now the has moved us into a different league. It is not just southern Europe that can expect serious forest fires. Along with Sweden, Latvia and Germany the UK has been added to the high-risk areas included in the . Observations show that tense wildfires are happening over a longer period across Europe. In the first four months of this year the service recorded 1,233 fires above 30 hectares in extent, more than for the whole of 2018. Some of them were in Scotland where large areas have been particularly dry.
Cars were blown across the street and roofs were ripped off buildings but a general strike stole the headlines On 15 June 1919, the city of Winnipeg in Canada was struck by the most , with winds reaching over 84mph. Anything more than 74mph is hurricane-strength. Although news reports described the event as a hurricane or a cyclone, this was neither, just an unusually powerful summer storm. That June was a notably hot one in Winnipeg. It was 3C above average, and extremely humid. Such conditions carry large amounts of moisture to high altitude, and are ideal for storm formation. A major storm was no surprise, but few could have expected miles of telephone and power lines to be brought down and power plants damaged. The unprecedented wind tore the roofs off several buildings, including a children’s hospital.
Numerous tornadoes were reported between Illinois, Ohio and Indiana, including multiple in Dayton, Ohio. At least one person was killed in a tornado 80 miles north of Dayton, and as many as 68,000 people were without power. Some residents said there was no warning before the tornadoes struck.