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Freak Weather Sparking Mayhem May Linger as Europe and Asia Swelter

  • Heatwave sets new temperature records from Japan to Norway
  • Extreme weather linked to climate-change stokes disaster costs
Villagers take refuge from floodwater in Laos.
Villagers take refuge from floodwater in Laos.Source: Attapeu Today via AP Photos

Extreme weather that’s gripping northern Europe and parts of Asia may persist through early August, prolonging a deadly heatwave that’s parched crops and sparked devastating forest fires.

Temperatures have risen to a record from Japan to Norway because of a stationary blocking high-pressure system, the World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday. Relief from soaring temperatures -- which topped 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Arctic Circle -- may not arrive for at least two weeks, potentially extending a spate of weather-related disasters from wildfires near Athens to floods in Laos.