Temperatures did not go below 30C overnight in parts of Victoria, with health authorities and sporting bodies on alert Much of south-eastern Australia can expect more fierce heat in coming days, as authorities warn of the health threat and sporting bodies field concerns from elite and amateur competitors. The extreme temperatures may ease slightly in Victoria and South Australia by Saturday but many parts of New South Wales can expect a brutal weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned.
Storm lashes Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and parts of UK, uprooting power lines and trees, and killing at least seven people Violent gales have battered north-west Europe, killing at least seven people, toppling trees and trucks, bringing down power lines, grounding aircraft and halting road and rail traffic across the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. All long-distance train services were cancelled in Germany after the Netherlands bore the early brunt of the second major winter storm this month, with Schiphol airport in Amsterdam suspending all traffic for two hours and closing two of its three departure halls as tiles flew off the terminal building.
Findings should not be seen as taking pressure off need to tackle climate change, authors warn Earth’s surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions. A revised calculation of how greenhouse gases drive up the planet’s temperature reduces the range of possible end-of-century outcomes by more than half, researchers said in the report, published in the journal Nature.
Data collected by Himawari-8 weather satellite paired with supercomputer programme A project harnessing data from a Japanese satellite could improve weather forecasting and allow officials to issue life-saving warnings before , researchers say. The project is the first time “infrared radiation luminance data” has been used to model weather patterns in areas under heavy cloud cover that would usually stymie such modelling.
In mid-January 1968 winds gusting to well over 100 miles per hour caused devastation in central Scotland – and the London-based media took not the slightest notice In mid-January 1968, a weather system moved across the Atlantic Ocean towards Europe. Sometimes these weaken as they near our coasts, but this one deepened, dropping to a near record low of 956 millibars. As the gale began to strengthen, no one was prepared for the . Winds gusted to well over 100 miles per hour, and as it passed over the Central Belt of Scotland it wreaked unprecedented havoc. 21 people died, and in Glasgow alone more than 300 homes were destroyed, leaving over 1,000 residents homeless. 70,000 properties suffered storm damage, including half the city’s council houses, which had not been built to resist such winds.
When a quake devastated Sicily in 1968, a bold plan was hatched – to build entirely new towns and move the inhabitants. But what looked futuristic on paper would herald a new decay Fifty years ago, the ground began to shake in Poggioreale, an ancient village in the Belìce Valley of south-west Sicily. Calogero Petralia was eating spaghetti with his family, just as he did every Sunday lunch. By the time the initial earthquake and the aftershocks that night had quietened, the house where Petralia was born and raised was gone. It was 15 January 1968 and he was 18 years old. “My heart remained in that room,” he says. We were victims of an urban experiment, imposed on us from the top
Thousands of villagers evacuated after authorities warn ‘hazardous eruption’ is possible within weeks or even days The Philippines’ most active volcano has rumbled back to life with lava fragments rising to its crater in a gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers.
Authorities raised the alert level at the Mayon volcano to “level 3” on Sunday after detecting lava flow and indications of activity that could lead to eruptions of magma.
After wildfire and floods, nature has again taken its toll in California, from the rustic Verdugo mountains to Montecito’s celebrity homes Jeanette Abney owns a big, fancy house and Elizabeth Terry rents a room in a boarding house. But this week they both ended up sleeping on cots in the same American Red Cross evacuation centre, sipping the same instant coffee, nibbling the same pastries and huddling under the same blankets. A rain-sodden poster at the entrance declared “disaster services”. Both women were in need. A storm had drenched the Verdugo mountains, a rugged, rustic outpost of , and unleashed a massive mudslide, forcing them to flee to an improvised evacuation centre in the San Fernando valley.
Cyclone expected to cross Kimberley coast as a category one cyclone as Broome records 88mm of rain in 24 hours Residents in the Western Australian tourist town of Broome have been spared the worst after Tropical Cyclone Joyce failed to intensify to a category three system and headed down the Kimberley coast. A yellow alert had been in place for the town since Wednesday afternoon and remained in place on Friday afternoon for areas south of the Aboriginal community of Bidyadanga to Wallal Downs as Joyce continued to journey down the seaboard.
Tropical Cyclone Joyce An ALL CLEAR has been issued for people in to . The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.
GREAT NORTHERN HIGHWAY UPDATE Road between Willare and Roebuck Roadhouse Plains closed. Road between Port Hedland and Broome open.
Montecito is a scene of devastation after an avalanche of mud and debris swept through the wealthy enclave north of Los Angeles leaving 17 and eight missing Rescue teams continued combing the ruins of Montecito on Thursday amid dwindling hope of finding more survivors from the debris and mud flows that engulfed the California town earlier this week.