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Monday 4 December 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Extreme Weather

This year
The Explainer: What can be done to stop damaging flooding in Ireland?
We’re joined by Dr Mary Bourke, a flood risk management expert and assistant professor of Geography at Trinity College Dublin. She delves into the reasons why flooding – just like strong winds or extreme temperatures – can never be fully stopped, but outlines the solutions Ireland could consider in order to mitigate against the worst impacts on people’s homes and livelihoods.
Aerial photographs show scale of flooding in Midleton caused by Storm Babet
Guileen Coast Guard, who captured the photographs, said a ten-day-old baby was among those who had to be moved to safety.
Storm Babet: Cork roads remain impassable after 'worst flooding in 40 years'
The storm brought heavy rainfall to counties like Cork and Waterford, leading to major flooding.
'We pay our taxes, where does it go?': Anger in Midleton as businesses count cost of flooding
The town was hit with unprecedented flooding as the local river burst its banks yesterday during Storm Babet.
Thousands evacuated as Typhoon Haikui makes landfall in Taiwan
It is the first major storm to hit the island in four years.
Evacuation orders issued as Florida braces for 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Idalia
Thousands of Cubans evacuated or fled ahead of the storm, which has already hit central America.
Thousands of Cubans evacuated or fled ahead of the storm, which has already hit Central America.
US forecasters predicted the hurricane would intensify and become "extremely dangerous" before making landfall in Florida.
Residents along the Gulf of Mexico are preparing for evacuations.
'Ninety-nine percent' chance that 2023 will be hottest year of modern records
Railway bridge collapses in Norway after torrential rain
Maui emergency services chief resigns after criticism for not activating sirens
At least 111 people were killed by the fires.
Hawaii wildfires: Death toll reaches 106 as Biden to visit on Monday
The blaze that swept into centuries-old Lahaina last week destroyed nearly every building in the town of 13,000.
Biden pledges to visit Hawaii soon as 99 confirmed dead in Maui wildfires
Last week’s inferno on the island of Maui is already the deadliest US wildfire in a century.
Met Éireann told forecasters that Ireland needs to prepare for more extreme weather
An advisory said it was ‘beyond doubt’ that human influence has warmed the atmosphere.
Hawaii wildfires: Death toll climbs to 93 with recovery efforts still in early stages
Lahaina, a town of 12,000, has been reduced to ruins, its lively hotels and restaurants turned to ashes.
Hawaii starts investigation into wildfire handling as death toll hits 80
Governor Josh Green has said there will ‘without a doubt’ be more fatalities.
Irish scouts at world jamboree to leave ahead of tropical storm in South Korea
Tropical Storm Khanun is expected to make landfall in South Korea on Thursday morning.
Spain, Portugal battle wildfires as temperatures soar
The Iberian peninsula is in the middle of a third heatwave this summer.
At least 30 dead after heavy flooding in northern China
Officials reported the deaths in Baoding, about 150 kilometres from Beijing, adding that 18 people were missing.
'Like opening an oven': Irish people in European heatwave recount 'unrelenting' heat
A report by
Lauren Boland
European countries have been hit over the last week by the Cerberus heatwave, with temperatures in the high 30s and 40s.
Rescue workers recover last body from flooded South Korean tunnel where 14 people died
41 people were killed and another nine are still missing nationwide after the heavy downpours.
Heatwave named after mythological monster brings scorching temperatures to southern Europe
Globally, the beginning of July was already the hottest week of modern records.
Death toll rises to 55 after two weeks of monsoon rain in Pakistan
Eight children were among the 12 people confirmed dead yesterday.
Two dead as severe summer storm hits the Netherlands and Germany
Meteorologists issued a rare “code red” warning for millions of people in the Netherlands to stay indoors.
Global temperature record broken for second day in a row
Preliminary readings by US meteorologists today show that average daily air temperature on the Earth’s surface reached 17.18 degrees Celsius.
Yesterday was the world's hottest day ever on record
The United Nations warned that more extreme temperatures are to come.
China in the grip of extreme weather after flooding and 10 straight days of 35 degree heat
Beijing reported 9.8 straight days when the temperature exceeded 35 degrees Celsius.
Winds and heavy rains kill at least 27 people in Pakistan, including eight children
Authorities have declared an emergency in the affected districts.
Drought persists as Spain records hottest April on record
Three years of scant rainfall and high temperatures put the country into long-term drought.
Millions of dead fish wash up in Australian river after flooding and heatwave
Experts said the extreme weather had put stress on the ecology of Menindee, New South Wales.
Rescuers search for missing people in Brazil after twice monthly average rain falls in 24 hours
The record rainfall in a beachside city caused flooding and mudslides, killing at least 46 people.
Planting more trees in cities could reduce deaths from intense summer heat, study finds
“This is becoming increasingly urgent as Europe experiences more extreme temperature fluctuations caused by climate change,” one researcher said.
Last year
Americans dig out from 'blizzard of the century' as death toll passes 50
As temperatures plummeted, commuters and some residents fleeing their freezing homes became trapped on highways.
'Epic' winter storm wallops US, leaving a million people without power
Heavy snow, howling winds and biting cold air took hold of much of the nation, including normally temperate southern states.
'All this is climate change': Fresh landslide in Venezuela kills at least three
More than 50 people died in similar circumstances last week.
Hurricane Ian strengthens to Category 3 storm ahead of making landfall on Cuba and Florida
People in Florida are being urged to stock up on food, water, medicine and fuel and sandbags are being distributed.
Deadly typhoon strikes Japan as hurricane leaves Puerto Rico without power
A man was found dead in his car in Japan early today.
Death toll from Italy storms rises to 11
The storms hit on Thursday evening, with more than 400 millimetres of rain falling in some places in just a few hours.
Los Angeles mudslides surge down mountain area scorched by wildfire
Firefighters went street by street to make sure no residents were trapped.
Eight dead in Seoul after torrential rain turns streets into rivers
Six others are missing after the heavy rain hit South Korea’s capital.
Netherlands declares official water shortage as extreme heat imperils Europe's crops
Fears are growing in Europe that extreme drought driven by climate change in the continent’s breadbasket nations will dent stable crop yields.
Temperatures start to ease in Spain after hitting unusual highs for May
However, the national forecaster has warned that the risk of fires remains high in many areas.
Two million stranded as worst floods in decades hit Bangladesh's northeast
At least 10 people have been killed this week.
Sydney prepares for more torrential rain after flooding kills 14 people
As much as eight inches of rain is forecast for Australia’s largest city.