Already complained about the weather today? If you’re too hot or too cold, you’ve got lots of company around the world:
Australia’s heat wave
The country is struggling with bush fires and record heat with temperatures soaring off the charts. Today, Western Australia is facing a category 3 tropical cyclone, named Narelle, that already whipped up a wall of dust and water on Australia’s northwest coast. There was no immediate risk, but people were asked to prepare for more severe weather.AP Photos / NSW Rural Fire Service, James Morris"/> Firefighters are battling scores of wildfires in southeastern Australia as authorities evacuate national parks and warned that hot, dry and windy conditions were combining to raise the threat to its highest alert level. AP Photos / NSW Rural Fire Service, James Morris AP Photo/NSW Rural Fire Service, James Morris
Drought in the Midwest
On Wednesday, the US Agriculture Department designated 597 countries in 14 states as natural disaster areas after they experienced drought and heat for eight consecutive weeks. Farmers in the designated areas are now eligible for low-interest loans.AP Photos / Nati Harnik"/> Corn stalks stand in a snowy field near La Vista, Nebraska. Despite some big storms in December, much of the US is still desperate for relief from the nation’s longest dry spell in decades. AP Photos / Nati Harnik
Freezing winter in China
China is going through its coldest winter in three decades. Many airports, trains and highways have been closed while the national temperature average has hovered at 25 degrees Fahrenheit since the end of November—the lowest average temperature in 28 years.
India is shivering, too
Last week, Dehli recorded 1.9 degrees Celcius (about 35 degrees Fahrenheit), the lowest in 44 years. The Indian Red Cross Society has started distributing blankets in the country’s north. More than 100 people have died from the cold so far. Schools have been closed since Sunday.
Snow in the Middle East
A large storm system has brought heavy rain and snow to countries in the Middle East. Schools and government offices were closed.
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