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Extreme fire danger forces another national forest to close

Extreme fire danger prompted officials to shut down a sprawling forest that includes some of Colorado’s most stunning mountains in a region that attracts tourists from around the world, a rare tactic also being used in neighboring states as the U.S. Southwest struggles with severe drought.

National forests and parks in Arizona and New Mexico have already been shut down as precautions.

After hottest May on record, fine weather will last until autumn

Britons will bask in above-average temperatures for next few months, says Met Office

Britons can look forward to a hotter-than-average summer this year, according to forecasters who expect the recent spell of good weather to continue over the next three months.

With the country still basking in the glow of the warmest and sunniest May on record, the Met Office anticipates that the fine weather will last throughout June, July and August.

Hurricanes are traveling more slowly – which makes them even more dangerous

The globe’s hurricanes have seen a striking slowdown in their speed of movement across landscapes and seascapes over the past 65 years, a finding that suggests rising rainfall and storm-surge risks, according to research reported Wednesday.

The study in the journal Nature, finds a 10 percent slowdown in storm speed between 1949 and 2016. It points directly to the example of Hurricane Harvey, whose catastrophic rains were enabled by the storm’s lingering in the Houston area for such a long period.

Thunderstorms and torrential rain lash parts of UK

Met Office warns of ‘risk to life’ and issues amber rain warning for south England, Wales and West Midlands

Torrential rain fell across swaths of the UK causing flooding and travel disruption with extreme thunderstorms set to pose a potential “risk to life”.

The Met Office issued an amber rain warning for London and the south-east, south-west, Wales and the West Midlands from 4pm on Thursday until 6am on Friday.

Subtropical Storm Alberto makes landfall along Florida Panhandle

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season’s first storm, Alberto, made landfall along the Friday panhandle late Monday afternoon. It came ashore in Laguna Beach, Florida, which is just west of Panama City, as a subtropical storm. That means that it did not have all of the characteristics of a purely tropical system and was more of a hybrid cyclone.

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