Canberra breaks heat record amid wildfire threat

Asia Pacific Feb 2, 2020

Canberra breaks heat record amid wildfire threat

Temperatures in the Australian capital, Canberra, have set a new monthly record amid an advancing wildfire that has prompted a state of emergency declaration, weather service Meteo France said Sunday. The city declared its first state of emergency in nearly two decades last week in ...

Australia logs hottest day ever — 40.9 C —  for now

Asia Pacific Dec 18, 2019

Australia logs hottest day ever — 40.9 C — for now

Australia this week experienced its hottest day on record and the heat wave is expected to worsen, exacerbating an already unprecedented bush-fire season, authorities said Wednesday. The average nationwide temperatures of 40.9 degrees Celsius (105.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday beat the previous record of 40.3 ...

Spring frosts, hail and heat wave put dent in French wine output

World Aug 27, 2019

Spring frosts, hail and heat wave put dent in French wine output

French wine production will fall 12 percent this year after vines were damaged by spring frosts, drought and hail, but quality will remain generally good, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday. In its second estimate for 2019, the ministry forecast production of 43.4 million hectolitres, ...