A number of cities in North America are suffering through an end of summer heat wave. Seattle broke a record with 93ºF (33.8ºC,) which is 20ºF (11ºC) hotter than usual. In Detroit, temperatures were as high as a record breaking 96ºF (36ºC). Midwestern crop production is threatened by the record temperatures found throughout the midwest, in particular corn and soybean may yield less than usual. Ontario has seen extreme temperatures this week as well, and has like Detroit opened a number of respite centers. Even Death Valley, California is expected to break its record high of 105ºF (40ºC) with a scorching 109ºF (43ºC).
Meanwhile, Chennai, India is experiencing flooding after heavy rainfall there. Residents in low lying areas have been evacuated as the flooding is expected to get worse. Some roads and schools have already been closed. Three people have died in Boulder, Colorado, due to an unprecedented deluge there. The National Wether Service reported collapsed houses near Jamestown. In Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, flooding is being blamed for at least one person’s death. They and other municipalities in northern Ontario have declared states of emergency. Roads have washed out all over the region.
In other news, the first hurricane of the season is Hurricane Humberto, which misses the record for the earliest hurricane by a mere nine hours. That record was set by Hurricane Gustave in 2002.
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