Washington DC lightning strike that killed three offers climate warning

Aug 5 (Reuters) – Scientists say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of lightning strikes across the United States, after lightning struck at a square near the White House, leaving three people dead and one other in critical condition. The hot, humid conditions in Washington, DC, on Thursday were primed for electricity. Air temperatures … Read more

Wildfires burn coastal homes, forests in Greece as Europe’s heatwave spreads east

ATHENS, July 24 (Reuters) – Greek firefighters battled wildfires on the island of Lesbos for a second day on Sunday as well as new fires in the western Peloponnese and in northern Greece, evacuating nearby settlements as a heatwave set in. A wildfire that started in mountainous forests on Lesbos in the Aegean Sea near … Read more

Britain swelters on its hottest day ever as temperatures hit 40C

Temperature hits record 40C across country Train services canceled due to the heat Heatwave prompts focus on climate change promises LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – Britain recorded its hottest day ever on Tuesday, with the temperature exceeding 40C (104F) as a heatwave gripping Europe intensified, forcing train tracks to buckle and fueling a spate of … Read more

France battles massive wildfires, Britain records highest ever temperature

Wildfires burn forests in Gironde, southwest France UK temperatures exceed 40C for the first time Germany, Belgium brace for possible record-breaking temperatures More than 30 wildfires ravage parts of Spain LONDON/PARIS July 19 (Reuters) – Firefighters in southwestern France battled on Tuesday to contain massive forest wildfires and Britain recorded its highest ever temperature as … Read more

Heatwave scorches Europe; health warnings issued

WMO issues warning on air quality in towns and cities UK declares first red heat warning for Monday, Tuesday Wildfires ablaze in France, Spain and Portugal LEIRIA, Portugal/LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) – Hundreds more people were evacuated from their homes as wildfires blistered land in France, Spain and Portugal on Friday, while officials in Europe … Read more

As Europe bakes in heatwave, wildfires rage from Portugal to Croatia

Homes and campsites evacuated, livelihoods threatened Flames tear down hillside near Portugal’s Pombal Blaze rages near tallest sand dune in Europe Europe is a ‘heatwave hotspot’, says scientist LEIRIA, Portugal/RASLINA, Croatia, July 14 (Reuters) – Wildfires raged across tinder-dry country in Portugal, Spain, France and Croatia on Thursday, burning homes and threatening livelihoods, as much … Read more

Scorching heat wave sparks wildfires in Europe

Firefighters tackling blazes in Portugal, Spain and France Tourists evacuated from campsites in France Temperatures could test records in Portugal and Spain LEIRIA, Portugal, July 13 (Reuters) – Thousands of firefighters battled more than 20 blazes that raged on Wednesday across Portugal and western Spain, menacing villages and disrupting tourists’ holidays amid a heat wave … Read more

Tokyo June heatwave worst since 1875 as power supply creaks under strain

TOKYO, June 28 (Reuters) – Japan baked under scorching temperatures for a fourth successive day on Tuesday, as the capital’s heat broke nearly 150-year-old records for June and mandated power supply remained tight enough to raise the spectrum of cuts. The heatwave comes less than two weeks before a national election in which prices, including … Read more

China heatwaves drive up power demand to record levels, southern floods swamp cities

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, June 22 (Reuters) – Heatwaves in northern and central China drove up electricity demand to record levels as millions switched on air conditioners to escape the sweltering conditions, while floodwaters in the south submerged villages and trapped city residents. On Wednesday, China’s meteorological administration issued orange alert warnings for high temperatures in regions across … Read more

Spain battles wildfires as it swelters in heatwave

ZARAGOZA, Spain, June 18 (Reuters) – Firefighters battled to bring raging wildfires under control in Spain on Saturday and people sought relief with fans, shade and plenty of water as an unseasonable heatwave pushed temperatures close to record highs. Spain was heading towards its hottest early summer temperatures in decades, with forecasts of between 40-42 … Read more