UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line – the sweatiest place in London

There’s hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). As the Central line is the most stifling, Simon Usborne braved its entire length to discover what its passengers suffer–the-sweatiest-place-in-london-10359295.html

Ebola Returns to Liberia

Health workers leave after they took a blood specimen from a child to test for the Ebola virus in a area were a 17-year old boy died from the virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Abbas Dulleh / AP)

Less than two months after Liberia was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization, the virus is back in the country. Over the weekend, a 17-year-old boy died in a small town outside the Liberian capital of Monrovia, The New York Times reports. His family had the burial team swab his body to test for the virus. The tests came back positive, as did a blood test taken by an Ebola response team on Tuesday. According to The Times, a clinic initially diagnosed the boy with malaria, which has similar symptoms to the early stages of Ebola. Agence France-Presse reports that two more patients have tested positive for the disease, and according to the WHO’s latest situation report, health authorities have identified 102 people who were in contact with the boy, a number that is “expected to increase as investigations continue.” ………..   Ebola Returns to Liberia

Pakistan’s Heatwave Taking Toll on Country’s Poor Christian Population

ICC Note:  Pakistan’s deadly heatwave continues to kill. For weeks now, areas in southern Pakistan have daily registered temperatures over 110 degrees. These deadly temperatures, in connection with Pakistan’s common power cuts, have caused the deaths of thousands. Many of these victims come from Pakistan’s poor. According to local sources, Christians have been disproportionately affected by the heatwave due to their low economic status caused by widespread discrimination. Remember to pray for all those affected by Pakistan’s heatwave.  

7/1/2015 Pakistan (ICN) – For several weeks now, Pakistan – but particularly the southern Sindh province – has been in the grip of a devastating heat wave, where temperatures were daily at 48C and 49C. Nawabshah, north of Hyderabad, registered at least 49C for four days in a row; 24 May saw the highest temperature of Pakistan’s heat wave: 49.5 C in Nawabshah.  [Full StoryPakistan’s Heatwave Taking Toll on Country’s Poor Christian Population

UK weather sees inch-wide hailstones fall as thunderstorms sweep the country

Just hours after Britain experienced the hottest July day on record, thunderstorms swept through the north of the country leaving more than 57,500 homes without power today.   UK weather sees inch-wide hailstones fall as thunderstorms sweep the country

UK weather sees hottest July 1 as heat nudging 97F already claims one life

Temperatures could hit 36C (97F) in Britain today making it the hottest July 1 on record, but northern parts of the country will see thunderstorms and hail showers triggered by the heat this afternoon. UK weather sees hottest July 1 as heat nudging 97F already claims one life

Record 137,000 migrants crossed Mediterranean this year

A record 137,000 people crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in the first half of 2015, most of them fleeing war, conflict and persecution, says UN  Record 137,000 migrants crossed Mediterranean this year

A Summer of Fatal Weather: Pakistan’s Heat Wave

A man cools off from a public tap after filling bottles during intense hot weather in Karachi, Pakistan. (Akhtar Soomro / Reuters)

As of Thursday, more than 1,000 people have died because of a heat wave in Pakistan, a catastrophe made worse by its coincidence with Ramadan, during which many Muslims refrain from eating or drinking water during daylight hours. The heat wave is the latest of several episodes of fatally severe weather across the world this summer, including droughts, storms, and floods in the United States and Mexico.  As NPR’s Christopher Joyce has explained, it can be difficult to trace whether any single bout of extreme weather is attributable to climate change—witness the debate among scientists in Pakistan on whether the country’s heat wave is linked to a changing climate. But there is widespread scientific consensus that climate change generally makes extreme weather events such as flooding, droughts, and heat waves much more frequent and more intense.   A Summer of Fatal Weather: Pakistan’s Heat Wave