News in Brief 12 August 2021

  • UN weather agency WMO seeks to confirm 48.8C ‘record’ heat spike in Sicily
  • Afghanistan seeks spike in people fleeing amid Taliban advance
  • 3 new COVID-19 drugs picked for latest #Solidarity trials: WHO
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UN weather agency seeks to confirm 48.8°C ‘record’ heat spike in Sicily

UN weather experts said on Thursday that they’re “actively looking” into a possible record temperature for Continental Europe of 48.8 Celsius (119.8 Fahrenheit) near the town of Syracuse in Sicily, amid devastating wildfires in Mediterranean countries and Russia.

News in Brief 29 June 2021

  • Pressure-cooker heatwave danger in Canada, UN northwest: WMO
  • Mali alert: rampant impunity for human rights abuses: Bachelet
  • Tigray crisis can be resolved, with aid access, agencies say
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Record-breaking ‘pressure-cooker’ heatwave hits Canada, US northwest

A "pressure-cooker" heatwave that's broken temperature records twice in 48 hours in the US northwest and western Canada is being mirrored across large parts of the northern hemisphere, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday.

Widespread and early heatwaves impact northern hemisphere, UN weather agency warns

Many parts of Europe have been impacted by a severe and unusually early heatwave since 27 June, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has said, warning of record-breaking temperatures and wildfires in North America and torrential downpours and widespread flooding in southern China.

Heatwave is "unusual", say weather experts

As much of Europe continues to swelter amid record temperatures, UN weather experts insisted on Friday that there’s no reason to expect a repeat of recent deadly heatwaves on the continent.

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Heatwave warning system launched to tackle health threat

Killer heatwaves can catch governments by surprise, but that could be a thing of the past thanks to a new early warning system that’s now available, UN experts said Wednesday.

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