Extreme Temperatures

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Record-breaking cold sweeps across eastern United States

record cold across eastern US
An Arctic surge will bring bitter cold air to the Northeast this weekend, with record low temperatures expected.
So much for a warm and fuzzy Valentine's Day.

About 20 cities across the East endured record-breaking cold Sunday, forecasters say.

New York City's temperature plummeted to 1 below zero at Central Park, shattering the record of 2 degrees, set during World War I.

Boston reported 9 below. Toronto's temperature reached 16 below over the weekend.

And those are just the real temperatures.

Factor in strong winds, and states from northern Pennsylvania to Maine felt wind chills well, well below zero.

In all, more than 75 million people from the Midwest to the Eastern Seaboard are expected to be affected by snow and freezing rain into Tuesday.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents to brace for dangerous conditions.

"The city is facing some of the coldest temperatures and wind chills we've seen in the last 20 years," de Blasio said. "Extremely cold weather can be life-threatening -- especially for seniors, infants and people with medical conditions."

The mayor thanked first responders.

"I think, the combination of the way New Yorkers have heeded the warnings, and the fact that our first responders are out constantly scanning for anyone who might need help, it's been very effective. And thank God, we have no reports to date of any fatalities," he said.

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Arctic blast hits Central and Eastern Canada; temperatures minus 45 celsius

If you want to go outside when the temperatures plunge, a facemask can protect from frostbite and windburn.
© Pawel Dwulit/Canadian PressIf you want to go outside when the temperatures plunge, a facemask can protect from frostbite and windburn.
Bitter cold is gripping parts of Central and Eastern Canada as temperatures dipped to -45 C with the wind chill in some areas.

Environment Canada issued cold or winter storm warnings on Saturday for provinces from Manitoba to Newfoundland and Labrador.

The national weather forecaster said temperatures could fall to -45 C in Ottawa on Saturday with the wind chill, warming up to -35 C overnight.

In New Brunswick, temperatures were expected to hover between -35 C and -40 C with the wind chill until Sunday.

Quebec and Manitoba can expect much of the same, with temperatures warming up early next week.

Meanwhile, Newfoundland was bracing for a winter storm that could bring up to 20 cm of snow to eastern parts of the island.


Around 500 manatees crowd into a Florida spring to stay warm

Hundreds of manatees swim in the warmer spring water
© APTNHundreds of manatees swim in the warmer spring water
Like most sensible creatures, manatees, the sea cows that live in the waters around the US state of Florida, seek warmth when it's cold.

On Thursday morning, roughly 500 of the gentle, aquatic giants crowded into the Three Sisters Springs as temperatures along Florida's Gulf Coast dipped below 10 degrees Celsius.

The springs have been periodically closed to swimmers because of the large concentration of the endangered animals.

But that hasn't stopped visitors from flocking to the boardwalk to gawk at the behemoths, which can weigh up to 590kgs.

Manatees are very susceptible to cold weather.

They can suffer hypothermia and cold stress and will eventually die if they are in water below 20 degrees Celsius.


Costa Rica: Frost covers Irazú volcano in the middle of summer

escarcha costa rica
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This is how the Irazu Volcano National Park looks right now.

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Heavy snowfall cripples life in northern Pakistan

Heavy snow fall in Murree,  Pakistan
© Sohail abbasiHeavy snow fall in Murree, Pakistan. 11.2.2016
Widespread rain with thunderstorm and snowfall in northwestern upper parts of the country continued since Wednesday evening, crippling life in hilly areas, Samaa reported Thursday.

According to Met Office, heavy snowfall was recorded in hilly areas of Malakand Division, Hazara Division, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.

Popular tourist destinations of Naran, Kaghan, Shogran and Murree also received heavy snowfall, with many roads blocked including Shahrah-e-Karakuram.

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Warm weather breaks over a dozen temperature records across Alberta, Canada

record warm temperature in Calgary
© Drew Anderson/CBCThe ice that covered the Bow River just a few days ago has begun to thaw, thanks to consecutive days of above-zero temperatures in Calgary.
Warm weather broke over a dozen temperature records across Alberta on Tuesday, including in Edmonton.

The last record high temperature for Feb. 9 was set at 5.9 C at the Edmonton International Airport in 1995. On Tuesday, temperatures reached 7.9 C, setting a new record.

Temperature records were also broken in Brooks, Calgary, Claresholm, Drumheller, Grande Prairie, Jasper, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Peace River, Sundre and at the Waterton Park Gate.

Colin Fong, meteorologist with Environment Canada, said the above average seasonal temperatures - which normally sit at -3.8 for this time of year - are caused by a ridge of high pressure.

"That ridge is just kind of ushering in that warm air from the south, keeping at bay all of those weather systems from the west," said Fong, keeping skies clear and temperatures warm.

"The highs are definitely on the good side of history, but as we see that ridge breaking down we're going to see that trend towards more of the normal," warned Fong.

Comment: See also: Records broken as winter heatwave hits Southern California

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1,747 village roads closed due to heavy snowfall in eastern Turkey

Snow covered park is seen after heavy snowfall as weather freezes, in Kayseri, Turkey on February 8, 2016.
© Anadolu AgencySnow covered park is seen after heavy snowfall as weather freezes, in Kayseri, Turkey on February 8, 2016.
Heavy snowfall, which started falling in several provinces across eastern Turkey on Saturday, caused the cancellation of many flights and led to the closure of roads, the Cihan news agency reported on Sunday.

A total of 1,747 village roads were closed due to heavy snowfall and storms in eastern Turkey. The roads include 791 in Erzurum, 362 in Muş, 262 in Kars, 252 in Ağrı, 50 in Erzincan and 13 in Ardahan. Snow reached a depth of 95 centimeters in central Muş, 77 centimeters in Ağrı city center and 32 in central Kars. Teams from the Special Provincial Directorate are working to clear snow from the roads.

The lowest temperatures in the region were recorded in Ağrı (minus 10 degrees Celsius), Erzincan (minus 9 degrees), Erzurum (minus 6 degrees), Kars (minus 4 degrees), Ardahan (minus 3 degrees) and Iğdır (minus 2 degrees).

Several flights to and from Muş and Erzurum on Sunday were cancelled due to the harsh weather conditions.

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Mexico enduring the coldest winter in its history

A hat! a hat! I should have worn a hat!
A hat! a hat! I should have worn a hat!
The situation is particularly worrying in the north, where the thermometer reached the -17 ° C mark. In Mexico City it snowed in January, a phenomenon not seen in the capital since 1967.

31 Jan 2016 - While the storm Jonah was unleashed on the United States, in Mexico temperatures dropped to record lows.

The snow and cold forced the government to declare a state of emergency is declared in 24 of the 32 states in the country.

The National Meteorological System has warned that the worst of winter may be yet to come and that temperatures will fall in the north, northeast, east and center of Mexico.

Comment: See also: Mexico hit by polar air mass: State of emergency declared in 446 municipalities


First EVER snowfall in central Vietnam - Records date back to 1650

snow falls in  northern vietnam
Snows blanketed Vietnam and Laos the last week of January 2016 breaking hundreds of cold and snow records.

SaPa farmers at total crop losses, 9000+ cattle froze to death and Nghe An recorded its first snowfall ever with records stretching back to 1650.

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Heavy snowfall disrupts China's pre-holiday travel rush

Citizens walk on the snow-covered bank of the Xiangjiang River in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province, Feb. 1, 2016
Citizens walk on the snow-covered bank of the Xiangjiang River in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province, Feb. 1, 2016
Rare heavy snow hit several central and eastern Chinese provinces Sunday, disrupting a pre-holiday travel rush that involves millions of people.

Heavy snow blanketed central China's Hubei Province early Sunday, closing down a pivotal airport in its capital Wuhan, delaying trains and causing standstill on expressways, the local government said.

The Tianhe Airport in Wuhan was closed at midday. Sixteen departing flights were canceled, while 18 incoming flights were forced to land in the neighboring cities of Nanchang or Changsha. At least 2,000 passengers were stranded at the airport.

The railway network was also under heavy pressure, as large crowds of passengers, frustrated by flight cancellations and road blocks, flocked into train stations.

"We put four additional trains in service for passengers traveling within Hubei Province," said an official with the Wuhan Railway Bureau. "But the snowy weather slowed down most trains, causing an average delay of 30 to 50 minutes."