World weather news, June 2024

2nd
Eighteen people were injured in the Czech Republic after a tree they were sheltering under was struck by lightning, local emergency services said. The strike happened in the afternoon in the Liberec-Vratislavice castle park, located in the northern Liberec region about 55 miles north-east of the capital Prague.
3rd
At least 10 people in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces have died after flooding caused by torrential rains. Parts of the town of Tongaat in northern KwaZulu-Natal have been severely affected by a twister-like storm. The authorities have warned of more heavy rains in the coming days.
4th
Floodwaters are continuing to rise in parts of southern Germany, and are now spreading down the Danube to Austria and Hungary. Five people are now known to have died since heavy rain led to rivers bursting their banks in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. One of the victims was a woman who died when her car left the road and became submerged west of Munich. A Bavarian firefighter is missing. Although the German weather service (DWD) has declared an end to the torrential rain that has hit southern Germany for days, water levels in the historic city of Passau, where three rivers meet, have now risen close to 10 m, the highest for more than a decade. River levels on the Danube have also been rising in Austria and Hungary. The Danube burst its banks in Austria's third-largest city Linz leaving areas close to the river banks submerged.
7th
Aswan in Egypt recorded 50.9C, setting the highest reliable temperature ever recorded in Egypt and the hottest June day in African history. On the same day, Cyprus experienced its hottest June day ever with temperatures hitting 44C, breaking its record for the second time this month.
9th
An Austrian Airlines plane has been seriously damaged, after it was caught up in an intense hailstorm during a flight this afternoon. The aircraft, which was flying from Spain to the Austrian capital Vienna, was forced to issue a mayday call and land after hail smashed the cockpit widows and tore off the front nose cone. In a statement, Austrian Airlines said the incident occurred after the aircraft flew into a thunderstorm "which was not visible on the weather radar", adding that no passengers were injured in the saga. One passenger on the flight said that the plane was on its final approach into Vienna when it was suddenly rocked by the storm.
9th-16th
Extremely heavy rains in southeast China's Fujian province caused severe flooding and landslides, in which at least 4 people lost their lives and 2 remain missing. Hundreds of homes have been damaged and at least 36,000 people were forced to evacuate. From 9 to 15 June, northern Fujian was hit by continuous heavy rains, with cumulative rainfall reaching 500 mm - 810 mm. By the 16th, the cumulative rainfall reached 940 mm. Longyan was worst affected over the latter 24 hours, with a record-breaking 411 mm in just 12 hours.
11th
Many flights to and from a popular Spanish airport have been cancelled after a massive storm caused flooding. Planes were unable to take-off or land at Palma in the afternoon, causing flights to divert to nearby airports on the Spanish mainland as officials activated the airport's flood emergency plan to try and stem the chaos. Several videos shared by airport workers and passengers show water running through the terminal building, including security control and check-in counters. Water reached knee high in the parking lot and became so flooded in parts that a couple of cars could be seen floating around following the sudden storm which hit the island around 2 p.m. The runway was completely flooded, making normal operation and operation impossible.
12th
A tropical disturbance has brought a rare flash flood emergency to much of southern Florida as residents prepared to weather more heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday (13th-14th). Wednesday's downpours and subsequent flooding blocked roads, floated vehicles and delayed the Florida Panthers on their way to Stanley Cup games in Canada against the Edmonton Oilers. The disorganized storm system was pushing across Florida from the Gulf of Mexico at roughly the same time as the early June start of hurricane season, which this year is forecast to be among the most active in recent memory amid concerns that climate change is increasing storm intensity.
13th
Lots of schools in Greece have shut as the country experiences its first heatwave of the summer. Temperatures were predicted to reach up to a sweltering 43C this week. Schools and nurseries were closed to protect students. Some famous tourist sites have also been shut to the public for the second day in a row, including the ancient Acropolis in the capital Athens. Although Greece is no stranger to very high temperatures during the summer, meteorologists say this is the earliest heatwave on record, with winds from North Africa pushing up the temperature. "This heatwave will go down in history," said meteorologist Panos Giannopoulos. "In the 20th century we never had a heatwave before 19 June. We have had several in the 21st century, but none before 15 June," he said. In Greece, heatwaves are temperatures which exceed 38C for at least three days.
14th
More than 2,000 homes have been damaged and one person killed after heavy rains wreaked havoc across south and central Chile over the past couple of days. Bio Bio region is among the worst affected.
16th
Severe storms hit parts of Ecuador, causing rivers to overflow, destroying homes, roads and bridges, and leaving at least 10 people dead, many injured and several missing. The worst affected was Baños, Ecuador, where a devastating landslide claimed the lives of at least eight people, leaving many more injured, and several missing
18th
A damaging tornado swept through the village of Carlepont in the Oise department, France, at around 1730 LT, damaging 44 buildings and 2 powerlines. 55 firefighters and 25 engines were deployed to the scene to assess the damage. The tornado did not cause any casualties but significant damage was reported.
20th
About one in five Americans - more than 70 million people - are currently subject to warnings about excessive temperatures as high pressure has formed a "heat dome" which traps warm air underneath. There are also warnings in force across four Canadian provinces - New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec. While much of the continent struggles with the heat, Mexico and southern Texas have been hit by the first named storm of the North Atlantic hurricane season; three people died on the Mexican coast while the US National Hurricane Centre has warned of "life-threatening" flooding and mudslides in north-eastern Mexico and southern Texas.
20th
Extreme heat in Saudi Arabia is being blamed for the deaths of a number of Muslim pilgrims in Mecca. By the 24th more than 1,300 people had died while undertaking the annual Hajj pilgrimage. While there have been deaths at Hajj before due to crushes and fires, the Saudi national meteorological centre reported a high of 52C earlier this week at the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
20th
Three people have died after the Mexican coast was hit by the first named storm of the North Atlantic hurricane season, which made landfall today. Storm Alberto also drenched southern Texas with heavy rain. The US National Hurricane Center earlier warned of "life-threatening" flooding in both countries. Officials in Mexico said the three deaths occurred in the northern Nuevo Leon state. The onset of Alberto comes as much of the continent is again baked by high heat. As of today, 95 million Americans - one in four of the population - are living in warning areas. Alerts are also in place in seven of Canada's provinces. Boston was among the eastern American cities that sweltered - breaking a 101-year-old record temperature for 19 June with a reading of 98F (37C).
23rd
More than a million people are under flood warnings in the upper US Midwest after days of heavy rain that forced evacuations and rescues in several states. The hardest hit have been Iowa and South Dakota, where some rivers are expected to reach record-high levels over the next few days. Other states under weekend flood warnings include Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and parts of Illinois. In Iowa, officials said river levels have risen above those of a 1993 flood that killed 50 people. Up to 450 mm of torrential rain fell in some areas over this weekend.
22nd-24th
Preliminary information from the National Weather Service shows the recent flooding brought record-high river levels at more than a dozen locations in South Dakota and Iowa, surpassing previous crests by an average of about 0.5 metres. The Big Sioux River reached nearly 12 m in Hawarden, Iowa, on Saturday (22nd) and nearly 14 m in Sioux City, Iowa, on Monday (24th), exceeding previous highs by 1.5 to 2.1 m, respectively.
26th
In less than six months, Sydney, Australia, has received more than a year's worth of its average rainfall, marking this the start of its sixth wettest winter since 1859. Last week the New South Wales city recorded 60 mm of rain in 48 hours ending on the 23rd at 0900 local time. This brought the city's total rainfall for the month to 361 mm, making this Sydney's wettest June since 2007.

World weather news, May 2024

3rd
In southern Brazil, a dam burst after days of heavy rains have triggered massive flooding, killing more than 30 people. Officials say another 60 people are missing in Rio Grande do Sul state. About 15,000 residents have fled their homes since Saturday (27 April). And at least 500,000 people are without power and clean water across the state. The burst dam triggered a two metre wave, causing panic and further damage in the already flooded areas. The dam is located between the municipality of Cotipora and the city of Bento Goncalves. The extreme weather has been caused by a rare combination of hotter than average temperatures, high humidity and strong winds. In some areas, the flooding is so severe that helicopters have been unable to land and have had to winch residents to safety.
10th
Hundreds of people are feared dead after flash flooding hit northern Afghanistan, with warnings the toll could rise after further storms across the region. Officials say at least 150 have been killed, while the World Food Programme says more than 300 have died, after heavy rainfall hit five districts in Baghlan province overnight. The country has been hit by unusually heavy rainfall over the last few weeks, with floods killing scores of people since mid-April. Experts say a relatively dry winter has made it more difficult for the soil to absorb rainfall. Vast areas of farmland have also been submerged.
11th
At least 41 people were killed after flash floods and "cold lava" flowing from a volcano hit the western Indonesian island of Sumatra. Hours of heavy rain on Saturday swept torrents of ash and rocks down Mount Marapi, the most active volcano in Sumatra. The mudslides inundated two districts, swept people to their deaths and damaged more than 100 homes, mosques and public facilities. Seventeen people are still missing. The phrase cold lava is a translation of the term "lahar" in Indonesian and Tagalog. Temperatures range between 0C and 100C, according to how they are formed, but are typically below 50C, according to several academic reports on the phenomenon. A moving lahar resembles a "roiling slurry of wet concrete" that can grow in volume as it incorporates other debris in its path, said the US Geological Survey.
16th
More than 120,000 people remained without power in Texas on the 22nd, days after fierce thunderstorms and a series of tornadoes swept across the state. At least eight people were killed in the storms, which also battered the nearby states of Louisiana and Mississippi today. In Houston, the power cuts left many without air conditioning during sweltering heat and humidity. Hurricane-force winds were recorded during the storms, blowing glass out of high-rise buildings and toppling trees, cranes and power lines. Nearly one million people were without power over the weekend (18th-19th). Temperatures in the area were expected to rise to 91F with relative humidity levels of around 80%.
17th
Storms and heavy rainfall have left many parts of northern Italy under water, with the cities of Padua and Vicenza particularly affected. Emergency services have been using dinghies to rescue people from their homes, and footage from the scene shows cars floating in the streets. Meanwhile the south of Italy is experiencing an unseasonal heat wave, with temperatures reaching up to 35C in Sicily. In the early hours of today, the banks of the Muson dei Sassi river in the Padua area gave way due to the heavy rain, resulting in severe flooding. In Borgo Mantovano, Lombardy, a freight train was overturned by gusts of between 90 and 120 mph. Milan experienced up to 130 mm of localised rain in a single day, resulting in flash floods. Local observers said that such rain intensity had not been recorded in May for more than 170 years. In the south, Sardinia is experiencing very dry conditions, and is already dealing with another bad season for local wheat farmers, who are expecting half the usual harvest due to the lack of water, according to local newspaper L'Unione Sarda.
20th
An extreme hailstorm hit Yuma, Colorado, causing massive damage to homes and cars. Hail accumulation was so thick that some cars ended up stuck in hail drifts. Some hailstones were the size of a softball, wreaking havoc on homes, cars, and power lines, and plunging the area into chaos. The intensity of the storm was so severe that some vehicles became trapped in thick drifts of hail.
20th
A severe hailstorm caused significant flooding in the western Polish city of Gniezno. The storm, part of a series of violent weather events sweeping across the country, left streets inundated and disrupted daily activities. Footage captured residents depicted chaotic scenes of vehicles and pedestrians navigating through the flooded streets, with massive hail accumulations visible across the city. The storm's intensity overwhelmed local drainage systems, leading to widespread water accumulation.
21st
One person has been killed and several others injured on a Singapore Airlines flight from London that was hit by severe turbulence. The Singapore-bound Boeing 777-300ER was diverted to Bangkok and landed at 1545 h local time. Flight SQ 321 was carrying a total of 211 passengers and 18 crew, the airline said in a statement.
24th
Parts of northern India continue to reel under a prolonged heatwave. On the 23rd, temperatures soared beyond 45C in many states and touched 48.8C in Rajasthan state's Barmer city. Several regions are facing water and electricity shortages due to spikes in power consumption. On the 22nd, Delhi's peak power demand reached 8,000 MW, the highest in the history of the Indian capital. Delhi is experiencing a brutal heat spell, with temperatures hovering around 45-46C through this week. Weather experts say that the heat index - or the apparent or experienced temperature - has crossed 50C because of the high levels of humidity.
25th-26th
At least 13 people have been killed as tornadoes tore across three US states, destroying homes in minutes and cutting power for hundreds of thousands. Four people were killed in Arkansas, two in Oklahoma and seven in Texas. Scores more were injured, and almost 500,000 across several states were without electricity. The twisters overturned lorries, shut a highway near Dallas and left tens of thousands of people without power throughout the region. The storms in Texas overlapped with record-breaking heat in some parts of the state, with residents receiving triple-digit temperature warnings over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
26th
Twelve people have been injured due to turbulence on a flight from Doha to Dublin. The Boeing 787-9 dreamliner experienced turbulence while airborne over Turkey, the operator of Dublin Airport, the DAA, said. Six passengers and six crew members have reported injuries - of these, eight people were taken to hospital.
26th
Heavy rains caused floods in Armenia and Georgia, with the Debed, Aghstev, and Tashir rivers bursting their banks. Three people have been confirmed dead, with 269 people evacuated from the area. Several bridges in the region collapsed. Several transportation links have been closed, including trains between Yerevan and Tbilisi as well as the main border crossing between Armenia and Georgia.
29th
Parts of northern and central India are sweltering under a severe heatwave, with a provisional record temperature of 52.3C registered in Delhi. If verified, it would be the highest ever recorded in India. More than 37 cities, external in the country recorded temperatures over 45C this week. Warnings of heat-related illnesses have been issued, with at least three deaths reported so far. The India Meteorological Department described the recording as an "outlier compared to other stations", which had recorded temperatures ranging from 45.2C to 49.1C in different parts of Delhi.

World weather news, April 2024

5th
South-eastern Australia has been experiencing heavy rain since Thursday (the 4th) night, which will continue until Saturday (the 6th) morning local time. New South Wales will be particularly badly affected, with cumulative rainfall totals of 150-200 mm along coastal stretches. Hourly totals are expected to reach 10-20 mm at times, with the worst-affected areas potentially receiving 50 mm within three hours. Strong winds are expected to accompany the heaviest downpours, with gusts of about 45 mph at times. Sydney is expected to be hit hard, and authorities have warned of life-threatening floods, notably along the Hawkesbury-Nepean River to the north-west of the city. These conditions come as a result of cooler polar air moving in from the south meeting warmer tropical air to the north and forming a frontal boundary. This pattern repeated many times in 2022, Sydney's wettest year on record.
7th
Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from 10 northern regions in Kazakhstan because of floods in the area, the authorities have said. The worse than usual seasonal floods have been caused by melting snow. Across the border in Russia, an oil refinery in the city of Orsk has stopped operations because of the floods. Russian authorities said on the 6th that they had evacuated almost 4,500 people in Orenburg region in the area around Orsk. Russia's weather monitor has warned that water levels on the Ural river in the city of Orenburg will reach dangerous levels over the next three days. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said that it was the worst natural disaster to hit Kazakhstan for 80 years.
11th
A severe weather system has caused widespread flooding and tornadoes, bringing storm damage to the south of the USA. Large areas across the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were affected, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). One death was earlier reported in Scott County, Mississippi. Amid severe conditions on the 10th, tracking site PowerOutage.us showed a peak of more than 200,000 customers across the region without power - a number that reduced over time. Flash flooding was reported in the New Orleans area, where more than a month's worth of rain was recorded over just a few hours, and several suspected tornadoes caused damage across the Gulf Coast region. Earlier, the same storm front brought severe weather to Texas, with another suspected tornado touching down outside of Houston overnight on the 9th.
12th
About ten million residents of the Colombian capital Bogota are being forced to ration water amid crippling shortages due to a severe drought. It comes as the El Nino climate phenomenon pushes reservoir levels to their lowest point in decades. Officials have split the region around the capital into nine zones - each zone taking turns to switch off water services for 24 hours. A lack of rain and unusual heat has seen Colombia's reservoirs dry up at an alarming rate. The Chuza reservoir, part of the system which provides around 70% of the city's water, is at less than 17% capacity. The mayor said this was the lowest point in 40 years.
16th
At least 39 people have been killed in Pakistan after days of unusually heavy rains battered the country's southwest. Some of those killed were farmers struck by lightning while harvesting wheat, authorities said. Images online show swathes of farmland engulfed by rainwater. Flash floods have also disrupted power supplies and transportation networks. Some of the areas affected by the 2022 floods, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, are being impacted again by the recent storms. Pakistan's most populated province Punjab has suffered the highest death toll so far, with 21 people killed by lightning between Friday and Sunday, AFP news agency reported. At least eight were killed in the westernmost Balochistan province according to AFP, where authorities have declared a state of emergency. Schools in the province were ordered to shut on the 15th and 16th. Heavy flooding has also been reported in neighbouring Afghanistan. At least 33 people have been killed and hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed, Afghan authorities said on the 14th.
14th-17th
Heavy rain has been battering Gulf states, causing flash floods that have killed 20 people and disrupting flights at the world's second-busiest airport. Dubai Airport said it was facing "very challenging conditions" on Wednesday. It advised passengers not to turn up as runways were inundated with water. Further north, a man died when his car was caught in flash floods. In Oman, rescuers found the body of a girl in Saham, bringing the death toll in the country to 19 since the 14th. The United Arab Emirates, Oman's northern neighbour, experienced on the 16th its largest rainfall event since records began 75 years ago; the National Centre of Meteorology announced that 254.8 mm had fallen on Khatm al-Shakla, in the emirate of al-Ain, over less than 24 hours. The country averages 140-200 mm of rainfall per year, while Dubai typically receives only 97 mm. The monthly average for April is only about 8 mm.
22nd
Authorities have evacuated nearly 60,000 people from their homes in Guangdong, as days of heavy rain caused massive flooding in China's most populous province. Eleven people have gone missing, while no casualties have been reported so far. Several major rivers have burst their banks, and authorities are closely monitoring "dangerously high" water levels. They had warned that the level of a river in northern Guangdong could hit a "once in 100 years" peak on Monday morning (the 22nd), though this had yet to materialise by noon.
27th
A tornado struck the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, killing five people and damaging more than 140 factory buildings, state media said. The China Meteorological Administration said the tornado struck about 3 p.m. in the Baiyun district of Guangzhou. Authorities said that another 33 people were injured and 141 factory buildings were damaged, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Tornado warnings were issued for other parts of Guangzhou and there were unconfirmed reports that a second tornado appeared to have hit another district in the city later in the afternoon. Hailstones the size of golf balls were seen hitting the ground in the city of Guangzhou.
27th
At least five people have been killed after dozens of tornadoes ripped through the central US causing serious damage. Tens of thousands of residents were left without power following separate storms that began on Friday (26th). Four of the deaths happened in Oklahoma, where a state of emergency has been declared in a dozen counties. A fifth person died from their injuries in Iowa after a separate storm system hit the Midwest. The National Weather Service said a preliminary investigation had confirmed some of Saturday's tornadoes had gusts of above 136 mph. The storms - which swept from Texas to Missouri - also saw up to 180 mm of rain fall in some places within hours. The town of Sulphur, in eastern Oklahoma, was hit particularly hard. Video of the aftermath showed flattened homes and overturned vehicles.

World weather news, March 2024

2nd
A massive blizzard is pounding parts of California and Nevada in the western United States. The snowstorm has closed major roads, shut down ski resorts and left tens of thousands of homes without power. The blizzard was especially severe in the mountainous Sierra Nevada region, where wind gusts reportedly reached 190 mph. People have been warned of a "high to extreme avalanche danger" there, including the greater Lake Tahoe area. Up to 10 feet of snow was expected at higher elevations, a US National Weather Service meteorologist said, which could create "life-threatening concern" for people living near Lake Tahoe. Several ski resorts around Lake Tahoe that closed on the 1st remained shut today.
8th
St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland, Canada, received 53 cm of snow today, breaking the previous daily March snowfall record of 50 cm from 4 March 2005. This marks the second storm to bury parts of the region in less than a month. Today now stands as the snowiest March day recorded for St. John's International Airport, with records going back to 1942.
10th-12th
Extremely heavy rains have struck Western Australia over the past couple of days, causing significant flooding that has severed the main route connecting Western Australia with the rest of the country. The flooding has also left seven people missing. A stationary trough situated over southern-eastern Western Australia combined with a moist air mass drawn southward from the tropics, dropping over 155 mm of rain over Rawlinna, situated 900 km east of Perth. This is more than half the yearly rainfall for the region within just 24 hours, leading to the closure of key transport routes such as the Trans-Australian Railway line and Eyre Highway, crucial for freight between Western Australia and South Australia.
11th
A wave of exceptionally hot weather has led to the shattering of thousands of temperature records across Africa. Nations from Cameroon to Mauritius have experienced unprecedented heat, marking historic highs for the month of March. In Cameroon, Garoua recorded 45.5C, setting a new national record for the hottest March day. Similarly, Ghana's Navrongo reached 43.8C, also marking a national record for March.
12th
Severe Tropical Storm 'Filipo' made landfall on the northeastern coast of Inhambane Province, Mozambique, close to Inhassoro City around 0300 GMT. The storm brought over 150 mm of rainfall in 12 to 18 hours, destroying homes, schools, and electrical infrastructure, and leaving many in urgent need of humanitarian aid.
15th
Severe weather has left a trail of destruction across parts of the US, with tornadoes and funnel clouds reported in several states. The storm system struck Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. At least three people died as a consequence of the extreme weather. Multiple homes were damaged, with residents also dealing with knocked down trees and power lines.
22nd
Heavy rains in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state resulted in at least 20 fatalities, with Petropolis being the hardest hit. 270 mm of rain (more than the monthly average) fell within 24 hours, significantly impacting the region and leading to numerous incidents, including landslides and house collapses. The storm then moved to the neighbouring state of Espírito Santo, dropping more than 200 mm of rainfall within 24 hours. The city of Petropolis, located approximately 69 km north of Rio, was the worst affected area.
22nd
Intense rainfall and hailstorms struck western, causing widespread damage, including downed trees, power outages, and flash floods. The National Electricity Union reported over 260,000 users without electricity in provinces such as Pinar del Rio, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Matanzas, and Havana. Places in Havana recorded more than 300 mm of rainfall in just 24 hours. Significant wind gusts between 65 and 75 km/h were recorded during the storm. In addition, unusual hailstorms left large amounts of ice across many areas.
22nd-23rd
Heavy rain, snow, and ice blanketed portions of the interior Northeast and New England (USA), causing widespread power outages, traffic chaos, and flight delays and cancellations. The storm left more than 300 000 customers in Maine, New York and Hampshire without power. New York City experienced its third wettest March day on record on the 23rd, receiving 93 mm of rain, with the majority falling within six hours. The record for the wettest March day in New York City's Central Park stands at 108 mm set on 25 March 1876.
27th
A cyclone that hit northern Madagascar left at least 11 people dead and forced 2,000 out of their homes. Local news reports say that 'flooding caused significant damage' with roads and bridges affected. "It's rare to have a cyclone like this. Its movement is nearly stationary," Gen Elack Andriakaja, the disaster management programme director-general, is quoted as saying. "When the system stops in one place, it devastates all the infrastructure. And that has serious consequences for the population. And significant flooding.'

World weather news, February 2024

1st
The Spanish region of Catalonia has declared a state of emergency as it faces its worst drought on record. From the 2nd residents will be banned from washing their cars and filling up empty swimming pools under a measure brought in to tackle the crisis. More than six million Catalans will be affected across 200 towns and cities, including the capital Barcelona. The restrictions were announced after reservoirs fell to close to 16% of their capacity. Spain is used to dry conditions and other areas of the country are also suffering droughts, including Andalusia in the south and the eastern region of Valencia. However, Catalonia, which borders southern France, is less used to such conditions, forcing officials to consider bringing in water by ship to Barcelona should it run dry. This measure was previously adopted in 2008.
6th
At least three people have been killed by falling trees as a powerful storm drenches California bringing flooding, mudslides and power outages. Fire officials have responded to over 130 flooding incidents and conducted several rescues since the deluge began. The storm is due to an "atmospheric river" effect, a phenomenon in which water evaporates into the air and is carried along by the wind, forming long currents that flow in the sky like rivers flow on land. This slow-moving storm is the second atmospheric river to hit California in two weeks. Mudslides and debris flows have been reported in the Los Angeles area. On the 5th, 16 residents were forced from their Hollywood Hills homes after mudslides flowed through houses, knocking buildings off their foundations and rupturing gas lines. Strong winds of up to 70 mph have also caused power cuts and downed trees. The National Weather Service (NWS) said that on the 4th 4.1 inches of rain fell in downtown Los Angeles, surpassing the previous record of 2.5 inches set in 1927. By Monday (5th) afternoon, parts of LA County had recorded over 11 inches of rain since the weekend - approaching the nearly 15 inches that the region normally experiences in an entire year. The storm and associated flooding has also forced schools to close from Malibu to Sonoma County, near San Francisco.
13th-14th
The north-eastern US coast has been hit by one of the worst snow storms in two years, blanketing cities with over a foot of snow and causing travel chaos. Around 1,200 US flights - mostly in New York and Boston - were cancelled, while another 2,700 were delayed. Snow began falling quickly in the early morning hours on Tuesday (13th) from eastern Pennsylvania to Massachusetts, leaving nearly 50 million people under winter weather alerts. Some areas saw the heaviest snowfall in years, including Farmington Connecticut, which recorded 39 cm of snowfall. The conditions made travel dangerous, leading to minor car accidents in both Boston and New York City. Some areas placed a ban on a commercial vehicles on the roads, while officials urged residents to avoid travel if possible. Tuesday's storm ended a 744-day relative snow drought for New York City, which hasn't seen more than 2.5 inches of snow in over two years. Some 3.2 inches of snow falling in Central Park, making it New York's snowiest day since January 2022.
14th
Nearly half a million homes were left without power in the Australian state of Victoria after a storm knocked out parts of the network. One dairy farmer was killed - authorities suspect he was struck by flying debris while on a tractor. The wild weather also hampered efforts to fight massive bushfires in the state's west. A catastrophic fire weather warning had been issued in one region - Australia's highest level of bushfire danger.
19th
Hundreds of towns and villages in Bolivia have been put under alert as torrential rains continue to wreak havoc. Officials say 33 people have died since November due to the rains, which have triggered landslides and caused rivers to burst their banks. Officials are carefully monitoring a number of dams which they fear could overflow. The heavy rains have hit Bolivia after a prolonged drought and one of the hottest winters the country has experienced. Back in October, hundreds of people had gathered at the Incachaca reservoir - which is now close to overflowing - to pray for rain.
19th
This winter, Mongolia has experienced its most severe snowfall since 1975, according to an announcement by the Mongolian government today. The extreme weather, characterized by severe colds and blizzards, has already resulted in one fatality and has taken a significant toll on livestock, with nearly 668000 animals perishing as of the 18th.
19th
On the 16th the Brazilian Navy identified a subtropical depression ESE of Rio de Janeiro, which intensified into Tropical Storm Akara by today. Akara is the first named tropical storm to develop in the South Atlantic Ocean since Iba in 2019 and the basin's first named storm in February since Bapo in 2015.
21st
A large and destructive tornado swept through four districts in Sumedang and Bandung Regencies of West Java, Indonesia today, affecting more than 60 homes and injuring at least 22 people. According to local media reports, the tornado hit at around 1600 LT, affecting sub-districts of Cicalengka and Rancaekek in Bandung Regency where 20 people were injured, and Jatinangor and Cimanggung in Sumedang Regency where 2 people were injured. Most of the injuries were caused by falling house materials and trees.
Summary
Last month was the world's warmest February in modern times, the EU's climate service says, extending the run of monthly records to nine in a row. Each month since June 2023 has seen new temperature highs for the time of year. The world's sea surface is at its hottest on record, while Antarctic sea-ice has again reached extreme lows. Temperatures are still being boosted by the Pacific's El Nino weather event, but human-caused climate change is by far the main driver of the warmth. February 2024 was about 1.77 degC warmer than "pre-industrial" times - before humans started burning large amounts of fossil fuels - according to the EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service. This breaks the previous record, from 2016, by around 0.12 degC. The 12-month average now sits at 1.56C above pre-industrial levels.

World weather news, January 2024

4th
People who got trapped in 1,000 vehicles in heavy snow for more than 24 hours have been evacuated, Swedish authorities say. Rescuers worked through the night to free people stuck on the main E22 road in the Skane area of southern Sweden. Many of those trapped were evacuated by rescue teams and told to return to their cars later. The travel chaos occurred amid plummeting winter temperatures across the Nordic countries. Extreme cold weather has hit parts of Sweden, Finland and Norway, and snow storms in Denmark have left drivers trapped on a motorway near Aarhus since Wednesday. The Kvikkjokk-Arrenjarka weather station in northern Sweden recorded its coldest night for 25 years on Tuesday (2nd-3rd) night, with temperatures dropping to -43.6C.
9th
At least three people have died and over half a million homes are without power after a series of powerful winter storms swept through parts of the eastern US and Canada. Strong winds flipped cars and knocked over homes in Florida, where several tornadoes were reported. More than 1,300 flights in or out of the US were cancelled today, according to data from FlightAware. Dozens of counties in Florida have declared a state of emergency, where storms have blown roofs off homes and knocked down power lines. Twelve tornadoes were reported across Florida, Alabama and Georgia by midday, causing significant damage and, in some areas, prompting search and rescue operations. The storms also left roadways impassable in Panama City, ripped roofs off of buildings and brought hail the size of baseballs. More than 30 cm of snow fell in the US interior, stranding motorists and interrupting presidential campaigning in Iowa.
12th
Floods have wreaked chaos in Kinshasa - the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo - with water pouring into homes and residents navigating submerged roads via canoe. The overflowing River Congo, passing through much of the country, has also swamped places outside the capital. The vast, vital waterway has reached its highest level in six decades. More than 300 people have died in floods over the past months, officials say.
15th
Torrential rain and flooding have hit Mauritius and the French territory of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean, as Cyclone Belal crosses the islands. One person was killed in Reunion, where the population of about 860,000 was ordered to shelter at home, but the eye of the storm has avoided the island. Around a quarter of households on the island had no electricity and thousands were without running water.
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More than 70 million people across the US were put under winter weather alerts this past week, from Oregon to Maine. Temperatures fell to -45C in some areas, and the National Weather Service issued a wind chill warning across parts of Texas through last weekend, with warnings of hypothermia and frostbite from wind chills of -32C. Additionally, nearly 25 cm of snow fell across parts of Iowa, and other states across the Mid-west received 15-25 cm of snow last weekend. A further winter storm across the Pacific north-west is also thought to have played a part in the deaths of at least 27 people this week owing to hypothermia and car crashes on frozen roads.
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More than 90 weather-related deaths have been recorded across the US after the country was pummelled by ferocious winter storms for the past week. The deaths include at least 25 in Tennessee and 16 in Oregon, which remains under a state of emergency following severe ice storms. Tens of thousands of people also remain without power across wide swathes of the country.
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Temperatures in southern Spain today reached just over 28C - the second-highest value recorded in January since 1985. AEMET, Spain's state meteorological agency, reported that maximum temperatures recorded at one observatory in the Mediterranean region of Murcia hit 28.2C. At another, provisional data showed the temperature peaked at 28.5C. The unusually warm weather came close to breaking records, becoming the second-highest value recorded at one observatory for January in 38 years. Many other parts of Spain also enjoyed temperatures in the 20s, including Alicante which had a maximum temperature of 25C and Granada with 26C.

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Last updated 1 July 2024.