Spring in the UK is here but I still sit huddled under a blanket, my first monthly energy bill a sobering US$620. Now my new garden needs attention, a daunting task after 28 years in Hong Kong.

Escaping the Hong Kong heat by moving to the UK may sound good, but climate change has made Britain hot, and there are other problems. At least England now makes good wine.

As extreme weather events become more frequent, there is a need not only for humanitarian support but to avoid repeating mistakes in the future. An example is the need for sustained investment in flood mitigation planning and action.

  • Sweltering heat has sent many hikers to hospital, amid an increased number of fatalities in recent years
  • Hiking veteran Sunny Leung shares hot tips on route planning and reading health signals to avoid heat-related illnesses

With extreme weather set to once again test the nation’s electricity grid after heatwaves and drought last year, the Chinese government has been quick to respond to the threat, according to The Lantau Group.


The cabinet is slated to approve a plan that will include establishing air-conditioned cooling shelters in local municipalities, mainly for the elderly who often don’t use their home air-con to save money.

China Meteorological Administration and Hong Kong Observatory both reclassify Typhoon Mawar as super typhoon, with downward current of air associated with weather event expected to make Hong Kong swelter.

Haze is a problem in Southeast Asia, often blamed on forest fires created by palm oil production, but as the drier weather pattern returns, the industry is preparing to repair its image.

Nearly two dozen rivers and streams in the area have flooded after heavy rain, submerging entire neighbourhoods and farmland and damaging 400 roads.

Climate change is increasingly impacting monsoon’s rainfall distribution with more intense rainy days interspersed with dry patches affecting crops.


Authorities said on Saturday they had already seen an increase in fire activity and were expecting more. Residents forced to evacuate early this month say they are frustrated with the indefinite displacement.

Cyclone Mocha was packing winds of up to 240km per hour (149 miles per hour), according to the Zoom Earth website, which classed it as a Super Cyclone.

Cyclone Mocha, the first cyclone in the north Indian Ocean this year, is expected to make landfall on Sunday between Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh and Kyaukpyu in Myanmar.


Singapore’s education ministry says schools can explore ways to help students manage the heat, such as allowing pupils to wear physical education attire.


The death has raised questions about why school officials chose to go ahead with the trip even after forecasters had warned that heavy rain was approaching.

Record springtime temperatures have left millions across the region sweltering from India to Indonesia and Malaysia, as the first El Nino event in three years threatens to fan the flames.


Clouds of blinding dust created by the gusts led to crashes involving 40 to 60 cars and multiple articulated lorries, two of which caught fire.

The world’s oceans have suddenly spiked much hotter and well above record levels in the last few weeks, with scientists trying to figure out what it means and whether it forecasts a surge in atmospheric warming.


Humidity, wind and other factors recently pushed the heat index to a record of over 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of the Southeast Asian nation – including the tourist island of Phuket.