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27th July - Today's News: Britain's Hottest Day, Scotland's Hottest Night

26th July - Today's News: Britain's Hottest Day Ever as More European Records fall

Not quite a UK record yesterday (yet - data from some manual stations is yet to come in) but it was the second hottest day, hottest July day on record for the UK, and only the second time 100f has been recorded as Cambridge NIAB saw a max of 38.1c.   In my garden it was an all time record though with 36.2c (though it's not standard exposure). So, the UK just misses all-time temperature record as commuters endure chaos on railway whilst in the east (but not here) dazzling bolts light up summer sky as UK bakes in record heat (used that story only because my friend Dan Holley gets a quite).  And a look at the UK's record-breaking heat in maps and charts

Edit:  Data from Cambridge Botanical Gardens now in, and it reached 38.7c there, the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK. 
Meanwhile, across the Channel in the Europe heatwave: Paris latest to break record with 42.6C  with Benelux and Germany seeing all time records fall for the second consecutive day

But it's not hot …

25th July - Today's News: Heatwave Breaks European Temperature Records; More to Come?

Yesterday saw my station record broken for the highest minima (18.8c) - records from 2011.  Today may well see the maxima record broken.  It was 30.4c at 9am!   Same as at Heathrow .....  UK records should fall today as well as the country braces for hottest day on record after yesterday saw records tumble in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands
And just as in 2003 when the current UK record was set, we could see some thunderstorms initiate around here, before developing into supercells as the track north.  

And the Arctic Circle burns as heatwaves plague Europe and the US
But as new research concludes that we haven't experienced anything like this in the past 2,000 years some still argue there's no warming at all.  Because it snowed at a ski resort in Argentina last week ....

24th July - Today's News: Thunderstorms Light British Night-skies

23rd July - Today's News: Flash Floods Follow New York Heatwave

Severe storms and heavy downpours leaves New York streets underwater less than 24 hours after the temperatures hit 100F
Deadly floods hit south and east China
Across the USA, record high temperatures far exceed record lows - a trend of the climate crisis
A report urges us to 'restore UK bogs' to tackle climate change though it does miss the point that many of our upland bogs are, at least in part, caused by deforestation ....  I'd rather see bogs drained and replanted with native trees.   Would help cut down the midge population too!   Meanwhile,  East Anglia and the Fens are our main arable farming region so if they revert to peat bog, where does our food come from?  Imported from abroad meaning an increase in CO2 emissions (until they invent nuclear fusion planes and boats, anyway).  Plus an increase in farmland meaning elsewhere, which means draining bogs or cutting down forests in other countries.
40 years ago, scientists predicted climate change. And hey, they were rig…

22nd July - Today's News: Major Wildfires in Portugal

20th July - Today's News: Tornado Near Manchester

An unexpectedly wet day in Evesham yesterday with 15.3mm of rain making it the wettest day of the year so far - but being only the second day in over 3 weeks to produce any measurable rainfall, very welcome for gardens and farmers!   Still no thunder and lightning.  But up near Manchester residents recall Hale “tornado” that blew roof off house and damaged car.  But there's likely to be a brief hot spell to follow rain as another plume of warm air comes up over Europe next week, just clipping the British Isles

Meanwhile, after the lastFrance heatwave: June's record high revised up
And turning very hot in America too as dangerous heatwave starts hitting US and Canada
Rain pounds southwestern Japan as typhoon approaches Korean Peninsula
Worst floods in years 'submerge' Bangladesh villages
Woman's body recovered after flash floods in NW Turkey
Greek earthquake: Buildings collapse as powerful tremor shakes Athens
Australian 'flash droughts' strike fast and hard, an…

19th July - Today's News: Clouds Cause Japanese Cucumber Crisis

16th July - Today's News: More Exceptiional Arctic Heat

13th July - Today's News: TS Barry Threatens Massive Rainfall for New Orleans

11th July - Today's News: Six Dead as Storm Hits Greek island

10th July - Today's News: One Dead in Spanish Flash Floods

Cars are washed away and piled up in the streets after floods strike across northern Spain, killing a motorist
 As the heatwave continues, Alaska's Hess Creek Fire is now the nation's largest wildfire in 2019  whilst the State's air quality plummets as wildfire smoke hits Alaska's most populous cities
Measures taken as over 60 percent of Czech Republic hit by extreme drought  (and it's not rained in Evesham for 2 weeks now)
A criticism that when it comes to tackling climate change: UK government 'like Dad's Army' - I'm not sure I'd describe our government as being that competent on anything! 
Last week's California earthquake leaves scar on the desert - a little crack in the Earth, visible from space
And the daftest news of the week: UFOs create hurricane to enter underwater base, expert claims - expert as in youtube blogger with no expertise in anything at all ....

9th July - Today's News: Flash Floods Hit Washington DC

5th July - Today's News: Biggest Earthquake in Years Shakes California

4th July - Today's News: 6 Dead as Tornado Hits Chinese City

3rd July - Today's News: June is Europe & the World's Warmest on Record?

Although the temperature in Evesham was nothing special - indeed the average was 2.2c down on last year! - and that was reflected across Britain, there were record-breaking temperatures for June for Europe and the World.   There was, of course, also record heatwaves in India and Alaska.  NOAA data won't be out till later in the month.  But when it comes to climate change and the European heatwave: It's complicated.  
Heavy rains in Japan force almost 800,000 residents to evacuate - a metre of rain has fallen in some parts since Friday.  They do often get heavy tropical rain there though!
The winter's first snowfall turns parts of South Africa into winter wonderland
Severe frosts and plummeting temperatures hit NSW growers during drought
The US top of the garbage pile in global waste crisis - producing three times as much as anyone else, and recycling less.   And we not just talking politicians here!   Meanwhile, in the Cairngorms there's party rubbish littering Scotland…

2nd July - Today's News: Antarctic Sea Ice Plummets to Record Lows

1st July - Today's News: Massive Hailstorm Buries Cars in Mexican City

Mexico summer storm buries cars in ice on streets of Guadalajara whilst Houston, Texas, reported 'snow' on June 28 because of a quirky way we record weather observations - it was actually also hail and of note only because someone, somewhere is sure to use it as proof the world is really getting colder .....
Flood apocalypse in Eastern Siberia kills five and maroons 9,919 whose homes destroyed or damaged
In Japan, heavy rainfall hits southern Kyushu; evacuation orders issued
Here, we had a one-day burst of heat Saturday as London hit 34c (33.1c in my garden) which made it the hottest day of the year as temperatures soar - but it was then back to normal on Sunday.   There were some big thunderstorms in Scotland, but nothing down here, with power returned to storm-affected homes in Scotland on Sunday.  But in France, Montpellier melts under a 45C high as Europe hit by record heatwave, whilst Germany records all-time hottest June temperature
And Alaska has more record-breaking hea…