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Nearly 150M people sweltering through deadly U.S. heat wave

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:10 AM

An oppressive heat wave stretching from the Midwestern plains to the Atlantic coast has people struggling to stay cool amid scorching temperatures

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 20: People cool off at a park in the Navy Yard neighborhood on July 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. An excessive heat warning remains in effect throughout the weekend according to the National Weather Service. Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images/AFP

Last month hottest June on record – EU satellite agency

Jul 03, 2019 - 12:03 AM

Global readings show European temperatures were around 2ºC hotter than normal, and globally Earth was 0.1ºC hotter than the previous June record

HEATWAVE. Two men hold umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun in the northern Spanish city of San Sebastian on June 26, 2019 at the start of a heatwave tipped to break records across Europe. Photo by Ander Gillenea/AFP

Brain disease kills 97 Indian children, 'heat curfew' imposed

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:15 PM

The heatwave – India's second-longest on record – has prompted authorities in part of the northern state, one of the country's poorest, to impose curfew-like restrictions

HEATWAVE. A general view of a lake running dry on a hot summer day near Ajmer on June 2, 2019. Temperatures passed 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in northern India as an unrelenting heatwave triggered warnings of water shortages and heatstroke. File photo by Himanshu Sharma/AFP

India bakes as mercury nears 50 Celsius

Jun 01, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Several cities report fears of water shortages as lakes and rivers start to dry up

HEATWAVE. In this file photo taken on May 29, 2019, Indian residents fetch drinking water from a well in the outskirts of Chennai. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Last 4 years hottest on record, U.N. confirms

Feb 07, 2019 - 12:11 AM

'The degree of warming during the past 4 years has been exceptional, both on land and in the ocean,' says World Meterological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas

RECORD HEAT. Two girls play on a small wall during sunset in a neighborhood of Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, on August 22, 2016. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Australia swelters in record-breaking heatwave

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:50 PM

In major cities, the thermometer pushes towards 40 degree Celsius with the heat set to linger into the new year

Sunbathers are seen on Bondi Beach as temperatures soar in Sydney on December 28, 2018. - Australia's vast continent is sizzling through extreme heatwave conditions this week, with temperature records falling and emergency services on high alert for bushfires. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

Spain heatwave death toll rises to 9

Aug 07, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Parts of the region register temperatures of up to 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit) over the weekend

THE HEAT IS ON. Two women use umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun at the seaside resort of Benidorm, on August 5, 2018. Photo by Jose Jordan/AFP

3 dead in Spain as Europe wilts under record heatwave

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:58 AM

Heatstroke, water shortages, and zero tolerance towards barbecues – here's a look at the situation in Europe, which is experiencing a record heatwave

A man refreshes himself with the waters of a fountain at Piazza Castello in Turin on August 2, 2017, as they seek relief during a heatwave that continues to grip southern Europe. / AFP PHOTO / Marco BERTORELLO

The week in photos: July 21-27, 2018

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:51 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A burning home is reflected in a pool during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. One firefighter has died and at least two others have been injured as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Japan heatwave kills over a dozen, 12,000 rushed to hospital

Jul 22, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Japan's weather agency says temperatures exceeded 35ºC, with the scorching weather showing no signs of easing

Researchers find 'catastrophic' coral die-off on Great Barrier Reef

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Scientists say some 30% of the reef's coral died in the heatwave from March to November 2016

GREAT BARRIER REEF. An undated handout photo received from Australian Institute of Marine Science on October 2, 2012 shows bleaching on a coral reef at Halfway Island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. File photo by Ray Berkelmans/Australian Institute of Marine Science/AFP

'Devastating' ocean heatwaves on the rise

Apr 11, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Similar to an atmospheric heatwave, a marine heatwave is a prolonged period of unusually warm water

The week in photos: August 12-18, 2017

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:12 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ANTI-RACISM. Protesters block both directions of the Interstate 580 freeway during a rally against racism in Oakland, California on August 12, 2017. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

1 dead as Italy heatwave breaks in Alps

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:39 PM

The tragedy follows the deaths of two senior citizens who were caught up in wild fires in Abruzzo and Matera

HEATWAVE. A man refreshes himself with the waters of a fountain at Piazza Castello in Turin on August 2 as they seek relief during a heatwave that continues to grip southern Europe. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Heatwave scorches Europe, from London to Siberia

Jun 21, 2017 - 8:04 PM

As the northern hemisphere marks the summer solstice the mercury hovers around 35 degrees Celsius 95 degrees Fahrenheit across oven like swathes of Europe including Italy Austria the Netherlands and even alpine Switzerland

SEARCHING FOR COOLER AIR. A notice board reading "fans and air conditioners are out of stock", is displayed on a shelf of a shopping center in Lormont, on June 20, 2017. Photo by Mehdi Fedouach/AFP

More killer heatwaves in countries like PH even with 2ºC warming cap – study

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:48 AM

In future the tropics will be hit hardest according to the study which forecasts the number of deadly days under 3 different carbon pollution scenarios

HOT CITY. This file photo shows informal settlers' homes (foreground) dwarfed by highrise buildings in the background near the port of Manila on August 20, 2014. Ted Aljibe/AFP

'Catastrophic' fire conditions scorch Australia

Feb 12, 2017 - 1:54 PM

UPDATED Around 2 500 firemen battle more than 80 blazes in New South Wales state

A couple takes shelter from the heat in the shade of a tree as they look out over Sydney's Bondi Beach on February 11, 2017. William West/AFP

4, including German national, die in US heatwave

Jun 21, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Three hikers and a mountain biker succumbed to the heatwave in Arizona where record breaking temperatures were reported in some areas

TOO HOT. A sign on the entrance of a fast food restaurant warns of hot door handles as temperatures in the Los Angeles County region reach triple digits amid an early heatwave, in Azusa, California northeast of Los Angeles, June 20, 2016. Robyn Beck/AFP

Australia gripped in endless summer as heat breaks records

Mar 15, 2016 - 4:58 PM

The Bureau of Meteorology has said the abnormal conditions were affecting almost the entire country in early March the month which marks the start of autumn

Children cool off on a hot summer day at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2016. Made Nagi/EPA

As the Earth heats up, so do we

Jul 22, 2015 - 12:55 PM

Maybe we have pushed the Earth beyond its ability to self recuperate? We are near a state of emergency now and the patient is the planet

Countries must deal with health risks of heatwaves – UN

Jul 01, 2015 - 4:05 PM

The UN s World Health Organization WHO and its World Meteorological Organization WMO are joining forces to create guidelines for experts and authorities for how to lower the health risks of heatwaves

HEATWAVE. Young girls play with the water-jets of a fountain on the Place des Nations during a heatwave alert in Geneva, Switzerland, August 19, 2012. File photo by Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Pakistan heatwave death toll reaches 800

Jun 25, 2015 - 3:41 PM

Morgues and gravediggers in Karachi Pakistan s largest city and economic hub struggle to keep up with the flow of bodies since the scorching temperatures began last weekend

COOLING DOWN. A Pakistani Muslim man cools down with water at a mosque during a heatwave in Karachi on June 22, 2015. Asif Hassan/AFP

Roxas Negros campaign, school opening, heatwave relief | 12PM wRap

Jun 01, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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Rain brings relief as India heatwave death toll tops 2,200

May 31, 2015 - 9:57 PM

Thunderstorms strike sections of southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana which bear the brunt of the deadliest heatwave in over 2 decades as well as New Delhi

HEATWAVE. Indian women walk holding umbrellas during a hot day in Bhopal, India, 30 May 2015. Photo by Sanjeev Gupta/EPA

India reels under heatwave as death toll tops 2,000

May 30, 2015 - 7:52 PM

This year s toll is the second highest in India s history and fifth most in recorded history globally according to EM DAT an international disaster database

COOLING OFF. A young Indian man stands under a water pipe to cool off at the railway station in Bhubaneswar on June 4, 2010. Asit Kumar/AFP

Deaths from major heatwave sweeping India top 1,100

May 28, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Southern India bears the brunt of the hot dry conditions and many of the victims are construction workers elderly or homeless people unable to heed official advice to stay indoors

KEEPING COOL. An Indian laborer cools off under a water tap on a hot afternoon in Amritsar, India, May 26, 2015. Raminder Pal Singh/EPA

PH, Japan military ties, LRT, India heat wave | 12PM wRap

May 26, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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More than 430 dead in India heatwave

May 25, 2015 - 8:25 PM

Large parts of India including national capital New Delhi have endured days of sweltering heat prompting fears of power cuts

In this file photo taken on July 2014, Indian residents sit outside their home as they wave hand fans to keep cool in Amritsar. Residents are enduring high temperatures and frequent power cuts in the area. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU

Easing conditions help Australian fire crews

Jan 19, 2014 - 12:18 PM

Firefighters in South Australia and Victoria states said they had gained the upper hand over a series of blazes which started this week

FIGHTING THE FLAMES. A firefighting aircraft working on flames in Victoria, Australia, 18 January 2014. Image courtesy of the Victoria Country Fire Authority

Tennis: Extreme heat halts play at Australian Open

Jan 16, 2014 - 1:29 PM

The move after two days of soaring temperatures and complaints from players will bring severe disruption to Thursday s packed schedule

SHELTER FROM HEAT. The roof of the Rod Laver Arena is closed due to a heat wave during round two of the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 16 January 2014. Mark Daswell/EPAT

Koalas in danger as Aussie temperatures soar – study

Oct 03, 2013 - 1:33 PM

The wipeout could happen unless urgent action is taken to plant trees for shelter as well as eucalypts to eat

IN DANGER. A study says koalas are in danger as temperatures soar in its native Australia. In this photo, a young Koala sits on the back of its mother Goonderrah and looks into the camera at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, 27 March 2013. EPA/Marius Becker

Japan heatwave sees record temperatures

Aug 12, 2013 - 6:53 PM

Japan temperatures hit a record 41 degrees Celsius Monday after at least 9 people died from heatstroke over the weekend

Heatwave kills 4 in Japan

Aug 11, 2013 - 4:38 PM

The temperature tops 40°C 104°F in 2 cities leaving at least 4 people dead over the weekend

At least 10 dead as record heatwave hits Shanghai

Jul 31, 2013 - 1:29 PM

The China Meteorological Association issued a high temperature warning for several eastern and central provinces

File photo by AFP/Peter Parks

Japan heatwave kills 12 – reports

Jul 12, 2013 - 5:47 PM

The mercury has topped 35 degrees celsius 95 degrees fahrenheit in areas across the country for several days with no immediate end to the misery in sight

Japan heatwave kills 3, hospitalizes 2,500

Jul 09, 2013 - 8:47 PM

The mercury hit 39 1 Celsius in Yamanashi in the center of Japan on July 9 while dozens of other spots recorded temperatures of 35 Celsius or more

Climate: Monthly heat records have increased fivefold

Jan 14, 2013 - 10:11 PM

In parts of Europe Africa and southern Asia the frequency of months with record breaking heat has surged tenfold

2012 marked by extreme weather, Arctic ice melt - UN

Nov 29, 2012 - 10:48 AM

Extreme temperatures drought floods and the unprecedented loss of Arctic ice marked global weather in 2012 boosting concern at the march of climate change

Image credit: NASA

Climate vs. weather: Extreme events narrow the doubts

Aug 22, 2012 - 11:34 AM

Heatwaves drought and floods that have struck the northern hemisphere for the third summer running are narrowing doubts that man made warming is disrupting Earth s climate system

Aerial view of floods in Tarlac. Photo by Jay Morales / Malacañang Photo Bureau