News A man sits under the sun at the Centenario park in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The mercury rose to 45C in northern provinces of the country

Dr James Hansen links extreme weather to global warming

Recent extreme heatwaves 'a result of global warming'

Severe summer heat caused by humans not natural events, says Nasa scientist

Heatwaves are proof of global warming, says Nasa scientist

The relentless, weather-gone-crazy heat that has blistered the United States and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare it cannot be anything but man-made global warming, a top Nasa scientist says.

Wet spring devastates butterfly population

Populations of Britain's common garden butterflies appear to have collapsed this summer in the aftermath of the record spring rainfall, scientists are warning.

Jane Merrick: The Emperor's New Clothes (29/07/12)

They are designed to soothe, but a neighbour's wind chimes have got our writer running for the scissors

Britain set to bask in more sunshine

Britain is set to bask in more sunshine and high temperatures in the coming days as the London 2012 Olympic countdown reaches its climax.

Female British Army personnel arrive to patrol the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London

Troop influx patches up security… now for the travel crisis

Trains unable to stop at main Games station as wrong kind of weather leaves cables overheated

Hottest day of the year recorded in the UK

It is officially the hottest day of the year so far after the mercury rose close to 30C (86F).

Summer finally arrives as Britain basks in scorching sun and soaring temperatures

Weeks of downpours will be replaced by scorching weather in England and Wales today, as forecasters predict temperatures could reach 30C.

Temperatures across US cool after heatwave kills dozens

The heat that blanketed much of the US and left at least 46 people dead will begin easing up this week as temperatures approach normal from the Midwest to the East Coast.

UK winemakers drown sorrows as rain falls

The next 10 days will be crucial in determining what quality of grape harvest will be produced this year, according to English winemakers.

European 'monsoon season' theories dismissed despite June following April as one of the wettest months on record

June is set to follow April as one of the wettest months on record in the UK, new Met Office figures show, confirming that the spring and early summer period of 2012 has been one of the most miserable ever.

The Afghan Whigs, Alexandra Palace, London
Daley, Jazz Cafe, London

Under the funk and the fuzz, there's a devil trying to get out

A cold dip in hot weather could kill you, say experts

Plunging into cold water during hot weather can cause heart attacks even in young, fit and healthy individuals, according to new research.

Mini-heatwave sparks warnings over river safety

The death of a teenager in the Thames prompted a warning of the dangers of cooling off in rivers as the UK's mini-heatwave continued.

Boy drowns after jumping off Oxford bridge

A 15-year-old boy has drowned after jumping from a bridge into a river.

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