This week across the country severe weather and flooding made headlines and left countless Canadians with damages to their homes and property, but as a country we were not alone as several other areas were exposed to extreme conditions. Here are five places where the weather might be worse.
KUWAIT: Extreme heat
Kuwait is no stranger to scorching temperatures. With its desert terrain and hot, dry climate, the country typically reaches mean high temperatures of up to 48°C. Kuwait reached a record high of close to 54°C on July 31 of last year.
This Thursday is no exception as its capital is currently experiencing a sweltering 43°C, but will “cool down” later this evening with a low of 38°C.
While Kuwait may experience very hot and humid air, Singapore faces its own problems.
Pollution continues to be a problem for Singapore, with the Pollution Standard Index (PSI) hitting a record of 401 on June 21 of this year. To put that number into context, the PSI does not have additional rankings past 301.
The haze has called emergency meetings into effect, and certain protocols, such as wearing respiratory masks, are being put in place to protect citizens from the hazardous air conditions. To read about efforts in place to ensure the safety of Singaporeans click here.
COLORADO, USA: Highway mudslide
This past Wednesday, drivers were left stranded as a mudslide occurred on Highway 24.
The reason for the mudslide is twofold. The flash flooding, caused by heavy rain, directly caused the mudslide to occur. Indirectly, forest fires destroyed soil and vegetation last year that normally would have absorbed heavy rainfalls.
Things went from bad to worse for Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
After experiencing flash flooding of their own during a downpour Wednesday morning, Pennsylvania then received a tornado warning.
Just 45 minutes outside of Pittsburgh in New Beaver, a funnel cloud emerged and then touched down on the ground. According to reports, numerous trees were destroyed but no injuries have been reported so far.