A severe heatwave has hit the northern hemisphere.
From Tokyo to Toronto, from Stockholm to Seoul, and from Lapland to London – the northern hemisphere is sweltering in a heatwave which is rewriting the record books and causing drought and wildfires.
An “unprecedented” heatwave in Japan killed at least 65 people in one week.
Last week Britain baked in its hottest day of the year when temperatures hit 35 °C – hotter than spots on the Mediterranean such as Greece, Italy and the south of France.
Record temperatures have also been reported in northern Norway with a top temperature of 33 °C – more than 15 ° higher than normal, according to the Norwegian meteorological institute.
And near the Arctic Circle at Kvikkjokk in Sweden temperatures climbed to 32.5 °C last week, while the Finnish Lapland saw 33.4°C .
In the US, California has been under scorching heat, including record temperatures on July 6 of 48.9 °C in Chino in the west of the state, and the next day 47.2 °C in the Van Nuys neighbourhood of Los Angeles.
At the Furnace Creek station in Death Valley on July 8, the mercury registered 52 °C – still below the contested 56.7 °C hit on July 10, 1913.