Drought and floods walk side by side: Eastern Europe and South Asia is shaken by disasters caused by heavy rainfall, while many places in Africa, Middle East and Australia are longing for a few drops of rain. Both northern and southern hemispheres have been experiencing extreme weather conditions. Reuters reports about a record-breaking year, in just first 6 months.

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Extreme weather breaks records in 2007

GENEVA (Reuters) – The world experienced a series of record-breaking weather events in early 2007, from flooding in Asia to heatwaves in Europe and snowfall in South Africa, the United Nations weather agency said on Tuesday.
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said global land surface temperatures in January and April were likely the warmest since records began in 1880, at more than 1 degree Celsius higher than average for those months.

There have also been severe monsoon floods across South Asia, abnormally heavy rains in northern Europe, China, Sudan, Mozambique and Uruguay, extreme heatwaves in southeastern Europe and Russia, and unusual snowfall in South Africa and South America this year, the WMO said.
“The start of the year 2007 was a very active period in terms of extreme weather events,” Omar Baddour of the agency’s World Climate Programme told journalists in Geneva.

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