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Warsaw zoo attendant Piotr Trochim sprays a rhinoceros with water to help it fight rare, extreme heat reaching 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, the year’s hottest day in Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)/AP

09.08.2013 Heat Wave Hungary [Statewide] Damage level
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Heat Wave in Hungary on Wednesday, 07 August, 2013 at 07:12 (07:12 AM) UTC.

 

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Highest level heatwave alert has been issued in Hungary, when the temperature is higher than 27 degrees Celsius (80 F) will be the next few days. The expected maximum temperature is 40-41 degrees Celsius (104-105 F). Due to the high temperature water shortages have emerged in smaller settlements.

Heat Wave in Hungary on Wednesday, 07 August, 2013 at 07:12 (07:12 AM) UTC.

 

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Updated: Friday, 09 August, 2013 at 13:32 UTC
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Thousands of Roma have been queueing in a Hungarian town for water during a record heatwave after their mayor shut down many of the public pumps on which the impoverished community depends. With temperatures peaking at 40C (104 Fahrenheit) for several days, the Hungarian government intervened on Wednesday, ordering Mayor Pal Furjes to restore full water supplies to slums in the northeastern town of Ozd where the Roma live.

 

Hungarian Roma queue for water in heatwave after pumps shut down

 

 

Roma man cools himself at the impoverished outskirts of Ozd

Roma man cools himself at the impoverished outskirts of Ozd (Laszlo Balogh Reuters, / August 7, 2013)

 

 

OZD, Hungary (Reuters) – Thousands of Roma have been queueing in a Hungarian town for water during a record heatwave after their mayor shut down many of the public pumps on which the impoverished community depends.

With temperatures peaking at 40C (104 Fahrenheit) for several days, the Hungarian government intervened on Wednesday, ordering Mayor Pal Furjes to restore full water supplies to slums in the northeastern town of Ozd where the Roma live.

Local Roma expressed sarcastic disgust about the mayor’s decision, which they said had been made without any warning. “I can fill this bucket up with my own spit before this trickle does,” said Gyorgy Kiss as he stood at a pump that remained open but had little water pressure.

“We thank the mayor very much. Next time he should shut down our air supply, too,” said Kiss, a father of five sons.

Roma suffer discrimination and persecution across much of Europe. On Tuesday, a Hungarian court jailed four neo-Nazis for killing Roma families in a spree of racist violence in 2008 and 2009 that shocked the country and led to accusations that police had failed to protect the minority.

Roma often live in miserable conditions without power or mains water. This forces them to trek to public pumps with buckets to collect water for washing and cooking.

However, Ozd’s municipal government closed more than half the town’s pumps and restricted pressure to others, accusing local people of abusing the free supply by spraying water around. This had left the town with a 12 million forint ($53,400) annual bill it cannot afford, it said.

 

 

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Temperature records broken in Austria and Hungary

 

Posted Thursday, Aug. 08, 2013

 

 

Temperatures have hit all-time highs in Austria and neighboring Hungary as a stubborn heat wave nears the end of its second week.

Thursday’s 40.5 degrees Celsius (105 degrees Fahrenheit Thursday eclipsed the previous record of 39.9 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) set just five days before.

In Hungary, temperatures were fractionally lower at 40 C Thursday. Officials there have issued a heat warning, while some government ministries have relaxed dress codes. For men, that means ties and jackets can be left at home. For women, pantyhose is optional.

 

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Naturalists urge British public to help wildlife survive the hot weather

 

Hot weather and dought at RSPB reserve : The plantation pond is drying up at The Lodge in Sandy

The plantation pond drying up at RSPB reserve, The Lodge in Sandy, Bedford. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

While many of us are enjoying the heatwave, naturalists have urged the British public to help wildlife struggling to survive as water and food supplies have dwindled in the heat.

After six consecutive days of 30C-plus temperatures and with rainfall at only around 15% of average monthly totals so far, wardens at The Lodge in Sandy, an RSPB nature reserve in Bedfordshire, are working to keep their animals, insects, pondlife and trees well hydrated.

Richard James, wildlife adviser for the RSPB at The Lodge reserve said ponds need to be constantly topped up, otherwise species such as natterjack toads will leave the water before they’re fully developed.

Gull chick taking a splash! Heatwaves and hot weather are affecting local wildlife too. Video: JennyBrighton via GuardianWitness

All flora and fauna, from bumblebees to bats, need water to stay alive, but some species are finding the heat more difficult than others. For example, house sparrows – who tend not to venture far from their nests – require a source of water nearby.

Conservationists suggest putting out a plate of water in the garden or balcony and filling up ponds. However water straight from the tap contains organic concentrates which can be toxic to certain animals, James said. Water left to stand for a day in a bucket is ideal.

Like humans, birds and animals need to keep their body temperature below lethal temperatures and most do so by panting. At high temperatures, they can rapidly become dehydrated and can die within a matter of hours.

Staff at a nature reserve in Kent this week even witnessed a chaffinch drop dead in front of them. Tim Webb from the RSPB said that although it was rare to witness birds dying from the heat, large numbers will have perished. “Most birds will die hidden in thick shrubbery so it’s very unusual to see a chaffinch collapse like that outside the shop. But this bird was one of hundreds, if not thousands, that won’t have made it through the heatwave.”

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06.07.2013 Heat Wave USA State of Massachusetts, [Western regions] Damage level Details

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Heat Wave in USA on Saturday, 06 July, 2013 at 17:52 (05:52 PM) UTC.

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It’s going to be another sticky, steamy and sweltering day. Saturday will bring another round of 90s to the Boston area as the heat wave continues. A Heat Advisory has been posted for most of Mass, excluding the South Coast, Cape and Islands, for the likelihood of heat indices 100 degrees or higher. Boston, MetroWest, the Merrimack Valley, North Shore, South Shore and CT River Valley will reach 90 around noon and teeter in the low-mid 90s through the afternoon. Add dew points around 70 degrees and it will feel 10 degrees hotter! It can become dangerous if you’re not drinking enough water and passing the time in a well ventilated space. Sunscreen in a must! The rip current risk is low this weekend but the UV Index is VERY HIGH. You will burn if you skip the sun protection. The water will feel nice with ocean temps 64-69 degrees. Beach winds: W/SE 10-15 mph. The Cape will see sunshine and highs in the low-mid 80s. The humidity will be high there too. If you plan to be outside Saturday evening, be ready for low and mid 80s at 8 PM. It’s definitely a short sleeve and bug spray kinda night. A few chances will take place Sunday. Highs will still reach the lower 90s, but t-storm chances increase slightly. The mostly likely placement for t-storm development will be north and west of Boston. There will be a 40- to 50-percent chance in western and central Mass into southwestern NH. The Boston area, southeastern NH and North Shore have a 30-percent chance of rain/storm Sunday. Then chances fall across southeastern Mass where I expect it will stay dry. The Cape only has a 10-percent chance of a Sunday storm. How ever you want to spin it, I don’t expect widespread severe weather. With the isolated storms that do develop tomorrow, we’ll have to watch for the potential of heavy downpours that result in locally heavy rain over a short amount of time.

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Heat wave in Massachusetts brings ‘tropical’ conditions

By Stephanie Barry, The Republican
on July 06, 2013 at 4:46 PM, updated July 06, 2013 at 9:02 PM

heat2.JPGSPRINGFIELD – Swimmers try to stay cool at Five Mile Pond in Springfield Saturday, as temperatures were again over 90 degrees.

SPRINGFIELD – Local residents sought various methods of relief from “tropical heat” that persisted today with 90-plus temperatures that felt like 100-plus temperatures due to the humidity, according to CBS3 meteorologist Nick Morganelli.

Air-conditioned shopping malls and public lakes saw a spike in activity today as everyone tried to beat the heat.

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Eastern Massachusetts enters fourth day of heat wave

07/06/2013 6:37 PM

Hot tropical air continues to blow upward from the Gulf of Mexico, making today the fourth consecutive day of over-90 degree weather — and the fourth day of the season’s second heat wave.

Most of Eastern Massachusetts, including Boston, will see a high in the lower 90s today, said Charles Foley, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, and a heat advisory for the region remains in effect. The dewpoint, which measures moisture in the air, is roughly 70 degrees.

“That means the heat is oppressive,” Foley said. “Since the air already has a lot of moisture, it won’t evaporate your sweat. Around the area, it’s going to feel like New Orleans or Cuba or Miami.”

There will be some relief on the south coast and Cape Cod, he said, where temperatures will likely peak in the 80s or, in some cases, the high 70s. Elsewhere, the heat wave is expected to continue into Sunday, he said, though there will be a higher chance of rain and temperatures may not be quite as high.

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06.07.2013 Heat Wave Japan [Statewide] Damage level Details

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Heat Wave in Japan on Saturday, 06 July, 2013 at 17:50 (05:50 PM) UTC.

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A heat wave enveloped much of Japan on Saturday, sending temperatures soaring beyond 30 degrees in more than 300 places nationwide, the Meteorological Agency reported. The agency also said the rainy season in the Kanto-Koshin region, which includes the Tokyo metropolitan area, is believed to have ended 15 days earlier than usual. On Saturday, the Hokuriku region facing the Sea of Japan experienced a “moshobi,” or “day of extreme heat,” with temperatures exceeding 35 degrees, the agency said. The heat prompted the agency to issue heatstroke advisories in some regions, including Kanto-Koshin and Tohoku, recommending that people hydrate often and use air conditioning if necessary. According to the agency, just after midday the mercury hit 36 degrees in Koga, Ibaraki Prefecture, and 35.9 in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture. Other hot spots included Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture, at 35.8 degrees, Mitoyo, Kagawa Prefecture, at 35.4, Miyazu, Kyoto Prefecture, at 35.2, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, at 35.1, and Iga, Mie Prefecture, at 35. Central Tokyo meanwhile reached 33 degrees, the agency said. Surprisingly, the rainy season in Kanto ended earlier than in some western regions, such as Kinki and Shikoku, it said. This is because a high-pressure system over the Pacific reached Kanto first by coming from the southeast. Usually, the summer anticyclone comes from the south, arriving in western regions first.

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Heat wave marks end of rainy season in Tokyo

Kyodo

Jul 6, 2013

A heat wave enveloped much of Japan on Saturday, sending temperatures soaring beyond 30 degrees in more than 300 places nationwide, the Meteorological Agency reported.

The agency also said the rainy season in the Kanto-Koshin region, which includes the Tokyo metropolitan area, is believed to have ended 15 days earlier than usual.

On Saturday, the Hokuriku region facing the Sea of Japan experienced a “moshobi,” or “day of extreme heat,” with temperatures exceeding 35 degrees, the agency said.

The heat prompted the agency to issue heatstroke advisories in some regions, including Kanto-Koshin and Tohoku, recommending that people hydrate often and use air conditioning if necessary.

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24.06.2013 Heat Wave Canada Province of Ontario, [Southern regions] Damage level
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Heat Wave in Canada on Monday, 24 June, 2013 at 05:21 (05:21 AM) UTC.

 

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The official start of summer has brought sweltering conditions through southern Ontario, with Toronto being placed under a heat alert until until further notice. By the end of Sunday afternoon, Environment Canada had recorded a high of 32 C at Pearson International Airport, with the humidex factor hitching the perceived temperature to 40. With high numbers registering on the thermometer, humidex index and UV scale, residents were reminded about staying in the shade, hydrating and keeping an eye on vulnerable people, such as children, isolated adults and the elderly. The city also posted a list of cooling locations where people could find air-conditioning and relief. Toronto Associate Medical Officer of Health Barbara Yaffe declared the heat alert Sunday morning, the second this year in the city. The first heat alert, three weeks ago, was brief but this time, mercury readings are expected to remain above 30 degrees until Wednesday, with risks of thunderstorms. Further west, health officials issued a heat alert for Wellington county, Dufferin county and the city of Guelph since Saturday, with the humid, sweltering conditions also expected to last until mid-week. It was also a scorching weekend in the Ottawa area. However, with the humidex hovering under 35, the City of Ottawa’s public-health department rescinded the heat warning it initially issued for Sunday.

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Heat Wave in Canada on Monday, 24 June, 2013 at 05:21 (05:21 AM) UTC.

 

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Updated: Monday, 24 June, 2013 at 13:29 UTC
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Toronto’s medical officer has upgraded an existing heat alert to an extreme heat alert with temperatures expected to hit 33 C today under a humidex advisory. “The air out here, even in the early morning hours, is already warm and sticky,” CBC’s Linda Ward reported at 7:30 a.m. ET Monday. “People on their way to work are basking in this blast of summer but are also eager to get to their air-conditioned workplaces.” CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland said the high humidity is what prompted the heat alert upgrade. “It’s not necessarily the temperature on the thermometer we have to worry about,” he said. “It’s what it feels like with the humidity in place. We are looking at humidex values in the high 30s to approaching the 40-degree mark this afternoon.” The extreme heat alert means the city will open cooling centres open and may extend the opening hours of city pools. During an extreme heat alert, people are encouraged to check on family, friends and neighbours, especially vulnerable adults and children, to make sure they are keeping cool and drinking plenty of fluids. People are also encouraged to seek shelter at air-conditioned shopping malls, libraries, community centres and city-run cooling centres in order to stay cool. Other tips on coping with the heat include drinking lots of cool water, wearing loose, breathable clothing and a hat, staying in the shade and never leaving children, seniors or pets unattended in a car. The city first issued a heat alert on Sunday, as temperatures began to climb and eventually reached 32.1 C. Officials say the extreme heat alert will be in effect until further notice. High temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week, before cooling off by Friday.

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City upgrades heat alert to extreme heat alert

Chris Kitching, CP24.com
Published Monday, June 24, 2013 6:53AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, June 24, 2013 8:10PM EDT

 

Toronto Public Health has upgraded its heat alert to an extreme heat alert, meaning cooling centres are open and pool hours are extended at some facilities as people try to stay cool.

 

The city upgraded the alert Monday, as the region sweats through hot and humid weather that is expected to last until the middle of the week.

 

A humidex advisory was previously issued by Environment Canada.

 

Temperatures of at least 30 C and humidex values near 40 are expected until Thursday, when a weather disturbance is expected to move into the region and bring a greater chance of rain and thunderstorms that should break the heat, Environment Canada says.

 

Monday will bring a high of 31 C, mix of sun and cloud, rain and a risk of thunderstorms in the afternoon. The UV index will be 9 or very high.

 

The temperature is a few degrees lower near Lake Ontario.

 

People who are looking for a place to escape the heat can head to air-conditioned shopping malls, libraries or community centres, or one of the following cooling centres operated by the city:

 

  • Metro Hall, 55 John St. (24 hours)
  • East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • North York Civic Centre, 511 Yonge St. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Driftwood Community Centre, 4401 Jane St. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • McGregor Community Centre, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Centennial Park Community Centre, 1967 Ellesmere Rd. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

 

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12.06.2013 Heat Wave USA State of Colorado, [Colorado-wide] Damage level Details

Heat Wave in USA on Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 at 04:49 (04:49 AM) UTC.

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More weather records are being broken as a heat wave continues across Colorado. Denver and Pueblo broke high temperature records for the second straight day Tuesday, both before noon. Denver reached 96 and Pueblo hit 101 and the mercury is expected to keep climbing. The hottest weather is expected in parched southeastern Colorado, where it’s expected to reach 109 in Lamar. The fire danger is high across much of the state because winds are expected to pick up, making it easy for fires to spread in the heat. Some small wildfires are already burning, including one sparked by lighting at Rocky Mountain National Park. Firefighters are also battling a small blaze in a training area at the Air Force Academy. It’s not known how that fire started. No structures are threatened.

Record heat fuels destructive fires in drought-baked Colorado

Posted by: Dr. Jeff Masters, 1:42 PM GMT on June 12, 2013

Destructive wildfires erupted in three locations in drought-baked Colorado on Tuesday, fanned by strong winds and the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the state so early in the year. The mercury soared to 100°F in Denver on Tuesday, their earliest 100° day on record (previous earliest 100° day: June 14, 2006, 102°.) It was the second consecutive day Denver recorded its hottest temperature for so early in the year. At Lamar in Southeast Colorado, the mercury soared to 111°, just one degree below their hottest temperature ever measured, and 3° shy of the all-time hottest temperature ever measured in Colorado, the 114° reading in Sedgwick on July 11, 1954. The most destructive fire in Colorado Tuesday was the Black Forest fire burning near Colorado Springs. The fire destroyed over 60 buildings and forced the evacuation of several thousand people. The fire was aided by nearly ideal conditions on Tuesday afternoon–Colorado Springs hit 97° (only the 2nd time the city has been that hot this early in the year), with sustained winds of 29 mph gusting to 36 mph, and a humidity of 4%. Colorado Springs is under extreme drought.


Figure 3. Severe weather outlook for Wednesday.

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12.03.2013 Heat Wave Australia State of Victoria, Melbourne Damage level
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Heat Wave in Australia on Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 at 12:51 (12:51 PM) UTC.

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Paramedics are warning that heat is a silent killer as they work overtime dealing with callouts sparked by Melbourne’s record hot spell. Melbourne has made history with a nine-day heatwave of temperatures above 30C. The mercury hit 36.2C on Tuesday, marking the first nine-day run of 30-degree-plus days since records began in 1856, the weather bureau says. While the temperature in some parts of Melbourne reached 37 degrees, the official temperature gauge at Lonsdale Street, which has been the official recorder for 158 years, peaked at 36.2C at 4.16pm (AEDT). Bureau of Meteorology spokesman David Morrison said the remarkable hot spell will give way to strong winds as a cool change approaches on Wednesday. Ambulance Victoria operations manager Paul Holman said extra paramedics had been rostered to deal with heat-related callouts with a 25 per cent increase in workload.

He said overnight temperatures had not dropped, which did not give the ill and elderly time to recover from the heat. “The next 24 to 36 hours are going to be particularly dangerous for the community,” Mr Holman said. “Heat is a silent killer.” Mr Holman urged extra care for the elderly and young children and encouraged people to keep hydrated. The bureau predicts mild to warm weather for the rest of the week and cool, possibly rainy, conditions for the weekend. Fire authorities hold concerns over the strong winds, with an emergency warning issued but then later downgraded as a fast-moving grassfire burned around the Cashmore area in Victoria’s southwest. The fire prompted an evacuation notice, with firefighters protecting 30 homes in Portland West. The March heatwave comes on the back of a hot February, when Melbourne sweltered through six consecutive days above 30C. Overall, Melbourne experienced 14 days over 30C in February, equalling the previous record.

 

 

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08.03.2013 Heat Wave Australia State of Victoria, Melbourne Damage level Details

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Heat Wave in Australia on Friday, 08 March, 2013 at 11:24 (11:24 AM) UTC.

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Melbourne festival goers are being urged to stay safe over the long weekend as a heatwave continues to scorch the city. Ambulance Victoria emergency manager Justin Dunlop said paramedics expected more heat-related callouts over the busy Moomba festival and Labour Day long weekend, including Monday’s Moomba parade. “We’re expecting a lot of people out in the environment, in the community, and that always leads to lots of work,” he told reporters. “What we’d like people to do is when they’re partying by all means drink responsibly but don’t forget to drink lots of water.” The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting Melbourne could swelter through a string of 10 days above 30C, which started with Monday’s 33C day. Mr Dunlop said days of extreme heat could be fatal. “The worst consequences of the heat is we have people in the community pass away,” he said. He urged extra care for the elderly and young children who had trouble regulating their temperature. “It’s been a long period of heat and it’s going to drain everyone’s energy and we need to protect ourselves,” Mr Dunlop said. Kids left in cars were especially vulnerable, Mr Dunlop said. “Ten to 20 minutes is disastrous for a child in the heat.” Weather forecaster Stuart Coombs said Melbourne temperatures could reach into the 30s over the weekend and peak into the high 30s next week before cooling off on Thursday.

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Melbourne’s current hot spell could smash records

Posted by: Michael James | 7 March, 2013 – 11:19 AM

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Melbourne could be on the way to a new record if the current heat wave continues into next week.

The current record hot spell was set way back in February 1961 when the temperature stayed above 30°C for eight days in a row.

If this current run of hot days continues as the Bureau of Meteorology has forecast, it will smash the previous record by two days.

The streak started on Monday when the mercury reached 32.7°C, with the high temperature trend forecast to last until next Wednesday.

“We’re likely to see a cooler change come through next Thursday but that could be short lived,” Senior Forecaster Phil King said.

As the hot weather continue,s it emerged this morning that aircraft key to the state’s fire fighting arsenal are imminently approaching the end of their contracts.

 

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Today Heat Wave Australia State of Western Australia, Perth Damage level
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Heat Wave in Australia on Sunday, 10 February, 2013 at 06:29 (06:29 AM) UTC.

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Perth is officially in a heat wave with temperatures expected to hover around 40 degrees for the next few days. A maximum of 41 degrees was forecast for the city on Sunday, with the mercury expected to remain that high on Monday and Tuesday. But it won’t be beach weather. The Bureau of Meteorology says thunderstorms are likely to develop at the start of the week but will clear by Wednesday when the temperature slips slightly. Temperatures for the rest of the week are expected to remain around the low to mid-30s. With hot days and warm nights expected, the Health Department is reminding people of the risks associated with heat stress. People over the age of 65 and children younger than two years are especially at risk, as well as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, people with heart disease or high blood pressure, and those on certain drugs such as medication for mental illness. People who work outside or who are not used to the heat, such as overseas travellers, may also be at a higher risk. Although the human body can cope well in temperatures less than 32 degrees, higher temperatures can make it hard for the body to cool itself, the department says. “The body loses heat by sweating, but when temperatures are consistently high, sweating isn’t enough to cool down adequately,” the department warns. The effects of heat stress can be mild and include muscle cramps, weakness and headache. Medical advice should be sought if a person experienced high body temperature, nausea, dry hot skin or a rapid heart rate, the department said. To avoid heat stress, people are reminded to remain hydrated, wear loose fitting clothing and stay indoors.

 

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Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:52 CST

Budgerigars drop dead in the heat in Western Australia

Heat waves can be deadly for birds

As the heat wave in Australia continues, many birds may no longer be able to take the heat and large numbers could die as a result, researchers at the Universities of Cape Town and Pretoria warn.

“Heat waves in 2009 and 2010, which did not reach the intensity of the current record-breaking heat wave, led to large die-offs of birds in parts of Australia” says Prof. Andrew McKechnie. Over the last few days, people are beginning to report finding dead birds in their backyards on Twitter. Conditions are likely worsening as the heat wave wears on.

An international research team, led by researchers at the Percy FitzPatrick Instutute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town, are investigating how heat waves affect the physiology and behaviour of birds. They are on high alert for reports of impacts of the current Australian heat wave as such events will be valuable for predicting how climate change will affect birds.

 

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