Warm air, cold seas and departing tropical storm prompt hypothermia warning

The National Weather Service is warning beachgoers to beware Maine’s deceptively cold and potentially deadly coastal waters this weekend.

The weather service’s beach hazard warning to Hancock and Washington counties issued Friday includes Bar Harbor, Bucksport, Castine, Cherryfield, Eastport, Ellsworth and Machias. It lapses Sunday, said Priscilla Farrar, a meteorologist with the NWS office in Caribou.

Thunderstorms and heavy rain to drench parts of UK

Met Office says Wales and central southern England could be heaviest hit areas

As if the national mood needed further dampening after England’s World Cup exit, thunderstorms and heavy rain threaten to end the heatwave that has lasted for almost four weeks.

The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for 11am to 8pm on Friday, putting regions such as London and south-east England, the north-west, south-west, Wales and the West Midlands on notice of a risk of downpours.

Weatherwatch: weather gods confounded sceptics in summer 2013

Spring was so cold that people did not expect a hot summer – but they were wrong

Spring 2013 was one of the coolest and latest on record – March was even colder than during the Big Freeze of 1963 – so few people were expecting a decent summer. Yet for three weeks in July 2013 the weather gods confounded the sceptics, confirming the long-held belief that predicting summer weather from events earlier in the year is a mug’s game – rather like this year.

Maine cleans up after summer storms sink boats, knock out power

Thunderstorms brought heavy rain, strong winds and hail to parts of Maine and New Hampshire Tuesday evening.

In Portland, one the the hardest hit communities, the short, intense storm knocked down large branches across the city and sank boats that had been moored in Casco Bay.

On Wednesday morning, Portland harbormaster Kevin Battle stood near the city’s East End Beach and surveyed the damage in still choppy waters.

“We had a trimaran sitting upside down,” Battle said of a three-hulled boat. “That one was completely upside down. I’ve never seen that before.”

Dozens dead, many missing as ‘historic’ rains pound Japan

At least 85 people have died and 58 are unaccounted for as torrential rains continued to batter parts of western Japan on Sunday, causing landslides and flooding and forcing millions of people from their homes, local media reported.

Television footage showed bridges and cars washed away by raging rivers and floodwaters, with people perched on the roofs of their homes, surrounded by water and awaiting rescue.

Tropical Storm Chris forms off the Carolinas, generating dangerous surf

Chris, the third storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, was named Sunday morning as it gained strength off the coast of the Carolinas. The storm is forecast to intensify into a hurricane over the next several days but remain off the coast before zipping off toward Newfoundland late in the week.

Tropical Storm Beryl speeding toward eastern Caribbean

Gusty winds began to hit the eastern Caribbean on Sunday as Tropical Storm Beryl advanced rapidly toward a region struggling to recover from last year’s deadly hurricanes.

The government of Dominica said it would shut down its water system and Puerto Rico’s governor warned of likely new power outages. People on islands across the region stocked up on food and water and prepared for possible damaging winds, rains and waves.

UK heatwave to last another week as water warnings issued

Temperatures in Britain forecast to dip from Monday but stay well above average

Britain’s longest heatwave in five years is set to last another week, with water companies urging people to use water sparingly.

The Met Office forecast another very hot and dry day in much of the UK on Sunday, with temperatures predicted to reach as high as 32C or 33C around London and 29C in the north-west.

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