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Met officials issue 4-day heat warning in parts of England and Wales

The Met Office has issued a four-day amber extreme heat warning, meaning vulnerable people’s health could be impacted and travel could be disrupted. The warning applies to southern and central England and parts of Wales from midnight on Thursday until Sunday. The amber alert is the longest the Met Office has issued since it introduced […]

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Two of the UK’s leading hospitals witnessed chaos last month after computers crashed amid heatwave

Two of the UK’s leading hospitals have had to cancel operations, postpone appointments and divert seriously ill patients to other centres for the past three weeks after their computers crashed at the height of last month’s heatwave. The IT breakdowns at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London have caused misery for doctors and patients […]

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United Kingdom: Heatwave melts chocolate at shop, owners lose £1,000

A community has come together to help the owners of a corner shop whose entire stock of chocolate melted. Ellis Stores in Scunthorpe lost about £1,000 worth of goods after its air conditioning failed to cope during the recent heatwave. An online appeal by Claire York, the daughter of the shop’s owners Stephen and Linda […]

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United States Heatwave: 75-year-old hiker found dead at Texas national park

A 75-year-old man from Houston was found dead near the trailhead of Chimneys Trail at Big Bend National Park. While no cause of death was immediately evident, the report did say that temperatures reached around 104 degrees on Chimneys Trail that day, leading authorities to believe the death was related to the extreme heat. Temperatures […]

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Heatwave: United Kingdom’s capital London narrowly avoided a power blackout last week

Britain paid the highest price on record for electricity in London last week as the capital narrowly avoided a power blackout, it has emerged. National Grid paid £9,724 per megawatt hour, more than 5,000% than the typical price, to Belgium on Wednesday to prevent south-east London losing power. The hottest UK days on record led […]

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Fast-moving fire breaks out near Yosemite National Park, evacuations ordered

A fast-moving wildfire near Yosemite National Park erupted on Friday afternoon and prompted evacuations even as firefighters made progress against an earlier blaze that burned to the edge of a grove of giant sequoias. The Oak Fire began at about 2pm southwest of the park near Midpines in Mariposa County and quickly spread to 1,600 […]

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Greenland’s ice sheets melting at rate of 6 billion tons a day amid climate change driven heatwave

Greenland’s vast ice sheets cover most of the world’s biggest island, locking up enough water to raise sea levels by 7.42m worldwide. But just as wildfires have gripped Europe and annual droughts have struck parts of the United States, the recent July heatwave in the northern hemisphere is having an impact on the Arctic outpost […]

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Global Heatwave: Roads, roofs melting; pipes breaking and foiling bridges

It’s so hot across the globe, roads and roofs are melting. The deadly heat waves of the last week have sparked strange infrastructural events around the world as millions endure searing temperatures that are still on the rise. The heat-related events also speak to aging infrastructures worldwide, most of which are not prepared for the […]

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British cinema chain offered free tickets to red hair people during unprecedented heatwave

A British cinema chain offered people in red hair a flick for free on Monday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 19 as temperatures soared. “Free tickets for redheads on the hottest days ever!” Showcase advertised in a post, which they captioned: “You’re gonna want to let your redheaded friends know about this.” Researchers have found […]

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Heatwave: Why UK 40°C is worse than 40°C in central US, Australia, Middle East or northern India

Heat waves across multiple continents have dashed records, threatened public health and buckled infrastructure, in what scientists say are signs of the climate crisis’ impact on day-to-day weather. Temperatures in the UK breached 40 degrees Celsius for the first time on Tuesday, making it the country’s hottest day on record. In Europe, a strong ridge […]

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Wildfires sweep across northern Morocco, thousands evacuated

Wildfires have swept across parts of northern Morocco in the last few days, in the forests of Taza, Tetouan and Larache, leading to scenes of raging infernos and plumes of thick smoke. The ferocious blazes have been blamed on soaring temperatures reaching around 45C and droughts. At least one person died and more than 1,000 […]

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Japan witnesses worst heatwave since 1875

Japan is sweltering under the hottest day yet of its worst heatwave for almost 150 years. The blistering heat has drawn official warnings of a looming power shortage, and led to calls for people to conserve energy where possible. But the government is still advising people to use air conditioning to avoid heatstroke as cases […]