Germany Breaks its All-Time Heat Record

By: Jeff Masters, 4:24 AM GMT on July 06, 2015

Germany broke its all-time heat record on Sunday July 5, when the mercury soared to 104.5°F (40.3°C) at the official Kitzingen station in Bavaria. According to the German weather service's Facebook page, the record is now confirmed as official. The previous official national heat record recognized by the German meteorological agency (DWD) was 104.4°F (40.2°C), set in July 1983 and matched in August 2003. Numerous cities in Germany set all-time heat records over ...

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Updated: 4:39 PM GMT on July 06, 2015

All-time July National Heat Records Fall on Three Continents

By: Jeff Masters, 4:56 PM GMT on July 03, 2015

Brutally hot conditions fried portions of three continents during the first three days of July, and four nations have already set all-time July national heat records this month: the Netherlands, the U.K., Thailand, and Colombia. Below is a break-down of the July national heat records set so far this month, courtesy of weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera.

Figure 1. People cool off in the water fountains at Haarlemmerplein square in Amsterd...


Updated: 8:31 PM GMT on July 03, 2015

Kids, Cars, and Heatstroke: A Lethal Summer Mix

By: Bob Henson, 3:21 PM GMT on July 02, 2015

Any child’s death is heartbreaking, but there is something uniquely poignant about the way in which dozens of U.S. youngsters die each year: trapped in an oven-like vehicle on a quiet summer day. “That pain is every day. It’s always there,” one grief-stricken mother told CNN seven years after she inadvertently left her 9-month-old baby in her car. Close to 400 children have died across the nation over the last decade in this tragic way.

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Updated: 9:45 PM GMT on July 02, 2015

Unprecedented June Heat on Four Continents; Wimbledon Roasts in Record Heat

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:52 PM GMT on July 01, 2015

Unprecedented June heat scorched portions of four continents during the past week, and many all-time heat records are likely to fall across multiple continents this July as the peak heat of summer arrives for what has been the hottest year in recorded human history. Already on July 1, in Wimbledon, England--site of the classic Wimbledon tennis tournament--players are enduring the city's hottest day in tournament history. The mercury hit 96.3°F (35.7°C) at Kew Gard...


Updated: 1:09 PM GMT on July 02, 2015

Tropical Atlantic Quiet; Pacific Getting Active

By: Jeff Masters, 3:21 PM GMT on June 30, 2015

The tropics are quiet in the Atlantic Ocean, where no tropical storm activity is likely for at least the next week. A moderate-strength El Niño event is underway in the Eastern Pacific, and the atmospheric circulation associated with the strong warming of the waters off the coast of Peru is creating strong upper-level winds over the Caribbean. These powerful winds were creating a very high 60 - 70 knots of wind shear over the Caribbean and Southern Gulf of Mexico o...


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Dr. Masters co-founded wunderground in 1995. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990. Co-blogging with him: Bob Henson, @bhensonweather

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