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Is this the lowest recorded temperature this year?

Thursday, 18 January 2018

A Russian amateur meteorologist’s roaming commentary on plummeting temperatures has elicited widespread interest as well as raised doubts on social media. Kirill Bakanov posts on twitter every few days with screenshots of the temperature record and showing the coldest days that he comes across.   On his twitter handle @weathersarov one can see  LED screens showing the temperature records from different countries around the world. Between the months of November 2017 and January ...

Study: Quarter of Earth’s land will become significantly drier

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

More than a quarter of Earth’s land surface will become “significantly” drier even if humanity manages to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius, the goal espoused in the Paris Agreement, scientists said on Monday. But if we contain average warming to 1.5 C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), this will be limited to about a tenth -- sparing two-thirds of the land projected to parch under 2 C, they concluded in a study published in Nature Climate Change. At 1.5 C, parts of southern ...

Dense fog disrupts UAE flights ahead of Christmas

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Thick fog on Sunday disrupted flights at major airports in the United Arab Emirates as thousands of foreign residents rushed to travel home for Christmas and the New Year. Dozens of flights were cancelled, diverted or delayed at the three main airports in the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. At the Dubai airport, one of the busiest in the world, at least 17 flights were cancelled, as visibility dropped to just 100 meters in some areas of the emirate. At least another 100 incoming ...

Snow shuts runways, disrupts flights across UK

Monday, 11 December 2017

The heaviest snowfall to hit Britain in four years caused widespread disruption on Sunday, with roads becoming hazardous and flights grounded following runway closures.Birmingham Airport, serving the country’s second biggest city, suspended flights for all of Sunday morning, as staff worked to clear the runway amid heavy snow.A spokeswoman told AFP they expected it to reopen early afternoon.The airport, which typically handles around 30,000 passengers and 200 flights a day in December, ...

Cooler temperatures in Sudan spark spending frenzy

Friday, 1 September 2017

Trade in the Sudanese capital Khartoum has increased significantly, as falling temperatures in the last week created a frenzy in the market. Shops, parks and entertainment venues were bursting with people due to the steep decline in temperature in Khartoum and across Sudan invigorating the capital’s market and trade activities. Adel Abdul Aziz, Director General of the Ministry of Finance, Economy and Consumer Affairs of the State of Khartoum, confirmed to Al Arabiya English that the ...

IN PICTURES: Hurricane Harvey slams into Texas

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Hurricane Harvey smashed into Texas late Friday, lashing a wide swath of the Gulf Coast with strong winds and torrential rain from the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade.The National Hurricane Center said the eye of the Category 4 hurricane made landfall about 10 p.m. about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Corpus Christi, bringing with it 130 mph (209 kph) sustained winds and flooding rains.Harvey's approach sent tens of thousands of residents fleeing the Gulf Coast, ...

Tunisia, Algeria lose swathes of forests in fires

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Around 2,000 hectares of forest in Tunisia have gone up in flames over the past week, with some of the fires probably started deliberately, the authorities said on Saturday. Many of the blazes have been put down to a heatwave gripping the North African country, but arson has also been blamed in some cases. "Since July 29 we have experienced a wave of forest fires -- 94 outbreaks across eight provinces," emergency services spokesman Salah Korbi told a news conference. The secretary of ...

'Lucifer' heat wave keeps parts of Europe in red alert

Saturday, 5 August 2017

No wonder it’s been dubbed “Lucifer.” A relentless heat wave that gripped parts of Europe this week has sent temperatures soaring to record highs for several days, causing at least two deaths and prompting authorities to issue weather alerts. Extreme heat in Italy, and parts of France and Spain and the Balkans, has led to dozens of wildfires, damaged crops and fueled power and water consumption. Authorities in some areas issued traffic restrictions and banned work in the open ...

Sunnier weather accelerating Greenland’s ice melt

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Sunnier weather is significantly accelerating the melting of Greenland’s glaciers, exacerbating the effects of rising global temperatures, according to a British study. For the past 20 years, a marked decrease in cloud cover over Greenland during the summer has allowed more solar radiation to warm glaciers and pack ice, according to research led by the University of Bristol and published in Science Advances on Wednesday. Using satellite imagery and climate models, the scientists found that ...

Kuwait to expect scorching temperatures of 51C

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Weather forecasts in Kuwait have revealed that temperatures in the country are expect to reach as high as 51 degrees Celsius, state news agency KUNA reported on Wednesday. July last year, Kuwait recorded a blistering temperature of 54C, the highest temperature ever recorded since July 10, 1913 when Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California recorded a temperature of 56.7C. Extreme temperatures have gripped parts of the Northern Hemisphere as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) ...

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