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World weather news, October 2014

The weekend brought summerlike warmth to the central U.S. where locations from Texas to Idaho tied or broke their previous record-high temperatures for these days. High pressure over the South pumped warm air in from Mexico and provided abundant sunshine to the central U.S. Not only did many locations break their previous record-high temperatures, many also tied or broke their previous record high-minimum temperatures for these days.
A moisture-laden cyclone, partly associated with the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo, moved slowly through Greece and neighboring parts of the Balkan Peninsula from Friday through Sunday. The storm brought significant flooding to portions of Greece, including Athens. Meanwhile heavy rain and snow brought travel nightmares to parts of Bulgaria. Tatoi and Eleusis, both northern suburbs of Athens situated in the Attica Region, picked up more than 60 mm of rain in a short period of time leading to flooding. Numerous other cars and vehicles were swept down streets and piled onto of one another thanks to the ferocious force in which the flood waters traveled. The heaviest rainfall shifted into Bulgaria over the weekend as nearly 125 mm fell in the city of Burgas, prompting widespread rainfall and travel chaos. The storm ended with one final blast as wet snow mixed in with the rain all the way to Black Sea coast. Accumulating snowfall in some of the higher elevations resulted in road closures. Up to 20 cm of snow was reported in Pamporovo.
Landslides have closed several roads across Scotland as further heavy rains batter the country. The A835 Ullapool was closed for several hours because of a landslide at Garve. The Met Office issued an amber warning of rain for the Highlands, as well as yellow warnings covering parts of Perthshire, Fife, Strathclyde and the south west. In Edinburgh, Balcarres Street has flooded. People living in neighbouring flats have put up their flood gates to stop the water from entering their homes. Meanwhile, the A82 was closed for a short time earlier on Tuesday between Tarbet and Crianlarich. The section of road has been reopened under temporary traffic lights. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued flood warnings for large parts of Perthshire and Tayside, Skye, Lochaber, Speyside and Easter Ross. Flood alerts were also in place for Argyll and Bute, Wester Ross and Caithness. The Met Office said that since Saturday the worst-affected parts of the country had seen three-day rainfall totals in excess of 150 mm. And BBC Scotland weather presenter Chris Blanchett said 265 mm of rain had fallen in some parts of the Highlands since Friday.
A deadly mudslide struck central Sri Lanka after days of rain soaked the nation. More downpours threaten to hinder rescue and recovery operations. A total of 120 workers' homes at the Meeriabedda tea plantation in Sri Lanka's Badulla district were wiped out when the mudslide occurred at 7:30 a.m., local time. At least 10 people are dead with as many as 250 others still missing. The site of the mudslide is 220 km east of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo. Badulla has recorded daily amounts of 23 mm or more of rain on eight out of the last ten days.

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Last updated 31 October 2014.

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