6th July - Today's News

In New Zealand, a tornado causes extensive damage in Kaitaia whilst snow blankets South Island.

1 dead, several hurt in Florida lightning strike

Deadly floods in China, Vietnam

Good news for UK shark watchers as the heatwave prompts surge in massive basking sharks off British shores - coming in to feed on the plankton bloom the hot weather helped create.

And as for the effect the British heatwave (which thankfully has finally ended - we can now look forward to nice weather and with luck a few thunderstorms!) had on us humans, I think this sums it up: Phew! What a scorcher! - it's supposedly a spoof story but it looks pretty close to the mark to me. And the warning of floods in Wales may yet prove prescient!

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