Five places where the weather might be worse
Thursday, July 11, 2013, 3:20 PM -
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.
Next week forecasts highs of 49°C with a probability of precipitation, at most, of 10 percent. Take a look at the upcoming forecast for Kuwait here.
SINGAPORE: Dangerous haze
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.
Despite the mudslide even sweeping a car off the road, it appears everyone involved was okay and no injuries were reported. For video of the mudslide and more details, click here.
PENNSYLVANIA, USA: Floods and tornados
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.
Unfortunately, the flash flooding alone had a large impact in Pittsburgh, as the city still contends with the flooding problem. For video of the tornado and more details of the event on the whole, click here.
CHINA: Landslides, collapsing bridges, and sinkholes
Flooding in China was a bit more serious than in the United States, as the flood acted as a catalyst for landslides, collapsing bridges, and sinkholes.
According to Xinhau News Agency, 30-40 people were buried in the city of Dujiangyan during the landslide. Rescue efforts are currently being made.
In addition to this, two bridges collapsed in the city of Mianzhu as well as a sinkhole that trapped a car in Baoding. No causalities have been reported. For video of the aftermath of the sinkhole and more details of the event on the whole, click here.