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Christmas in July

More proof our weather is out of whack: When it's winter in the US and Europe, it's summer in Australia, which normally has temperatures of around 86 degrees Fahrenheit at this time of year, but just like the UK, this country finds itself plunged into a blizzard. The equivalent to this would be if the US experienced Christmas weather in July.

In the Telegraph, Bonnie Malkin quotes hotel manager Michelle Lovius as saying, "First thing this morning everything was just very still, very peaceful and every single thing was just blanketed in a thick cover of white."

What's causing all the recent weather spikes? The jet stream is generating a record breaking cold AND hot temperatures around the world. The Weather Network, Jill Colton quotes meteorologist Patrick Cool as saying, "A huge ridge in the jet is bringing warm weather to places like Nunavut (an area known an "Canada's Arctic")." Have we delayed tackling climate change so long that it's now too late?

Meanwhile, the jet stream is having an opposite effect on parts of Europe. Colton quotes Cool as saying, "The Greenland high is creating a deep trough in the jet. This is leaving an opening for Arctic air to flow across Europe resulting in colder weather and snow."

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