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Indian heat wave death toll rises to 35 
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BHUBANESHWAR, India : At least 35 people have died from sunstroke and dehydration in India over the past two weeks with soaring temperatures gripping vast tracts of the country, officials said Saturday.

Twenty-four people have died in the eastern Indian state of Orissa because of a heat wave, said state revenue minister Manmohan Samal.

He said authorities were investigating whether far more people had been killed in the extreme temperatures.

"The government has heard reports that 113 people have died due to heat-related reasons but we can only confirm 24 deaths right now. We are still investigating the reports," Samal told AFP. [...]

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp.../148787/1/.html




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Posted: May 25 2005, 09:47 PM
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On May 22nd 2005, here in Woodland Hills, So California, we hit a record 104 degrees F.

One man died of heat exhaustion while riding his mountain bike in the local hills and another man died when he tried to cool off and was washed down a stream and drowned.

It's gonna be a hot hot summer!

Advice for some...

Drink lots of non fluoridated water and I suggest even putting cool water on your head and a cool wet towel for your neck.

Stay out of the sun if possible.

Use a safe sunscreen, wear a wide brim hat and even an umbrella works real nice.

Dont put sunscreen on a sunburn and avoid the sun at all costs if already burned.


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Record heat grips Southern California
ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 21, 2005

LOS ANGELES – Record temperatures left Southern Californians sweltering on Saturday as thousands flocked to parks, beaches and malls to beat the heat.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/2...-socalheat.html



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Moscow Swelters in Record Heat Wave
By Anatoly Medetsky
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Moscow sweltered in record heat for a second day Tuesday, as emergency officials said four people drowned as they sought refuge in rivers and ponds and 10 police officers collapsed from heat exhaustion outside the courthouse where Mikhail Khodorkovsky's verdict is being read.

Tuesday's air temperature peaked at 30.8 degrees Celsius at 5 p.m. -- breaking the record of 29.7 degrees set on May 24, 1983, said Nadezhda Satina, spokeswoman for the Moscow weather bureau.

On Monday, the air temperature rose to 29.5 degrees, also topping the previous record for the day -- 29 degrees -- from 1939, Satina said.

But relief is in sight. A cold front is expected to blow across Moscow on Wednesday and Thursday, pushing daytime temperatures down to 21 to 26 degrees for the rest of the month, she said. [...]

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2005/05/25/002.html



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Record heat grips North Texas
May 23, 2005
By REBECCA RODRIGUEZ / WFAA-TV

It's Texas, and it's supposed to get hot - but this early?

Spring 2005 was cooler than normal until summer-like weather hit North Texas with a vengeance this weekend.

Temperatures reached 98 degrees on Sunday at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, breaking the record of 96 set in 1939; Saturday's high of 97 topped the record for that date by a single degree.

Though the average high for this time of year is 85, 90-degree temperatures in May are not unusual. However, Sunday marked the second day in a row that saw a record high set and the third consecutive day of above-average temperatures.

At Richardson's Wildflower Arts and Music Festival, water and even sunblock on ice wasn't enough.

"It comes on all of a sudden, and they're not ready for it," said Richardson Fire Department battalion chief Tim Mock.

Eight people at the festival were overcome by the heat streaming down via sunlight.

"People are getting overheated, and with the sunlight they're not used to it," Mock said. "Wednesday was 85 degrees, and today it's 100."

http://www.txcn.com/sharedcontent/dws/news....29e405299.html


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Record Heat Continues Across Arizona
KPHO.com
22/05/2005 

PHOENIX (AP) -- Record breaking temperatures again Sunday, across the state.

It was 109 degrees Saturday and Sunday in Phoenix.

Sunday's high ties the old record of 109 degrees last set in 2000.

The old Phoenix record of 107 degrees was set on Saturday's date in 2000 and tied in 2003. That record was shattered shortly after 2:30 p-m.

The rest of the state wasn't any better today.

Record high temperatures were set or tied in south-central and southwest Arizona this afternoon.

Monday's forecast isn't expected to be any cooler.

http://www.kpho.com/Global/story.asp?S=3377655&nav=23KuaA1N


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Czech Republic registers record temperature for 113 years
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PRAGUE - The Czech capital Prague on Saturday registered its hottest temperature for the day for 113 years, hitting 31.8 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit), the local authorities said.

The previous record for the day had been recorded in 1892 with 31.6 degrees Celsius.

http://www.terradaily.com/2005/050528215042.zri5wk1i.html



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Five die of heat stroke
Sunday, June 05, 2005

MULTAN, Pakistan: At least five people have died of heat stroke in southern Punjab as the mercury swelled to 44 degrees Celsius on Saturday, officials said.

A railway pensioner, Allah Bakhsh, died in Multan, two people died in Mailsi and Muzaffargarh, while a student of class two and Shabbir Ahmed, a recently married man, died in Sargodha, Dr Muhammad Ali told Daily Times. Dr Ali, Nishtar Hospital’s chief medical officer, said more than 20 people were taken to the emergency ward of the hospital after falling unconscious due to the severe heat. [...]

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?p..._5-6-2005_pg7_3


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Heat wave kills at least 65 in India 
13 June 2005

BHUBANESWAR, India - The death toll due to the heatwave sweeping most of central and southern India climbed to at least 65 on Sunday with 30 new deaths reported from eastern Orissa state, officials said.

At least 54 people have died in Orissa where vast swathes of the rural landscape have seen temperatures soaring to 49 degrees Celsius (120.2 degrees Fahrenheit) The worst affected districts were Titlagarh and Talcher with the elderly and children making up most of the dead, said a state government official who requested anonymity.

He said authorities were investigating whether more people may have died as unofficial reports have put the death toll at over 100 in the state.

Forecasters say the heat wave is likely to last another two days.

The other heat-related deaths were reported in western Maharashtra and southern Andhra Pradesh states where more than 1,400 people died due to severe heat conditions in 2003.

India's seasonal monsoon rains hit the southernmost state of Kerala last week but it would take another fortnight for them to reach the sun-scorched central and northern states, according to weather forecasters.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp.../152382/1/.html



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Heat wave could be start of summer-long trend
Sun, 12 Jun 2005
CBC News

As people in Ontario and Quebec suffer through the first heat wave of the season, Environment Canada is projecting abnormally high temperatures this summer across the country.

"The dice are loaded to give you a warmer summer, so get used to it," said David Phillips, a spokesman for the agency.The darker the colour on this map, the more likely an area is to see above-average temperatures this summer, according to Environment Canada.

"We're going to see a lot of this, this summer."

It's been more than five days since Southern Ontario and parts of Quebec first faced temperatures that approached or topped 30 C – which felt like 41 because of the humidity.

That's about 10 degrees hotter than normal.

Environment Canada said that on Sunday, temperatures reached 30 C in Toronto, 31 C in Ottawa and 32 C in Montreal. [...]

http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/20...eat-050612.html


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Officials move to protect elderly from nation's deadly heat wave
Chicago Tribune
June 28, 2005

ROME, ITALY -- Italy's health minister said Monday that a heat wave linked to at least seven deaths is putting the lives of 1 million elderly Italians at risk and announced steps to protect people older than 80 who live alone.

Health Minister Francesco Storace said Italian authorities want to avoid a repeat of the fatalities of the summer of 2003, when a prolonged heat wave in Europe was blamed for thousands of deaths. Many of those who died were elderly people who lived alone.

"We are alarmed," Storace said at a news conference outlining the measures, which include allowing health clinics access to lists of names of those most at risk--people older than 80 who live alone and who have had repeated recent hospitalizations.

The measures also include house calls on those at risk, TV and radio spots reminding people to drink lots of water and stay inside during the hottest hours, and a toll-free number offering advice on how to cope.

Northern Italy has been hit hardest by the heat wave, with temperatures in Milan, Florence and Turin rising above 95 degrees.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationw...nationworld-hed


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Pakistan heat wave kills 196
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June 28, 2005

Islamabad -- A scorching heat wave sweeping Pakistan has killed at least 196 people, with 120 of the casualties occurring in the worst-hit Punjab province.

There seems to be no early end to the people's miseries as monsoon rains are nowhere in sight, Dawn Tuesday quoted weather and health officials as saying.

Ten deaths occurred in Sindh till Monday evening, taking the toll in the province to about 55.

The highest temperature of 52 degrees Celsius recorded during the heat wave was in Jacobabad in Sindh on Friday.

Conditions had eased in about a third of the area hit by the heat wave but the high temperatures would persist elsewhere till at least Wednesday evening.

June and July are traditionally the country's hottest months before seasonal rains bring relief before a mild autumn.

Hot weather in neighbouring Afghanistan had melted snow on the Hindukush mountains, flooding rivers there and in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province, where about 300 families have been displaced by the swirling waters.

http://news.webindia123.com/news/showdetai...=92189&cat=Asia


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Authorities believe summer heat caused Alton woman's death
BY NICKLAUS LOVELADY
News-Democrat
Jun. 28, 2005

ILLINOIS - A heat wave across the region is believed to have caused the death of an elderly Alton woman over the weekend.

Mabel Fish, 70, was found dead in her home at 624 Shepherd St. in Alton on Saturday by a family member, police said. [...]

http://www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/n...al/12002785.htm


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Heat melts record as Ontario hydro usage soars
By ALAN FINDLAY
Toronto Sun
Tue, June 28, 2005

ONTARIO SUCKED up record levels of electricity to beat the heat yesterday as striking Hydro One workers continued targeting generators that are running flat out to feed air conditioners.

Late yesterday afternoon, electricity consumption soared past the previous provincial record, surpassing Ontario's home-grown supply and forcing power officials to import expensive electricity from neighbouring U.S. states and provinces.

The previous record for hourly consumption was set on Aug. 13, 2002, when 25,414 megawatts were consumed. By 6 p.m. yesterday, usage had edged above the 26,000-megawatt mark.

The difference between yesterday's consumption and the previous record represents almost enough electricity to power a city the size of London, Ont., according to one system official. "Although the system is strained, no question, we can meet demand," said Terry Young, spokesman for the Independent Electricity System Operator.

ANOTHER RECORD TODAY?

Yesterday's record, however, may not last long. The heat wave carries on through the week and air conditioners will work even harder to keep buildings cool. "We could be looking at another record (today)," Young said.

A new report by the IESO warns the province will continue to be reliant on its neighbours for power during the hot days until more local generation is up and running.

Ontario Power Generation managed to keep its available turbines cranking out hydro through the day, despite picket lines being set up outside two stations early in the morning.

Over 2,000 megawatts were being imported during the day. [...]

http://torontosun.com/News/Canada/2005/06/...108065-sun.html


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Dry spell hits fields, farmers, pocketbooks
By Melissa Widner
Post-Tribune
June 28, 2005

INDIANA - When a heat wave hits, people can hide inside with an air conditioner, or hit the mall in search of cooler climes.

For plants, trees and field crops, there is literally no place to go.

"If you drive around and take a look at any of the fields you'll see the corn is rolling up in the afternoon to protect itself," said Mike Hanley, manager of Jasper County's Kersey grain elevator near DeMotte. "Plants shut down in hot weather to protect themselves, just like we would, and don't grow."

Hanley said the dry spring and summer haven't helped plants, but the heat makes prospects worse.

"We know some damage has already been done by the heat, not just by it being dry. It cuts yields back, but as to how much damage has been done, it's a guessing game.

"Anybody that has irrigation is running it and that's a cost to farmers, too, that will come out of the bottom line later."

Ken Scheeringa, an associate state climatologist at Purdue University, said this year's dry spell qualifies as a "moderate drought," but is hardly the worst Indiana has seen.

"The worst drought period we found was about 1930-1931. For the past few years we've been in an alternating pattern that either it's a little wet or it's a little dry.

"We're just bouncing back and forth on both sides of normal," Hanley said.

Between March and now, Northwest Indiana as a whole is 4.5 inches below normal rainfall levels, he said. [...]

http://www.post-trib.com/cgi-bin/pto-story...z1_news_16.html




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More than 100 die in Pakistan heat wave
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Updated: 2005-06-27 16:43

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2...tent_454996.htm

More than a week of sweltering heat has left more than 100 people dead in Pakistan, many of them in the country's eastern Punjab province, officials said Sunday.



Temperatures have soared up to 122 degrees in some parts of Punjab, and in the capital Islamabad Saturday was the hottest day in 11 years with 113 degree temperatures, said Imran Siddiqi, an official at the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

Since the heat wave began more than a week ago, 105 people have died in Punjab, said Javed Asghar, a health ministry official in the province's capital of Lahore. Sunstroke, dehydration and food poisoning have caused most of the deaths, he said.

At least 19 deaths have been reported in the southern Sindh, southwestern Baluchistan and North West Frontier provinces in recent days.

In the neighboring countries of India and Bangladesh, a heat wave has left more than 400 dead in the past two months.

Siddiqi said monsoon rains likely later this week are expected to break the hot spell in various parts of Pakistan.



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Italian heat wave puts 1m at risk
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29 Jun 2005
 
A million people could be at risk from health problems as temperatures continue to soar, the Italian health minister stated yesterday.

Temperatures were forecast to reach 36 degrees Celsius yesterday, with the heat feeling significantly greater in cities.

"We are faced with a heat wave that is equal if not worse than in 2003 (and) around one million people are at risk," health minister Francesco Storace told a news conference, adding that he was "alarmed."

Around 8,000 people are believed to have died during the 2003 heat wave, and authorities have now asked local doctors to keep an eye on their elderly, vulnerable patients.

According to Reuters, grid operator GRTN said that air conditioning use was so high yesterday that electricity consumption hit an all-time peak of 53,500 megawatts.

Northern Italy is particularly affected by the high temperatures. Farmers warned on Monday that there would only be enough water to irrigate the country's most fertile basin, the Po valley, for another two weeks, should no more rain fall.

France is also on the alert for high temperatures, with police officers patrolling the streets to check the health of vulnerable homeless people.


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Hot weather threatens Europe grain crop
http://www.met-office.gov.uk/cgi-bin/newsi...poch=1120003200
29 Jun 2005
 
The sustained heat wave across many European countries is posing a threat to this summer's grain crop, according to analysts.

The worst drought in the Iberian peninsula for 60 years has seen cereal crop yields fall by as much as half, with the damage running into billions of euros, Reuters reports.
Other countries may not have seen as severe a drought, but concerns are being raised about the effects of the prolonged high temperatures on agriculture.

Ten days of hot weather in France have caused experts to predict severe losses. "There will be a loss of yields due to crops withering. It's still hard to say how much but provisionally we estimate losses up to one million tonnes," stated analysts Strategie Grains.

Italian farmers have also expressed concerns about the effects of a water shortage on northern Italian grain yields. "People are very concerned about the drought, particularly for maize," commented a senior north Italian grain trader, adding that rain was needed in the next week or so to alleviate the situation.

Eastern European countries such as Hungary have also reported some damage to crops, although they still expect an above average yield.

In northern Europe the picture is more positive. Neither German nor British farmers have expressed any concerns about the negative impact of the hot weather on agriculture



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Posted: Jul 8 2005, 01:51 AM
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Note: We've been shrouded in a haze here in So Calif, making the local mountains almost invisible. Temperatures have been much lower recently with this haze covering over us.

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www.chinaview.cn
2005-07-07

BEIJING, July 7 -- Searing temperatures across booming China have driven up energy demand, exposed an over-reliance on coal and are taking a toll on industry, Xinhua news agency said.

Power shortages this summer should be "much more serious" than last year -- when China faced its worst energy crunch in two decades -- a source from the State Electricity Dispatching Center were quoted as saying.

"Many experts attribute the power shortage to the skyrocketing economy, especially high-power-consuming industries," Xinhua said in an overnight report.

China's unbalanced energy structure was also to blame, because excessive reliance on thermal power meant coal shortages could "immediately lead to a terrible power generation breakdown," Xinhua said.

China has poured billions of dollars into expanding its power transmission and generation capacity, but the national power system is forecast to struggle to meet demand until 2006-2007.

Generators nationwide are expected to crank out 25 to 30 gigawatts less power than consumers want to use this summer with no end to the crippling heatwave in sight.

Temperatures were expected to stay above 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) across most of China over the next few days, especially in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai, which saw its hottest day in 70 years on Sunday when the mercury hit 39 C (102 F), Xinhua said.

The heat had forced the suspension of construction projects in many cities and caused water shortages, fires and traffic accidents, it said.

On Monday, almost 100 people in Shanghai were poisoned when toxic ammonia burst from a steel container that exploded after baking for hours under the sun.

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ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (AP) - Ocean temperatures in the North Atlantic hit an all-time high last year, raising concerns about the effects of global warming on one of the most sensitive and productive ecosystems in the world.
 
Sea ice off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador was below normal for the tenth consecutive year and the water temperature outside St. John's Harbor was the highest on record in 2004, according to a report released Wednesday by the federal Fisheries Department.
 
The ocean surface off St. John's averaged almost two degrees Fahrenheit above normal, the highest in the 59 years the department has been compiling records.
 
And bottom temperatures were also one degree higher than normal, according the report.
 
"A two-degree temperature anomaly on the Grand Banks is pretty significant in the bottom areas, where temperatures only range a couple of degrees throughout the year," said Eugene Colbourne, an oceanographer with the Fisheries Department.
 
Water temperatures were above normal right across the North Atlantic last year, from Newfoundland to Greenland, Iceland and Norway.
 
The Newfoundland data is another wake-up call on climate change, say environmentalists.
 
Anchorage, Alaska, has seen annual snowfall shrink in the past decade, high river temperatures are killing off millions of spawning salmon in British Columbia and northern climates around the world have noticed warming.
 
Meanwhile, ocean temperatures have risen around the globe, and species are already dying, said Bill Wareham, acting director of marine conservation for the Vancouver-based David Suzuki Foundation.
 
"I don't think there's a question about whether these changes are happening," Wareham said.
 
But "everyone's quite shocked at the speed at which these things are changing." [...]

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Even with the haze covering us here in the San Fernando Valley (So California), we're experiencing 100 - 107 F temperatures.

Death Valley was 128 F.

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By MICHELLE ROBERTS
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Mon Jul 18, 2005

PHOENIX - Arizonans usually just shrug when the mercury climbs beyond 100 degrees and the breeze feels like a giant hair dryer pointed at your face. But lately, even the most seasoned desert dwellers are complaining about the blowtorch heat.

Temperatures have been above average every day since June 29 in Phoenix, where the normal high in the middle of July is a sizzling 107.

"This has gone on a little too long," said Joe Della Rocca, a 41-year-old Arizona native. "All I know is Vancouver sounds fabulous right now."

The city hit 116 degrees on Sunday, two degrees above the old record for the date, set in 1936.

Phoenix was almost mild compared with the Colorado River Valley, where Bullhead City reached 124 on Sunday and Needles, Calif., hit 125.

Even nighttime readings were no comfort over the weekend. The low on Monday morning was 91 degrees in Phoenix; the high was 113. [...]

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/hot_even_for_ar...HNlYwMlJVRPUCUl


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Heat wave pushing power consumption in Eastern Canada
Mon, 18 Jul 2005
CBC News

A heat wave continues to melt almost all of Ontario, Quebec and much of New Brunswick. Days of 30 plus weather continue to bake the populous eastern cities and consequently are pushing electrical grids to their limits.

In Ontario, Terry Young, spokesperson for the Independent Electricity System Operator [IESO], the organization that is responsible for the day-to-day operations, says so far it has been successful in finding enough electricity to meet demand.

But the province doesn't generate enough power to meet demand, so it's forced to look to its neighbours for help.

"If we get into a situation where we've done all that we can, [if] we've asked people to cut back and we're still running short, then clearly we would have no choice but to cut power to certain parts of the province," said Young.

Power imports from Quebec, New York and Michigan keep the lights on in about one million Ontario homes. If those jurisdictions aren't able to supply energy Ontario would be in trouble.

Mike Richmond, a Toronto lawyer who deals with energy policy, says he's worried about the situation.

"It's very dry in Quebec," said Richmond, pointing to the number of forest fires burning in the province. "That impacts water levels. Most of the power they sell us is hydro power coming from rivers and dams. If their water levels are lower because of the current drought, they won't have that power available to export to us."

Power cuts would not only turn off fans and air conditioners during a heat wave but could also have a considerable impact on the real engines of the province's economy, forcing work slowdowns at the big steel plants and automakers.

Environment Canada says the hot, humid weather is likely to last at least for the rest of the week.

http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/20...wave050718.html




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Take note Oz-dwellers, our next summer could be just like PuPP's post above. We still aren't getting satisfactory rainfall and our government does not seem to like investing its surplus dollars into infrastructure. Our public transport systems are a mess, petrol costs heaps, water shortages. If you add very hot weather to the mix you get a blow out and everything falls down, EVERYTHING that defines the current perception of what society is and where it gets its food from. bouncefire.gif


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Relentless Heat in Phoenix Kills 18
By BETH DeFALCO
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July 21, 2005

PHOENIX - A record heat wave has led to the deaths of 18 people, most of them homeless, leaving officials scrambling to provide water and shelter to the city's transient population.

For the first time in years, homeless shelters opened their doors during the day to offer respite from the blistering sun, which has delivered above-average temperatures every day since June 29. Police began passing out thousands of water bottles donated by grocery stores, and city officials set up tents for shade downtown.

"I don't know why I'm not burnt to pieces," said Chris Cruse, 48, after taking refuge in a shelter.

Four more bodies were found Wednesday. Fourteen of the victims were thought to be homeless. Authorities did not know if a man found by the side of a road Sunday had a permanent residence.

The other three victims were elderly women, including one whose home cooling system was not on, police said. [...]

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said his office was asking Congress to provide utility assistance for soaring cooling bills the same way it provides for heating bills in Eastern states.

"Fair is fair. There are too many individuals dying of heat here," Gordon said.

Maricopa County, including Phoenix and its suburbs, has a homeless population between 10,000 and 12,000 people, said Gloria Hurtado, the city's human service director.

Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, high temperatures dipped below the 115-degree mark Wednesday for the first time in five days. Authorities were investigating six deaths since July 14 to see if they were heat-related

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Posted: Jul 25 2005, 09:07 PM
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Triple-Digit Temperatures Scorch Midwest
By NATHANIEL HERNANDEZ
Jul 25, 12:52 AM (ET)

CHICAGO (AP) - Sweat-drenched city workers checked on senior citizens Sunday and shuttled people to cooling centers as temperatures surpassed the 100-degree mark here for the first time in six years.

Chicago was among scores of cities suffering amid a scorching heat wave that blazed a path across parts of the upper Midwest.

By late afternoon, temperatures at Midway Airport had reached 104 degrees, just one degree lower than the highest temperature ever recorded in the city, according to the National Weather Service.

Other parts of the Midwest also reached triple-digit temperatures. Temperatures hit 102 degrees in St. Louis and 101 in Iowa City, Iowa.

The skyrocketing temperatures prompted Chicago officials to implement an emergency response plan that was honed after 700 people died during a July 1995 heat wave. An automated calling system began contacting 40,000 elderly residents at 9 a.m. to inform them about the heat.

"If you looked at who died in 1995, it was not triathletes, it wasn't people at ballparks, it wasn't people at outdoor festivals, it was the elderly who were living alone," said Dr. William Paul, acting commissioner of the city's Department of Public Health.

Chicago Fire Department spokeswoman Rosa Escareno said three people appear to have died Sunday from heat-related injuries, but she added that it would be days before causes of death would be confirmed.

Sunday's broiling heat came on the 71st anniversary of the highest temperature ever recorded in Chicago. The mercury hit 105 degrees at O'Hare International Airport on July 24, 1934, said Bob Somrek, a weather service meteorologist.

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Ferocious Heat Maintains Grip Across the West
July 23, 2005
By JOHN M. BRODER

PHOENIX, July 22 - A relentless and lethal blanket of heat has settled on much of the western United States, forcing the cancellation of dozens of airline flights, threatening the loss of electrical power, stoking wildfires and leaving 20 people dead in Phoenix alone in just the past week.

Fourteen of the victims here are thought to have been homeless, although the heat also claimed the life of a 97-year-old man who died in his bedroom, a 37-year-old man who succumbed in his car and two older women who died in homes without air-conditioning.

Daytime highs in Phoenix have remained near 110 degrees for more than a week, and municipal officials acknowledge that it is almost impossible to deal with the needs of the estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people living on the streets. The city has barely 1,000 shelter beds, and hundreds of them are available only in the winter.

The lack of preparation for the homeless here is obvious to those sweltering on the sidewalk outside the Society of St. Vincent de Paul relief center in a zone of desolation between the office towers of downtown Phoenix and the State Capitol.

"I'm dying out here," said a homeless man in his 40's who goes by the name of Romeo, crouched in a sliver of shade on a littered sidewalk while waiting for a handout meal and a bottle of water. "The police are making us move all over the place. Where do they expect us to go? They need some more shelters."

The Phoenix police and private social service agencies have been passing out thousands of bottles of water donated by grocery chains and individuals. But the fierce heat continues to take a toll.

"We've not seen anything like this before," said Tony Morales, a Phoenix police detective. "We get heat-related deaths every summer, usually 5 to 10 deaths through the whole summer, but nothing like this."

In Maricopa County as a whole, which includes Phoenix and its suburbs, 21 people died of heat exposure all of last year, just one more than the city's toll in the last several days.

Officials of the National Weather Service estimate that more than 200 heat records have been broken in the West during the last two weeks.

On Tuesday, Las Vegas tied its record for any date, 117 degrees. Reno and other locations in Nevada have set records with nine consecutive days of temperatures at 100 or higher. The temperature in Denver on Wednesday reached 105 degrees, making it the hottest day there since 1878. The highest temperature for the entire region during the heat wave has been 129, recorded at Death Valley, Calif.

The extraordinary heat has lasted for many weeks in the Southwestern desert, where it has exacted a high price in lives along the Mexican border.

Officials of the United States Bureau of Customs and Border Protection say 101 illegal migrants have died of heat so far this fiscal year, which runs from October through September. That compares with 95 heat-related deaths in all of the previous 12 months.

Twenty-one border crossers have died in Arizona just since July 1, said Salvador Zamora, a spokesman for the border agency. The agency has stepped up its efforts to rescue migrants from the heat, using trucks and helicopters to aid people in distress in the brutal sun.

Here in Phoenix, where the issue of rescue involves the homeless, Moises Gallegos, the city's deputy director of community services, said that space was available in downtown shelters but that some of the homeless refused to use it. Some are drug or alcohol abusers who do not want to be tested and treated, a condition for entry, and others are mentally ill and refuse all offers of help, Mr. Gallegos said.

But some private social service agencies contend that there is a critical lack of shelter space here, and criticize officials for not opening a 500-bed city-owned homeless shelter that is used only in the winter.

"We need a year-round overflow shelter," said Terry Bower, director of the Human Services Campus Day Resource Center.

Elsewhere in Arizona, firefighters are struggling to contain a swarm of 20 wildfires around the state, most sparked by lightning, including a 60,000-acre blaze northeast of Phoenix that shut several major highways. Across the West as a whole, 32 large wildfires are burning, fueled by the heat, dry conditions and a profusion of brush created by the winter's heavy rains, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

And in California, the state's Independent System Operator, which handles the flow of power to three-quarters of California customers, declared a Stage 2 emergency on Thursday and Friday, the first in two years. Stage 2 means that utilities are within 5 percent of their maximum production of electricity and that interruption of power to some customers is possible.

Stephanie McCorkle, a spokeswoman for the Independent System Operator, said the emergency was in effect for Southern California and asked residents to conserve electricity. Ms. McCorkle said the system had experienced 14 consecutive days in which demand in Southern California was near capacity.

"The Bay Area is not hot, and that has been our saving grace," she said. "L.A. is sizzling."

Craig Schmidt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's regional headquarters in Salt Lake City, said records had been falling across the Western states since the heat wave started on July 12.

In Phoenix, it was at least 110 every day from July 11 to 19; on Friday the temperature peaked at 108.

There may be some relief in sight, though: monsoons are moving into the area. The rain and cloud cover will cool things down a bit, officials said, but humidity will rise, prolonging the misery.

"Throughout the Western states - you have to estimate, but more than 200 records have probably been broken, and that's just talking daily records," Mr. Schmidt said. "These records are no fun to break."

Among the most remarkable was the one in Las Vegas, where the 117-degree reading on Tuesday matched the record for any date, set in 1942. The 95-degree low on Tuesday was also a record for Las Vegas, as was the average temperature that day, 104 degrees.

In Death Valley, meanwhile, the temperature never dropped below 100 degrees in two 24-hour periods.

Mr. Schmidt attributes the heat to a high pressure system that refused to budge.

"This one went on for so long, because there's a very strong ridge of high pressure centered over Utah and Arizona," he said, "and it kept the monsoon moisture from working its way northward. That usually cools things off with thunderstorms and clouds."

Andy Bailey, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Las Vegas, said: "It's probably fair to say what just wrapped up was probably the most intense heat wave the city's ever seen. We had a string of four days where it was 115 or above."

Now, however, the region is facing a new threat from the expected summer monsoons and thunderstorms, Mr. Bailey said.

"We're concerned with flash flooding today and tomorrow," he said.

Micheline Maynard contributed reporting from New York for this article, Katie Zezima from Boston and John Dougherty from Phoenix.

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Posted: Jul 27 2005, 10:20 PM
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28 deaths so far in Phoenix, mostly homeless people.

At least four deaths have been blamed on the heat in Missouri, including a woman found Sunday in a home without air conditioning.

Two young children left in hot cars died in Oklahoma.

A 29-year-old hiker died Monday in Kentucky.

And a 48-year-old woman was found dead Tuesday in her non-air-conditioned apartment in Cincinnati.

PHILADELPHIA -- A blistering heat wave gave Philadelphia summer school students the equivalent of a snow day Tuesday as temperatures climbed into the upper 90s and so many homeowners cranked up their air conditioners that their power grid set a record.

As a large swath of the United States suffered through another miserably hot day, several western states and parts of the Midwest began to feel the relief of a cold front pushing out what had been days of triple-digit temperatures.

But for the East, the cooler temperatures weren't expect to arrive until Thursday.

That likely means another early dismissal Wednesday for Philadelphia students stuck in summer school classrooms, many without air conditioning, officials said.

The demand for cooling was evident at PJM Interconnection LLC, which coordinates the movement of electricity between 13 states ranging from Illinois to North Carolina. The power grid reported setting a record Tuesday with a peak load of 135,000 megawatts - enough to power 108 million homes under normal conditions.

"It was 120 (degrees) in the direct sunlight," said Walt Arrison, a surveyor at the construction site who kept a small key chain thermometer in his pocket.

Already the heat has been blamed for deaths across the country, including 28 in the Phoenix area alone, most of them homeless people.

At least four deaths have been blamed on the heat in Missouri, including a woman found Sunday in a home without air conditioning. Two young children left in hot cars died in Oklahoma. A 29-year-old hiker died Monday in Kentucky. And a 48-year-old woman was found dead Tuesday in her non-air-conditioned apartment in Cincinnati. [...]

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High temperature hits eastern Europe
http://www.chinaview.cn
2005-08-02

BEIJING, Aug. 2 -- A rare spell of hot weather has hit Eastern Europe, leaving dozens of people dead.

According to local media in Bulgaria, Sunday's highest temperature in Plovdiv city in the south of the country reached 38 celsius, which is also the highest record in the city's 104-year history, while the highest temperature over the past three days in the southwestern city of Sandanski hit 39 degrees.

Five elderly people in Bulgaria have died of heart attacks brought on by the continuous hot wave.

The country's weather forecast department says the hot weather is likely to last the whole of August.

The fierce weather has also attacked other countries in the region, 19 elderly people have died due to the heat in Romania.

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Fires Rage Across Southwest Europe
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The drought is the worst on record in Spain and Portugal.

Forest fires raged across south-west Europe yesterday as a heatwave hit an area already parched by a severe drought that has dried up rivers and led to water restrictions in many places.

The emergency services were tackling dozens of blazes across Portugal, Spain and southern France as temperatures headed towards 45C.

The drought is the worst on record in Spain and Portugal. The Algarve region of southern Portugal has warned of water cuts.

Up to 2,900 Portuguese firefighters and 900 vehicles were involved in the firefighting operation, but water-dropping aircraft stayed on the ground as pilots complained they were unable to see through massive smoke clouds, Portugal's Civil Protection Service said.

"We are facing great difficulties and they'll probably continue for another few days," said the internal administration minister, Antonio Costa. "It's very important for everyone to do what they can to prevent fires breaking out, watch for outbreaks and help fight them."

Police closed Portugal's main north-south highway for the second time in 24 hours yesterday due to thick smoke from the blazes.

Many fire crews got little rest during the night as they evacuated remote villages.

Spanish firefighters were also battling half a dozen blazes, including those on the island of Ibiza, the northern regions of Navarra and Leon and the central province of Toledo.

Two weeks ago 11 firefighters were killed by a wildfire that suddenly changed direction in Guadalajara province, central Spain.

Temperatures were expected to reach 44C in parts of south-west Spain over the weekend.

In France 1,500 people were evacuated after a wildfire tore through woodland in the south-east.

The largest French blaze, in the Var region, was given extra force when flames hit a hidden cache of second world war gunpowder, causing several explosions.

Two pilots of a water-carrying firefighting plane that crashed battling a blaze in Corsica were buried yesterday.

"It is an exceptional drought," Frederic Nathan, a forecaster for weather service Meteo France, told Associated Press.

"We are going to have to wait until autumn for the situation to return to normal."

Two-thirds of France's 96 departments have imposed water restrictions.

Guardian Unlimited © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2005

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And this is only the beginning.

Katrina will have many brothers and sisters.

It's time to sit down and HANG ON for the wildest ride in 65 million years!




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