Intense heat in Pakistan has killed 3 people in Odisha. The Angul district reached temperatures of 44.7ºC (111.2 ºF.) Nine towns reported temperatures almost as high, at a minimum 40º (104ºF). That’s hotter than the average temperature for the month of June! In California, high temperatures are the least of their worries. Not only has this winter brought more snow than ever before since record keeping, the rising heat is melting it at a record rate. This is expected to make the Merced River in Yosemite National Park overflow its banks by about a foot. There is also a great deal of danger to people who use the river for recreation, as the water will be faster and colder than usual. Meanwhile in Cuba, a million people are suffering from some level of drought, and a lot of it is severe to exceptional. Numerous reservoirs are only 36.5% filled or less. Several are under 25% filled. All told, 71% of the island is affected by poor rainfall. Meanwhile, wildfires raged across California, scorching over 1550 acres (627 hectares).
In Triangle, North Carolina, serious flooding has shut down several roads and buildings and stranded a number of cars. In New Jersey, a severe thunderstorm caused flooding and caused cars to drive off the road. In much of the American Midwest, including Indiana, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri, serious flooding has killed at least two people and washed out several roads. Some communities are completely cut off from their neighbours. In parts of India, farmers faced complete devastation. A thunderstorm damaged an estimated 500 tonnes of mangoes. Because damaged mangoes sell for only a fifth of the price of pristine mangoes, which would have been harvested in the coming weeks, the economic impact of this amounts to something close to $4,000,000. At the beginning of April in Columbia, over 254 people were killed after horrific flooding. They were largely swept away in their sleep. An additional 200 sustained injuries, some serious, and hundreds of homes were destroyed. 500 people were forced to stay in emergency shelters as their homes were inaccessible. What caused the tragedy was 130mm of rain in less than two days.