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International Weather

The gates to the North Pole’s pool of bitterly cold air have been left wide open this week and as a result Canada and the USA are copping a major winter blast. 

Temperatures into the minus 40s have been reported and as we write this story it’s currently -23 in Chicago (without the wind) and in Toronto it was in the minus 30s (with wind chill added) yesterday…currently -13 (without wind).

Meanwhile England has also had a bitterly cold blast lately with temperatures well below zero.

In Fiji the south pacific convergence zone continues to produce thunderstorms, torrential rain and gales across the island group causing more major flooding.

In Australia thunderstorms have lit up the night skies a fair bit this summer…but take a look at the calm sunrise at Manly in the photos below.

If you’re an international reader please send us your photos and we’ll add them to our “Overseas” gallery.


Derek Butcher on 16/01/2009 1:29am

Reading this article I am assuming you are talking degrees fahrenheit not celsius? Be flaming cold if its celsius. Great pics of thunderstorm, missed us up here in Whangarei I am glad to say, but would have dearly liked to have seen it. A beaut day here too, a nice SW keeping it just right but out of the wind we are sweltering a bit. Been a great summer so far, can almost plan outside events ahead of time and guarantee good weather. Love your site, pick of the bunch.

WW Forecast Team on 16/01/2009 1:51am

Thanks for the feedback Derek – and the nice comment!

No it’s in celcius!!  Have you ever experienced temperatures like that?  The coldest I’ve had is minus 24 and it is unbelievably cold…I can’t imagine what minus 40 would be like!!

Sou’wester is nice and freshing here in Auckland today.  Good for those at the BDO.



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