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World weather news, July 2018

The temperature in Sydney topped 24.7C over two days in July for the first time since records began, about 8 degC higher than the average for this time of year.
Parts of California have been suffering wildfires brought about by the record heat Downtown Los Angeles had its hottest July night in history, with a minimum of 26.1C on the 7th. 'Red flag' warnings, indicating the risk of serious wildfires, remain in place for large parts of the state. In California, daytime records were also set last week at Chino (48.9C), Burbank airport (45.6C) and Van Nuys airport (47.2C). The temperature at University of California, Los Angeles, hit 43.9C, breaking a 79-year-old record Furnace Creek in Death Valley national park in California, USA, recorded a temperature of 52.0C on the 8th.
Ouargla, in Algeria's Sahara Desert, reported a maximum temperature of 51C today. It is likely that this is the highest reliable temperature ever recorded in Algeria. WMO's Weather and Climate Extremes Archive currently lists Kebili, Tunisia, as being Africa's highest temperature with 55C recorded in July 1931. However, there have been questions about the reliability of colonial era temperature records in Africa.
Parts of western Japan hit by deadly floods and landslides are facing unprecedented danger as more downpours are expected, officials warn. More than 60 people are dead and dozens missing after record rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks in Hiroshima and other areas. Two million people have been ordered to evacuate. PM Shinzo Abe said rescuers were "working against time". "There are still many people missing and others in need of help," the prime minister told reporters on Sunday. Since Thursday parts of western Japan have received three times the usual rainfall for the whole of July, setting off floods and landslides. Most of the deaths have occurred in Hiroshima prefecture. In the town of Motoyama, 583mm of rain fell between Friday morning and Saturday morning. An official at the Japanese Meteorological Agency told a news conference: "This is a situation of extreme danger." 11th - update: The death toll reached 179 today. The Japan Meteorological Agency, said three hours of rainfall in one area in Kochi prefecture accumulated to 263 mm, the highest since such records started in 1976. This is the highest death toll caused by rainfall in Japan since 1982.
A huge iceberg has drifted close to a village in western Greenland, prompting a partial evacuation in case it splits and the resulting wave swamps homes. The iceberg is looming over houses on a promontory in the Innaarsuit village but is grounded and did not move overnight, local media say. Local officials say they have never seen such a big iceberg before. Last summer, four people died after waves swamped houses in north-western Greenland after an earthquake. Those of Inaarsuit's 169 residents living nearest the iceberg have been moved, Danish news agency Ritzau said. "There are cracks and holes that make us fear it can calve any time," village council member Susanne Eliassen told the local newspaper Sermitsiaq.

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Last updated 15 July 2018.

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