First News - - Front Page - by Ian Eddy

NEXT time you com­plain about the weather, just re­mem­ber that it could al­ways be worse…

There’s been some pretty ex­treme weather around this week, rang­ing from a freez­ing cold ‘weather bomb’ in the US, to record high tem­per­a­tures in Aus­tralia.

Tem­per­a­tures in the eastern US and Canada have been so low that parts of the fa­mous Ni­a­gara Falls froze (right). Parts of Florida also woke up to the very rare sight of snow for the first time in decades.

The chilly weather has been caused by a weather bomb, which is also known as a bomb cy­clone (or ex­plo­sive cy­clo­ge­n­e­sis if you want to be clever). It hap­pens when cold air col­lides with warm air, caus­ing a sud­den drop in pres­sure.

Over in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, ther­mome­ters reached the other end of the scale, as Syd­ney saw its sec­ond-hottest day on record. One suburb, Pen­rith, reached a scorch­ing 47.3°C, which was only beaten by the 47.8°C recorded in 1939.

It was so hot that in­ter­na­tional ten­nis in the city was can­celled dur­ing the day, al­though Eng­land’s crick­eters had to put up with the heat as well as an­other de­feat at the hands of Aus­tralia, in the fi­nal Test of the Ashes se­ries (see back page).

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