The UK's mini-heatwave is set to end with heavy rain which may cause flooding in parts of the UK. Monday the hottest day of the year is forecast in the UK before the weather rapidly goes downhill. Extreme weather and natural disasters in other parts of the world however will cause major disruption and loss of life.
Two powerful earthquakes hit China today. A strong earthquake recorded in a rural area of China Monday killing at least 75 people and injuring more than 400. The first earthquake struck close to Dingxi city and had a magnitude of 5.98. An hour later the same area was hit by a 5.6 quake.
Extreme weather has caused problems in many countries during the 21st century and this year alone, China has faced tough flooding challenges that have killed 701 people, left 347 missing and caused damages amounting to billions of dollars,
Ten days ago parts of China suffered extreme flooding. Rainstorms reported as the worst in 50 years, ravaged the Sichuan province of China, in what was a waterlogged week for the area. Torrential rain has battered the region resulting in large-scale damage and loss of life. Large areas of the region were affected, with bridges washed away, a landslide burying 30 people, homes gone and hundreds of people trapped in a tunnel. Emergency services face a tough task as floodwaters continue to rise and turn calm waterways into powerful raging masses. Roads washed away or underwater make rescue efforts tricky, to say the least.
New Zealand earthquake
Sunday as reported on TEK, Wellington parliament was damaged when an earthquake struck. Structural damage and travel disruption occurred but there are no reports of injuries or fatalities.
Canadian wild weather
Wild weather has rolled in and over parts of Canada, with flash flooding, strong winds and possible tornadoes reported. Towns in New Brunswick area have been battered. Over the weekend there were reports of possible "tornado touchdowns" in Oromocto, N.B.
Parts of the USA are recovering from a crippling heatwave that is thankfully ended. Parts of the Midwest and Northeast sweltered in the relentless heat and at least one person died.
Whatever the reason, be it global warming, climate change, or strange weather cicyles our weather will be one of the biggest challenges to future generations. As extreme wether events become normal occurences life will change considerably. Is there anything we can do to prevent more extreme weather, is it out of our hands, or perhaps already too late?