Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm early Thursday morning. The storm has battered large portions of the state as well as Texas and parts of Florida. It has since been downgraded to a Category 1 storm. At least one person has died so far, and an estimated 500,000 are without power as Laura continues inland. Authorities are warning of an "unsurvivable" storm surge, with floodwaters expected to reach over 15 feet in some areas.
Incredible images of weather phenomena from across the globe have been released as the finalists for this year’s ‘Weather Photographer of the Year 2020’ competition are revealed.More than 7,700 photographs were submitted by over 2,600 photographers, and entries depicted everything from clouds, lightning, rain, fog and snow through to the impact of weather on humans, cities and the natural landscape.The contest, run by The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS), in association with AccuWeather, offers a first prize of £500 plus a HERO8 Go Pro camera and a year’s membership of RMetS.To see the shortlisted images and vote for your favourite, visit photocrowd.com/wpotyvote. The vote is open from now and closes 25 September at midnight (BST).
Workers at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Fife, found their cars underwater after their staff car park flooded in torrential rain.
Britain basked in scorching sunshine over the weekend after temperatures reached 36 degrees across the country on Friday.The highest recorded temperatures that day were at Kew Gardens and Heathrow airport in London, both registering 36.4 degrees, but across the south east and up to Suffolk the mercury hit 35 to 36 degrees for large parts of the day.On the first day of a predicted five-day heatwave people flocked to beaches and parks to soak up the sun, despite warnings from local councils and Public Health England of the potential risks to health.Bournemouth Council issued a ‘red alert’ for six of its beaches, pleading for visitors to stay away, and Public Health England appealed for people to check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours, saying: “A lot of homes can overheat, so it’s important we continue to check on older people and those with underlying health conditions, particularly if they’re living alone and may be socially isolated.”The RSPCA warned of the dangers for pets and urged caution by owners when out and about.Craig Snell from the Met Office told Yahoo News UK: “Friday was the hottest August day in England since 2003. Last Friday temperatures reached 37.8 degrees but that was one hot day, this current spell is expected to last into early next week.”The weekend continued to bring good weather, with Sunday bringing a temperature of 34C at Herstmonceux, East Sussex, and 33.8C at both Heathrow, London, and Gosport, Hampshire, the Met Office said.However, Saturday saw HM Coastguard deal with 340 incidents across the UK, which is the highest number of callouts on a single day for more than four years.
Charity pleads for animal-lovers to protect their pets as the UK faces the hottest day of the year so far.
The Met Office has issued a level 2 heat alert for EastAnglia and south England as temperatures look set to soar to 37C.
Locals in Cornwall fear they will be left paying the price in the form of a lockdown as an 'unprecedented' number of tourists visit the area.
Social distancing rules were ignored on Thursday as people headed to the beach on the south coast and football fans celebrated Liverpool's Premier League win at Anfield.
With temperature set to hit 30C, drivers have been urged to remove alcohol-based gels from their cars.
Brits are making the most of the June heatwave by basking in the sunshine – as temperatures are set to climb into the mid-30s.Thursday could see the hottest day of the year recorded as the mercury climbs towards the 34 degrees mark in the south of the UK.However, the record for the hottest June day ever looks set to remain in tact, as temperatures will not quite reach the 35.6c seen in 1976.The hottest day of the year so far was 28.9 degrees, which was recorded in Scotland’s border region in May.Temperatures on Tuesday reached the high 20s, sending sun worshippers to Britain’s beaches as a welcome respite from the coronavirus lockdown.However, with the dry and sunny weather expected and the government's COVID-19 alert level lowered to 3, emergency services across the country are urging people to continue to respect the two-metre social-distancing restriction.