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Earth Endured Its Hottest Month Ever Recorded

Final data will be in on Monday

(Newser) - Last month was the hottest ever recorded, either equaling or surpassing July 2016—we'll know which on Monday. Preliminary data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service runs through July 29 and found the monthly global average temperature anomaly was 1.2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. The final data... More »

Landlord Killed Over Lack of AC: Report

Maryse Malin was remembered as a 'sweet, kind, and caring' woman

(Newser) - A French landlord was allegedly killed Monday by a tenant who was desperate for air-conditioning, the Local France reports. With much of Europe sweltering in a heatwave , 71-year-old Maryse Malin was shot dead Monday in Les Arcs-sur-Argens, a village in south-east France. The alleged gunman is a 66-year-old army veteran... More »

Temperature in Paris Climbs to a Record 108

As heat records are broken all across Europe

(Newser) - All-time heat records are being set across Europe as the continent deals with its second summer heat wave . Paris hit a record high of 108.7 degrees Fahrenheit Thursday, as tourists streamed to any body of water they could find to escape the heat, USA Today reports. All-time records were... More »

Bad News for Notre Dame? Europe's Record-Breaking Heat

Historical architect worries that soaked stone walls could dry too quickly, collapse

(Newser) - Europe is sweltering amid a heat wave that's overheating bodies and breaking records, with the AP reporting that people were cooling off in any handy body of water including public fountains and the sea. The Guardian reports that the Netherlands and Belgium both broke all-time heat records in what... More »

Cops: It's Too Hot to Commit Crime

Police in Braintree, Mass., would appreciate it if you would break the law when it's cooler outside

(Newser) - Baby, it's hot outside and the fine officers at the police department in Braintree, Mass., really do not feel like dealing with your criminal shenanigans until "Monday when it's cooler." CNN reports on the department's cheeky Facebook post, which encouraged "anyone thinking of doing... More »

Scorching Heat Is Widespread

The National Weather Service calls it a 'dangerous heat wave'

(Newser) - Americans from Texas to Maine sweated out a steamy Saturday as a heat wave canceled events from festivals to horse races and pushed New York City to order power-saving steps to avoid overtaxing the electrical grid. The National Weather Service said "a dangerous heat wave" was expected to break... More »

National Weather Service Bakes Biscuits, to Make Point

Experiment demonstrates heat wave danger

(Newser) - To give everyone an idea of what this week's heat can do to humans and pets in cars, the National Weather Service in Omaha demonstrated its effect on biscuit dough. A pan with four future biscuits was placed on the dashboard of a car parked in the sun, the... More »

Anchorage Cancels Fireworks Amid Record-Breaking Heat

Thursday was city's hottest day on record

(Newser) - Anchorage, Alaska, isn't the first city people tend to associate with sizzling temperatures—but it's been baking this week in its worst heat wave on record. The National Weather Service says it recorded a temperature of 89 degrees Fahrenheit at the city's airport Thursday, smashing the previous... More »

Europe Battles Historic Heat

(Newser) - Western Europe dealt with a heat wave Friday that has reached historic levels. Wildfires raged in Spain , French officials urged citizens to care of themselves and each other in the record heat, and climate officials in Geneva predicted that such extreme weather will only become more intense and last longer.... More »

Coming to the Autobahn This Week: Speed Limits

Thanks to Europe's heat wave

(Newser) - Germany's famously fast Autobahn won't be quite so fast this week. Due to the record-breaking heat wave currently sweeping over Europe, German officials have decided to impose speed limits on some portions of the country's motorways that typically have no limit. They're concerned that the unusually... More »

France Expected to Break Heat Record Friday. That's Weird

Weird because heat records are usually set in July or August

(Newser) - Typically, national record-high temperatures are set in July or August. In some parts of Europe, they are likely to be broken in June. The continent has been hit with an early summer heat wave, and some are predicting temperatures could reach 45C (113F) in certain parts of France Friday. The... More »

After Visibly Shaking, Merkel Explains

German chancellor says she was dehydrated during ceremony on hot day

(Newser) - Angela Merkel was seen shaking uncontrollably Tuesday during a welcoming ceremony for Ukraine's president—but she blames dehydration and says all is fine now. "I've drunk at least three glasses of water, which I apparently needed, and now I'm doing very well," the German chancellor... More »

Prison System Spent $670K on Slushie Makers for Guards

New Zealand's DOC defends the move

(Newser) - New Zealand has about 9,000 people behind bars and another 9,000 staff members manning the prisons, and the country's department of corrections was fearful yet another hot summer could fuel an increase in violence between the two groups. Its solution? A whole lot of slushie machines. The... More »

New National Heat Record Set in Australia

Adelaide temperature hits 115.9 degrees Fahrenheit

(Newser) - Adelaide has sweltered through the highest temperature ever recorded by a major Australian city, peaking at a searing 115.9 degrees Fahrenheit as the drought-parched nation heads toward potentially the hottest January on record. The South Australia state capital city of 1.3 million people on Thursday beat its previous... More »

3 Months Later, Answer in Case of Mail Carrier Found Dead

Peggy Frank died of hyperthermia

(Newser) - The coroner's office says a Los Angeles mail carrier found dead inside her postal truck amid scorching temperatures died primarily from overheating, the AP reports. Temperatures reached 117 degrees during the week in July that Peggy Frank died in the Woodland Hills neighborhood. The Orange County Register reports that... More »

Sweden Has a New Highest Point

Reindeer are suffering, too

(Newser) - Sweden's (former) highest peak has been taken down a few notches, thanks to the summer heat wave currently scorching Europe. Until recently, a glacier perched atop the southern peak of the Kebnekaise mountain rose higher than any other point in the country. But, as of Wednesday, it had melted... More »

Postal Carrier Dies in Truck During 117-Degree Heat Wave

It's not clear what caused the death of Peggy Frank, 63

(Newser) - A 63-year-old postal carrier was found dead in her mail truck Friday amid a record-breaking heat wave in the Los Angeles area, CBS LA reports. Peggy Frank was found unresponsive in the Woodland Hills area, where temperatures had reached 117 degrees that afternoon, by a neighbor. Paramedics called to the... More »

Fatalities, Nudity, and Melting Roads Mark Earth's Heat Wave

Scary stories from Quebec and Hong Kong

(Newser) - You may have noticed, it's hot outside. So did a man who strolled through Burlington, Vermont, Thursday without a stitch on and managed to avoid any reaction from the police, the Burlington Free Press reports. "It looks out of place; it is out of place—it's weird,... More »

Melting Roofs, Buckling Roads, and Deaths in Global Heat Wave

Record-setting temps have been set around the world over the past week

(Newser) - A city in Oman set a heat record last week, but it's not the only place registering record-setting mercury. The Washington Post lists the places worldwide that have been experiencing never-before-recorded heat over the past week, caused by heat pressure or heat domes across the Northern Hemisphere. In North... More »

As US Bakes, Denver Ties a Record

Temperatures in the Mile High City hit 105 this week

(Newser) - Denver experienced its very own Rocky Mountain high on Thursday, when thermometers hit 105 degrees, tying the city’s all-time record set on June 26, 2012, reports CBS News . Other places in Colorado were even hotter. On Thursday, Lamar, Colo., scored a sizzling 109, notes the Denver Post . The heat,... More »

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