August 1st, 2010
07:33 PM ET

More rain for hard-hit Pakistan; no heat relief for Moscow

The death toll from flooding in Pakistan has grown to more than 1,000 people, according to government officials. Unfortunately a monsoonal trough will spread additional rain from India into the country Monday and Tuesday.

The worst of the flooding over the past week has occurred in northwestern Pakistan, where some locations received as much as 10 times their monthly average in just 48 hours.

The best news regarding the upcoming rain is that it is expected to be much lighter than what was experienced last week. Most areas will receive only 25 to 50 millimeters (1 to 2 inches) with isolated higher amounts.

The heaviest of the rain is expected to fall over central Pakistan, south of the hardest hit areas. However, as the people of this region know all to well, some of these monsoonal rains can bring locally intense precipitation that could exacerbate the flood
situation.

Western Russia continues to bake in high temperatures and battle some of the worst wildfires in decades. Nearly 30 people have been killed by the fires and thousands have been left homeless.

Moscow once again topped 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) on Sunday. This marked the 44th consecutive day above normal for the city and the 19th consecutive day over 30 C. No relief is in sight this week, as temperatures are expected to reach the middle 30s C (middle 90s F) each day.

An area that is beginning to heat up in a different sense is the tropics. The National Hurricane Center is watching a tropical wave well out in the eastern Atlantic. The center currently gives this area an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm, and advisories may be initiated on the system as early as Sunday night.

It's too early to say exactly where the storm is heading, but any impact to the Windward Islands is still four to five days away and any impact to the United States would still be more than a week away.

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    If the American Government stops pouring Billions of taxpayer dollars to Pakistan, a huge decrease of Taliban fighters are going to be immediately seen. If the American Government point-blank orders Pakistan to stop sending it's Pakistan Taliban fighters out of Waziristan into Afghanistan to weaken and topple the Karzai Government or America will enter into Waziristan and lay waste to the Taliban Islamic Emeritae therein. The war in Afghanistan between Pakistan's Taliban and India's Pustun fighters would almost entirely cease.

    August 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Connie R.E.

    I see that aid is slow for the flood victims and saddly unfortunate. But we are talking about a country that is dangerous for any American or human being. How does anyone know whether or not the extremist will not use this as a trap to killl more Americans trying to get aid to where it is needed. We may want to do the right thing by all in need, but how do you go about it carefully? Exrtemist may be thinking how this flood disaster may benefit them. It could be a trap.

    August 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |