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US endures extended heatwave and 19 firefighters are killed

Western US states are currently experiencing with temperatures threatening to break the all-time high recorded on Earth. In Phoenix, Arizona, the mercury hit 47C (116F) on Friday, and in the desert of Death Valley, California, the thermometer approached 51C. The heat wave is expected to last through the weekend. Cities in the region are opening cooling centres and officials fear the heat could delay air travel. “This is the hottest

Why is it so cold in the UK at the moment?

Temperatures in the UK and Europe have been unseasonably cold recently. While not unprecedented – the UK has had the coldest March since 1962 – we simply aren’t accustomed to anything like these temperatures especially as March 2012 was the third warmest on record only outshone by 1938 and 1957. So why is it so cold at the moment? For the answer, we need to look east, towards the vast